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Putin foe Navalny urges EU to be ready for Russian election

Nov. 27, 2020 6:46 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny urged the European Union to reject the results of Russia's parliamentary election next year if any candidates are blocked from taking part and he called Friday on the EU to impose sanctions on oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin. Navalny,...

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta speaks during an interview in her office Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wellington, New Zealand. Mahutu is the first Indigenous Maori woman to be appointed foreign minister in New Zealand, and promises to bring a new perspective to the role. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

AP Interview: Mahuta hits refresh on New Zealand diplomacy

Nov. 26, 2020 8:07 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Diplomats like to remain neutral but Nanaia Mahuta let the veil slip a little when a winner was declared in the U.S. election by tweeting a smiley-face emoji. Mahuta, the first indigenous Maori woman to be appointed New Zealand's foreign affairs minister, suppresses a...

U.S. Army Spc. Dominic Deitrick, assigned to the 1-186th Infantry Battalion, Task Force Guardian, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, seen through a night-vision device, provides security for a 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) C-130J Super Hercules during unloading and loading operations Friday, June 12, 2020 at an unidentified location in Somalia. No country has been involved in Somalia's future as much as the United States but now the Trump administration is thinking of withdrawing the several hundred U.S. military troops from the nation at what some experts call the worst possible time. (Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa via AP)

'Why now?' Dismay as US considers troop pullout from Somalia

Nov. 26, 2020 11:59 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — No country has been involved in Somalia’s future as much as the United States. Now the Trump administration is thinking of withdrawing the several hundred U.S. military troops from the Horn of Africa nation at what some experts call the worst possible time. Three decades of...

FILE - In this file photo dated  Thursday, May 23, 2019, Thierry Baudet, leader of the populist party Forum for Democracy, casts his ballot for the European elections in Amsterdam, Netherlands,.   The leader of a Dutch right-wing populist party, Thierry Baudet said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, he would not lead it into parliamentary elections in March 2021 amid unrest caused by a report of far-right messages being exchanged by members of the party's youth wing. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

Dutch populist Baudet suggests splitting party he created

Nov. 26, 2020 9:58 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Less than four months before the general election, a rising force in Dutch populism is in turmoil and looks to be careering toward an acrimonious breakup amid accusations of extreme right and anti-Semitic sympathies among some members of its youth wing. After winning Dutch...

Theary Seng, center, a Cambodian-American lawyer gestures as she enters the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. A Cambodian court on Thursday began hearing the cases of nearly 130 opponents and government critics charged with treason for taking part in nonviolent political activities over the past three years, in what one of them described as a sham trial. Theary Seng, who has long been one of the most outspoken critics of Hun Sen and his government, is one of the best known defendants living in Cambodia.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodia begins mass trial of opposition activists

Nov. 26, 2020 3:48 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Thursday began hearing the cases of nearly 130 government critics and opponents charged with treason for taking part in nonviolent political activities over the past three years, in what one of them called a sham trial. Only 33 defendants attended Thursday's...

Hungary: Planned election law change could hamper opposition

Nov. 24, 2020 12:26 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s government is considering an electoral law amendment that would make it harder for opposition parties to pursue their unity strategy against the powerful ruling party in future elections. After a 2012 overhaul by the ruling Fidesz party and its leader, Prime...

Newly elected prime minister Ingrida Simonyte, speaks to the media, at the Parliament in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Lithuania's parliament approved Ingrida Simonyte as the new prime minister on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Lithuania's parliament OKs new PM, then closes due to virus

Nov. 24, 2020 8:25 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania’s parliament approved Tuesday conservative Ingrida Simonyte as the Baltic country’s next prime minister before shutting down for a week because of a recent COVID-19 spike in the country. Simonyte, 46, will head a three-party center-right coalition after...

FILE- In this April 16, 2009 file photo, the Kuwait city skyline is seen through the haze of a sand storm in Kuwait City. Kuwait, one of the world’s wealthiest countries, is facing a debt crisis. The pandemic has sent the price of oil crashing to all-time lows and pushed Kuwait toward a reckoning with its longtime largesse for its citizens just as a parliamentary election looms in Dec. 2020. It needs the new parliament to approve raising its debt spending and passing the bill will be the first legislative challenge for Kuwait's new emir. (AP Photo, File)

Oil-rich Kuwait faces reckoning as debt crisis looms

Nov. 24, 2020 1:08 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Kuwait emerged from a monthslong coronavirus lockdown, hundreds of Kuwaitis flocked to reopened stores, the lines clogging malls, snaking through hallways and spilling onto sidewalks. But unlike much of the world, where long lines formed for donated food, Kuwaitis...

Dutch populist Baudet says he won't lead party at elections

Nov. 23, 2020 2:41 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The leader of a Dutch right-wing populist party said Monday he wouldn't lead it into parliamentary elections in March amid unrest caused by a report of far-right messages being exchanged by members of the party's youth wing. The decision of Thierry Baudet, considered a rising...

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Libya's warring sides have agreed to hold nationwide elections in December next year, the top U.N. official for the North African country said Friday in a sign of progress from the U.N.-brokered peace talks underway in Tunisia. (AP Photo/Walid Haddad)

Libya’s rivals meet to discuss transitional government

Nov. 23, 2020 1:00 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rivals began a second round of talks Monday on a mechanism to choose a transitional government that would lead the conflict-stricken country to elections in December next year, the United Nations said. U.N. acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams headed the online meeting of...