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University says can’t fire professor for ‘bigoted’ remarks

Nov. 21, 2019 7:27 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A professor at Indiana University who defended “racist, sexist, and homophobic” comments that he posted on his social media accounts will keep his job because his views are protected under the Constitution, university officials announced after they were bombarded with...

Bolivian interim leader proposes new elections as toll rises

Nov. 20, 2019 6:00 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s self-proclaimed interim president sent a bill on holding new elections to congress Wednesday amid escalating violence that has claimed at least 30 lives since a disputed Oct. 20 vote and the subsequent resignation and exile of former leader Evo Morales. Officials...

Ex-lawmakers sue to block Michigan’s legislative term limits

Nov. 20, 2019 4:46 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eight former Michigan lawmakers filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging they have been unconstitutionally blocked from running again by “draconian” term-limit restrictions that also prevent voters from backing candidates of their choice. The suit, filed in Grand Rapids...

Thai court removes pro-democracy politician from Parliament

Nov. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that a popular pro-democracy opposition leader violated election laws and cannot keep his seat in Parliament. The court said Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the 40-year-old head of the new Future Forward Party, violated a regulation barring...

Abe becomes Japan’s longest-serving prime minister

Nov. 20, 2019 6:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made history Wednesday by becoming Japan’s longest-serving political leader, though he hasn’t achieved his biggest goal of revising the nation’s pacifist constitution. Abe marked his 2,887th day in office, surpassing Taro Katsura from the early...

AP Explains: How have the protests in Chile evolved?

Nov. 20, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — It’s been nearly five weeks since the most potent civil unrest in Chile’s recent history broke out, bringing mass protests across the South American nation. Most of the demonstrators are peaceful as they push a broad range of demands intended to bring more equality to...

Thousands protest election reform failure in Georgia

Nov. 17, 2019 12:24 PM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of Georgians protested outside the Caucasus country’s parliament Sunday, demanding snap elections after lawmakers failed to pass a promised electoral-reform measure. The Georgian Dream party, which dominates the country’s politics and holds a strong majority...

Bolivia’s crisis exposes old racial, geographic divides

Nov. 17, 2019 12:04 AM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s increasingly violent political crisis is exposing historical racial, ethnic and geographic divides that many thought had been overcome after 14 years of rule by the Andean nation’s first indigenous president and a new “plurinational”...

Bolivian interim leader meets UN envoy amid violence fears

Nov. 16, 2019 11:14 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — A U.N. envoy met with Bolivia’s interim president Saturday to find a way out of the country’s political crisis while the world body expressed concern the situation could “spin out of control” amid a rising death toll. On leaving the meeting with interim...

Bolivia: 5 dead in clashes challenging interim government

Nov. 15, 2019 11:38 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian security forces clashed with supporters of former President Evo Morales in a central town Friday, leaving at least five people dead, dozens more injured and escalating the challenge to the country’s interim government to restore stability. Guadalberto Lara, director...