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Autocratic Hungarian leader Orban hailed by US conservatives

Aug. 04, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Hungary’s autocratic Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged cheering American conservatives on Thursday to “take back the institutions,” stick to hardline stances on gay rights and immigration and fight for the next U.S. presidential election as a pivotal moment for their beliefs....

Judge awards $163,000 in fees in GOP election probe

Aug. 01, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge Monday awarded about $163,000 in fees to attorneys for the liberal watchdog group American Oversight in an open records lawsuit it brought against the investigator hired by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to investigate the 2020 election. The fees...

High court's Sotomayor, Barrett try to persuade each other

Jul. 28, 2022 21:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Supreme Court justices who disagree most often on the outcomes of cases say they both still try hard to persuade each other, and sometimes succeed. Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Amy Coney Barrett made the comments in a pretaped conversation made public for the...

SKorea spy agency searched amid squabbling over NKorea cases

Jul. 13, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors raided the country’s main spy agency Wednesday in an investigation into two past North Korea-related incidents that drew criticism that the previous liberal government ignored basic human rights to improve ties with the North. ...

Austria's far-right Freedom Party names presidency candidate

Jul. 13, 2022 07:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's far-right Freedom Party has chosen former lawmaker Walter Rosenkranz as its candidate to challenge liberal incumbent Alexander Van der Bellen in the country's presidential election in October. The party said its leadership nominated Rosenkranz, 59,...

'Terrorism': Abe killing seen as attack on Japan's democracy

Jul. 11, 2022 00:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An attack on democracy and freedom of speech. A throwback to the political murders of prewar Japan. Terrorism. Public outrage, handwringing and vows of defiance by politicians and on social media are widespread following the daylight assassination by homemade gun of...

Bulgaria moves closer to early election as talks fail

Jul. 08, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian liberal party failed to find a majority in parliament to form a government, and its leader on Friday returned the mandate to President Rumen Radev, bringing the country closer to a new election — the fourth in little more than a year. Prime...

Shinzo Abe, powerful former Japan PM, leaves divided legacy

Jul. 08, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shinzo Abe was a political blueblood groomed for power. Japan's longest serving prime minister, he was also perhaps the most polarizing, complex politician in recent Japanese history. Abe, who was assassinated Friday, angered both liberals at home and World War II...

'Hopeless': Japan's weak opposition no match for ruling LDP

Jul. 07, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections, nearly a dozen opposition parties are trying to topple the Liberal Democratic Party, which has ruled, almost without interruption, since the end of World War II. These include a party whose sole platform is a call to boycott...

Wisconsin court's open records ruling decried as gutting law

Jul. 06, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday issued a ruling limiting when people who sue over open records requests can recover attorney's fees, a decision that the court's liberals and advocates for open government decried as gutting the law. ...