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FILE - In this July 6, 2011, file photo, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, right, greets people from the South Korean delegation in Durban, South Africa, for the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) session that will decide the host city for the 2018 Olympics Winter Games. Lee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died, a Samsung statement said Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. He was 78. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

Lee Kun-Hee, force behind Samsung’s rise, dies at 78

Oct. 25, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics but whose leadership was also marred by corruption convictions, died on Sunday. He was 78. Lee died with his family members by his side,...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Rhode Island Democrat Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello gavels open a late afternoon session of the legislature at the State House in Providence, R.I. Mattiello is seeking for re-election in the state's 15th legislative district in the Nov. 3, 2020, election. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

RI's House speaker in tight race in pro-Trump district

Oct. 25, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Could a big political upset potentially be brewing in the littlest state? Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello — one of Rhode Island's most powerful politicians — is in a tight race as he campaigns to hang on to his legislative seat in a district that backed...

Rights group slams Egypt’s execution of 49 this month

Oct. 22, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading international human rights group on Thursday condemned Egypt's execution of 49 people so far this month — some arrested during a deadly crackdown on a mass protest in 2013 — and urged authorities in Cairo to grant fair retrials to those on the death row. Between Oct. 3...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to North Carolina. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump grants clemency to five backed by ally Alice Johnson

Oct. 21, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted clemency to five people convicted of committing drug and financial crimes, all of them cases that were pushed by prison reform advocate and Trump ally Alice Johnson. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday in a statement...

Anchorage, Alaska Mayor Ethan Berkowitz addresses the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Berkowitz on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a female reporter, three days after she made online allegations against the married official. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Nude photos and death threats: Scandal topples Alaska mayor

Oct. 14, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A stunning tale of inappropriate behavior between a politician and a television anchor, death threats and nude photos culminated in a joint police and FBI investigation, the arrest of the journalist and the resignation of the mayor of Anchorage. Ethan Berkowitz, the top elected...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020 Cardinal Angelo Becciu talks to journalists during a press conference in Rome. Italy’s financial police said Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 that a Sardinian woman, Cecilia Marogna, said to be close to one of the Holy See’s most powerful cardinals, Becciu, before his downfall, was arrested in Milan, northern Italy, late Tuesday on an international warrant issued by the Vatican City State. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Woman close to Vatican cardinal arrested in corruption probe

Oct. 14, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's latest corruption scandal already had all the elements of a spy thriller: One cardinal who was fired during a “surreal" nighttime audience with the pope. Another cardinal, the nemesis of the first, who returned triumphantly to Rome after being acquitted of sexual...

Judge rejects N.C. political donor's prison delay request

Oct. 14, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An insurance company magnate and major North Carolina political donor convicted on corruption-related counts months ago must begin his federal prison term next week, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn rejected Greg E. Lindberg's request that his active sentence be...

Supporters of Porfirio Munoz Ledo hold up posters of him outside Morena party headquarters, amid elections to select the party's leader in Mexico City, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The ruling party is making its third try at electing a party leader. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Party chaos threatens Mexican president's administration

Oct. 13, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Andrés Manuel López Obrador created his own party to win Mexico's presidency. Now its internal weakness and divisions threaten to undermine his administration. López Obrador's National Regeneration Movement — known to all in Mexico as Morena — has been trying...

FILE - In this Monday, April 29, 2019 file photo, Marian Kotleba, Chairman of the far-right People's Party Our Slovakia, walks to arrive at the Supreme Court in Bratislava, Slovakia, Saturday Feb. 29, 2020. The leader of a far-right party with seats in the Slovak parliament was convicted of illegal use of neo-Nazi symbols and sentenced to four years and four months in prison on Monday Oct. 12. 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

Slovakia's far-right leader sentenced to 4 years in prison

Oct. 12, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The leader of a far-right party with seats in the Slovak parliament was convicted of illegal use of neo-Nazi symbols and sentenced to four years and four months in prison on Monday. Marian Kotleba, head of the People’s Party Our Slovakia, was standing trial after he...

European Parliament member Ioannis Lagos, who had been found guilty along with others of leading a criminal organization and face five to 15 years in prison, uses his mobile phone outside a court, waiting for his sentencing in Athens, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. An Athens court has extended to Monday a sentencing hearing for leading members and associates of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn convicted earlier this week of multiple crimes. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Far-right EU lawmaker in Greek court for criminal trial

Oct. 12, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A member of the European Parliament appeared in a Greek court Monday after being convicted last week of being a leading member of a criminal organization along with other members of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party. Ioannis Lagos, who faces up to 15 years in prison, traveled from...