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US ambassador openly questions Afghan government on graft

Aug. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday openly questioned the Afghan government's commitment to fighting corruption after reports that a key figure in a massive banking scandal received an early prison release in return for a large campaign donation. Ambassador...

Ethics commissioner finds Canada PM Trudeau violated ethics

Aug. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's ethics commissioner said Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured a former attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of a company, a development that could imperil his re-election chances. The report comes just before the official start of...

GOP congressman set to go to trial weeks before 2020 primary

Aug. 13, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter won't go on trial until next year on corruption charges that involve the spending of campaign cash on vacations, extramarital affairs and other items, a U.S. judge decided Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Whelan changed the trial date from Sept. 10 to Jan....

Texas lawmakers ask state police to investigate GOP scandal

Aug. 12, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A panel of Texas lawmakers on Monday asked state police to investigate allegations that Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media credentials for the chamber to a hardline conservative activist in exchange for campaigning against a group of GOP incumbents in the 2020...

Scandal-ridden NRA head LaPierre digs in against gun control

Aug. 9, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

In the aftermath of the back-to-back shooting massacres in Texas and Ohio , the debate over gun control has returned to the National Rifle Association and its immense power to stymie any significant legislation on the issue. The man largely responsible for the NRA's uncompromising stance is its decades-long CEO,...

Polish parliament picks new speaker, seeking to end scandal

Aug. 9, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers have chosen a new parliamentary speaker as the ruling populist party seeks to move past a scandal over the frequent use of a government jet by the previous speaker and his family. A majority of lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted on Friday to make...

Scandal-ridden NRA head LaPierre digs in against gun control

Aug. 9, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

In the aftermath of the back-to-back shooting massacres in Texas and Ohio, the debate over gun control has returned to the National Rifle Association and its immense power to stymie any significant legislation on the issue. The man largely responsible for the NRA's uncompromising stance is its decades-long CEO,...

Democratic Party sues Republican Texas House speaker

Aug. 8, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Democratic Party is suing state House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, seeking release of a recording made secretly of a meeting between the two. The lawsuit filed in a state district court in Austin Thursday alleges the meeting violated...

Poland's parliament speaker resigns over use of govt flights

Aug. 8, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The speaker of the Polish parliament said Thursday that he is resigning after a scandal erupted over his and his family's frequent use of government planes. The affair was threatening to damage the reputation of the right-wing ruling party, Law and Justice, ahead of parliamentary...

Pakistan again arrests daughter of convicted ex-PM Sharif

Aug. 8, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A spokeswoman for Pakistan's main opposition party says authorities detained the daughter of the country's convicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while she was visiting her father in prison. Maryam Aurangzeb, spokeswoman for the Pakistan Muslim League party, said the arrest of...