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An anti-government protester argues with riot police during a protest against a general amnesty law being proposed in parliament, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon removes banking secrecy rules to fight corruption

May. 28, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament approved on Thursday a law to remove decades-old banking secrecy rules in order to better fight rampant corruption that has pushed the country to the edge of economic collapse. The move opens the way for investigations into bank accounts of current and former...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

May. 26, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

Here are editorials from newspapers around Illinois. May 26, 2020 Chicago Tribune Is this news anymore? Illinois lawmakers approve out-of-balance, gimmicky budget It should not surprise you that the Illinois legislature passed another state budget that doesn’t add up. It should not surprise you that...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aid Dominic Cummings leaves his home, in London, Saturday May 23, 2020. The British government faced accusations of hypocrisy on Saturday after the revelation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser Cummings, traveled more than 250 miles (400 kms) to his parents’ house during a nationwide lockdown while he was showing coronavirus symptoms. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

British leader's aide denies 250-mile trip broke virus rules

May. 23, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government dug in Saturday to defend Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, for traveling more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) to his parents’ house during a nationwide lockdown at a time when he suspected he had the coronavirus. Opponents...

GOP files ethics complaint over Cooney's campaign meeting

May. 20, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Republican Party filed an ethics complaint with the Commissioner of Political Practices alleging Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney participated in a campaign strategy call in his office at the Capitol. The GOP’s complaint, filed Tuesday, says under state law, a public officer or...

Dutch government asks prosecutors to probe tax office

May. 19, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government reported its own taxation office to public prosecutors on Tuesday, seeking an investigation into possible discrimination in a long-running scandal centered on civil servants trying to track down parents fraudulently claiming child care benefits. The case...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 file photo, an employee of the Greek parliament, wearing a face mask to protect from the coronavirus, cleans a protective plastic shield in Athens. Across Europe and beyond, parliaments and governments have had to adapt their operations to stop the virus spreading through the corridors of power. Social distancing, online debates, masks, plexiglass, hazard tape, each country's legislature has its own measures. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Plexiglass houses: Parliaments adapt to the coronavirus age

May. 12, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — “Pfft, pfft...” The sound came through loud and clear on Greece’s parliament TV during a change of speakers: the sound of disinfectant sprayed onto microphones and the new plexiglass box installed around the podium. This is parliament in the time of coronavirus. ...

FILE— In this Tuesday April 14, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses an outline for what it will take to lift coronavirus restrictions, during a news conference at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Newsom says the state will have thousands of workers to track down everyone who may be infected by each person who contracts coronavirus. Newsom said Monday, May 4, 2020, that counties will have to show they can perform so-called contact tracing as a prerequisite to reopening businesses. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Viral sleuths needed to track California coronavirus cases

May. 4, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's ambitious plan to double the current number of coronavirus tests is being paired with a massive campaign to track down every person who may become infected by each new person who tests positive for the virus. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that as part of statewide plans to...

FILE - In this April 13, 2020, file photo, signs on the boarded up 11th Street Diner pay tribute to front line workers during the new coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Fla. Earlier this month, the city furloughed dozens of its workers and put in place a hiring freeze. Its mayor says the city is losing about $3.5 million a week because of lost revenue from empty hotels, idled restaurants and bars, and its shuttered world-famous shoreline. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

As Florida tourism falters, public employees fret about jobs

Apr. 30, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As one of Florida's tourist meccas, the city of Miami Beach is usually bustling, its restaurants and bars overflowing and its streets pulsing with traffic. Out-of-town money kept the city's coffers brimming — until the city budget began bleeding millions of dollars because...

Pritzker rejects bankruptcy idea to get out of pension debt

Apr. 22, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A suggestion by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that states like Illinois could file for bankruptcy to get out from under heavy public employee pension debt was rejected Wednesday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. McConnell, a Republican, floated the idea on Hugh Hewitt’s syndicated...

From right, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui Ying-wai, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Secretary for civil service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, Secretary for Innovation and Technology Alfred Sit Wing-hang and Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui Ching-yu line up during a news conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 to announce the new appointed principal officials. Hong Kong reshuffles cabinet, with five new minister appointments. Hong Kong on Wednesday appointed five new principal officials in a cabinet reshuffle, with new appointments for the ministers overseeing mainland affairs, civil service, financial services, home affairs as well as innovation and technology. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong reshuffles Cabinet, appoints 5 new ministers

Apr. 22, 2020 2:35 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong on Wednesday appointed five new principal officials in a Cabinet reshuffle, with new appointments for the ministers overseeing mainland affairs, civil service, financial services and home affairs, as well as innovation and technology. The reshuffle, approved by the central...