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Trump impeachment leader Schiff joins California Senate race

Jan. 26, 2023 15:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who rose to national prominence as the lead prosecutor in President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, said Thursday he is running for the Senate seat held by long-serving Democrat Dianne Feinstein. The 2024 race is quickly...

Consul: 20% of Americans in Hong Kong left in past 2 years

Jan. 26, 2023 04:53 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — About 20% of the Americans in Hong Kong have left for various reasons over the past two years, the U.S. consul general in the semi-autonomous Chinese city said, drawing harsh criticism from Beijing for allegedly interfering in its affairs. Hong Kong’s strict...

Crusading judge tests boundaries of free speech in Brazil

Jan. 25, 2023 18:59 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — With his Batman-like gown, athletic build and bald head, Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes cuts an imposing figure. To some, his actions from the bench are more intimidating. Whether it is investigating former President Jair Bolsonaro, arresting...

Tanzania's opposition leader returns after 5 years in exile

Jan. 25, 2023 12:04 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu has arrived home after five years in exile, three weeks after the country’s president lifted a ban on opposition rallies. He arrived at the main Julius Nyerere International Airport on Wednesday afternoon and was...

UN rights chief condemns killing of activist in Eswatini

Jan. 23, 2023 11:36 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — United Nations humans rights chief Volker Türk on Monday condemned the “brutal killing” of a leading pro-democracy activist in the southern African nation of Eswatini, which is one of the world's few remaining absolute monarchies. Human rights...

Taiwan ruling party's new chair vows to safeguard democracy

Jan. 18, 2023 03:51 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The new head of Taiwan's ruling party who described himself as pro-independence vowed to uphold the self-ruled island's democracy in face of China's authoritarianism and continue with policies that have defined relations with China and the U.S. Lai Ching-te,...

Shapiro takes oath of office as Pennsylvania's new governor

Jan. 17, 2023 21:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrat Josh Shapiro took the oath of office Tuesday to become the 48th governor of Pennsylvania, placing his hand on a stack of three Jewish Bibles at an inaugural ceremony outside the state Capitol to cap his blowout win in November’s election. Shapiro,...

Biden: Americans should 'pay attention' to MLK's legacy

Jan. 15, 2023 23:25 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden made a historical pilgrimage Sunday to “America's freedom church” to mark Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, saying democracy was at a perilous moment and that the civil rights leader's life and legacy "show us the way and we should pay attention.” ...

Relief groups say 5 die as Myanmar airstrikes hit churches

Jan. 14, 2023 03:18 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Airstrikes by Myanmar’s military on two villages inhabited largely by ethnic Karen killed five civilians, including a mother and her 2-year-old daughter, and destroyed two churches, two relief organizations said Friday. The dead from the airstrikes on Thursday also...

Brazil reckons with artistic treasures ruined in riot

Jan. 12, 2023 19:34 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The horde of rioters who invaded government buildings on Jan. 8 in an attack on Brazil's democracy left behind a trail of destruction whose full scope is only now coming into full view. Following a painstaking survey of the ruins, the national artistic...