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France pledges support for Lebanon's new prime minister

Sep. 24, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Friday Lebanon’s new prime minister at the presidential palace, wishing him success and promising France would continue to support the crisis-struck country. In Beirut, protesters pelted commercial banks with eggs and rallied against...

Albanian court reopens case of ex-minister over fatal blast

Sep. 24, 2021 06:38 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian court ruled on Friday to reopen the case of a former defense minister who faced charges over a massive blast at a munitions disposal factory 13 years ago that killed 26 people. Judge Saida Dollani of the Tirana Appeals Special Court...

Republicans say charges against refugees raise concerns

Sep. 23, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans on Thursday reiterated their concerns about the vetting of Afghan refugees being housed at an Army post in the state, after two Afghan men were charged with crimes there. The criticism from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and others in...

Virginia companies settle false claims, kickback allegations

Sep. 23, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia companies have agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle allegations that they received kickbacks linked to federal government contracts reserved for certain small businesses, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday Acting...

Ex-Kansas legislator pleads not guilty to COVID relief fraud

Sep. 23, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas state Rep. Michael Capps has pleaded not guilty to 19 counts that allege he tried to defraud federal, state and county government organizations out of more than $450,000 in coronavirus relief funding. Capps entered the plea Wednesday...

Honduras' president at U.N. denies ties to drug trafficking

Sep. 22, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a bizarre speech to the UN General Assembly, Honduras’ president defended his crimefighting chops and hinted that convicted drug traffickers testifying against him in the U.S. were doing so in exchange for favorable treatment. President Juan...

Alabama mayor pleads guilty in ethics case, out of office

Sep. 22, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of an eastern Alabama city pleaded guilty Wednesday to using his official position or office for personal gain. Lanett Mayor Jonathon Kyle McCoy was immediately removed from office following his plea to felony ethics violations and is...

Panel to advise if indicted prosecutor should be suspended

Sep. 22, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor on Wednesday appointed a review panel to determine whether a district attorney who was indicted on charges of criminal misconduct while in office should be suspended while the case is pending. Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order...

Zuma's trial postponed until October in South Africa

Sep. 22, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma was postponed until Oct. 26 while the judge considers a plea from Zuma's lawyer that the prosecution team be dismissed from the case for being biased. Zuma wasn't present for the...

South Carolina agencies to get grants to help crime victims

Sep. 22, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Millions of dollars in government grants will soon flow to a variety of agencies that work with crime victims, state officials announced. The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday announced that more than $32 million will go to...