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Lebanon’s outgoing PM backs businessman to replace him

Dec. 3, 2019 8:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday he supports the nomination of a prominent contractor to become the next premier, a move that will likely pave the way for the formation of a new Cabinet amid a severe economic and financial crisis. The news of the possible...

Senate approves successor to Rick Perry as energy secretary

Dec. 2, 2019 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to succeed Rick Perry as energy secretary won easy Senate confirmation Monday, despite a Democratic senator’s objections that the nominee hadn’t fully answered questions related to the Trump impeachment investigation. Several other...

Ruckelshaus, who defied Nixon in Watergate firing, dies

Nov. 27, 2019 5:03 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the U.S. Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the U.S....

Thousands rally in support of embattled Israeli leader

Nov. 26, 2019 2:14 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Thousands of people rallied in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday in what was intended to be a show of strength for the Israeli leader as he battles a corruption indictment and a possible rebellion within his own party. While the demonstration has no impact on...

Sri Lanka leader appoints Cabinet, brother will lead finance

Nov. 22, 2019 2:05 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president on Friday appointed a 16-member interim Cabinet and allotted finance and other ministries to his brother, the new prime minister. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was elected last week, also said he would call a parliamentary election as early as...

Israel’s Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges

Nov. 21, 2019 3:48 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday in a series of corruption cases, throwing Israel’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening his 10-year grip on power. He rejected calls to resign, angrily accusing prosecutors of staging “an...

Canada’s Trudeau names new Cabinet; Freeland is deputy PM

Nov. 20, 2019 5:13 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his new Cabinet on Wednesday and Chrystia Freeland is moving from foreign affairs to become Canada’s deputy prime minister. Freeland will still oversee Canada-U.S. relations and the new trade agreement with the United States and Mexico that...

Energy nominee distances himself from Ukraine investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy to outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that he had no role in the Ukraine matters now at the heart of the House’s impeachment investigation as he tried to distance himself from the controversy with the Senate considering his Cabinet nomination....

Indiana attorney general seeking new term amid groping case

Nov. 14, 2019 12:54 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general, who is awaiting the outcome from professional misconduct allegations of drunkenly groping four women that threaten his law license, announced Thursday that he’s running for a second term. Republican Curtis Hill made the announcement in a video...

After boost from Perry, supporters got huge Ukraine gas deal

Nov. 12, 2019 7:43 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president. Perry's efforts to influence Ukraine's energy...