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Syrian president issues new amnesty, reduces sentences

Sep. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree Sunday granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before Sept. 14, state news agency SANA said. Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions — most recently last year — since Syria's crisis...

Dem presidential candidates call for Kavanaugh's impeachment

Sep. 15, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least three Democratic presidential candidates are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college. Kavanaugh was confirmed last October after emotional hearings in the...

Tunisia seeks new leader to boost economy, fight terror

Sep. 15, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians are casting ballots in their North African country's second democratic presidential election, choosing among 26 candidates for a leader who can safeguard its young democracy and tackle its unemployment, corruption and economic despair. The voting followed a noisy but brief...

Egypt's el-Sissi dismisses corruption allegations

Sep. 14, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Saturday angrily dismissed corruption allegations made by a businessman-in-exile against the country's military as "sheer lies and defamation." In viral social media videos posted over the past week, the entrepreneur alleged large-scale misuse of public funds in the...

North Macedonia prosecutor dismissed over corruption scandal

Sep. 14, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in North Macedonia have dismissed a special prosecutor tasked with investigating high-level corruption who herself has been detained under suspicion of involvement in a high-profile graft scandal. All 102 lawmakers present at the session in the 120-member parliament...

Sudan court says trial of al-Bashir to resume next week

Sep. 14, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese court says the trial of former President Omar al-Bashir on corruption and money laundering charges will resume next week. The court on Saturday heard the testimony of five witnesses, including from Hatem Hassan Bakhit, the director of al-Bashir's office. Bakhit had previously...

Texas mayor indicted on charges that he hid 1998 conviction

Sep. 14, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

CIBOLO, Texas (AP) — A suburban San Antonio mayor has been arrested after a grand jury earlier indicted him on charges of aggravated perjury and tampering with government documents with the intent to defraud. Cibolo Mayor Stan "Stosh" Boyle turned himself in to authorities Thursday and was released from...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Dems and their tale of 2 countries

Sep. 14, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant — and, hey, how about those...

California governor commutes sentences for 21 inmates

Sep. 13, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that he has commuted the sentences of 21 prison inmates, most convicted of murder or attempted murder and seven of whom had been serving life terms with no chance of parole. The freshman Democratic governor cited the youth of...

Justice Dept. opposes House request for Mueller materials

Sep. 13, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department told a judge Friday that the House Judiciary Committee shouldn't get access to secret grand jury material amassed during the special counsel's Russia investigation, even as it weighs whether to pursue impeachment. The response comes nearly two months after the...