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Western powers won't mediate Kosovo's domestic politics

Jan. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Western powers said Tuesday they would not get involved in mediation between Kosovo’s two main winning parties in the last election that have yet not concluded coalition talks. A statement from the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States...

Most legal experts say crime not required for impeachment

Jan. 27, 2020 8:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's defense relies in part on arguments made in the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson more than 150 years ago: that impeachment requires a crime. But most legal scholars disagree, including a law professor called by Republicans in the House investigation...

President Donald Trump speaks to attorney Alan Dershowitz, right, as he arrives for Christmas Eve dinner at Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Crime required for impeachment? Not so, say legal experts

Jan. 22, 2020 8:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's defense relies in part on arguments made in the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson more than 150 years ago: that impeachment requires a crime. But most legal scholars disagree, including a law professor called by Republicans in the House investigation...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens for a question as he visits the

Russia's Putin remains secretive about his future role

Jan. 22, 2020 12:41 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin remained tight-lipped about his future role Wednesday as he fast-tracks a set of constitutional changes widely seen as an attempt to maintain his dominance over the nation's political scene after his current term ends in 2024. Asked at a meeting with students...

Wisconsin Senate confirms 2 Evers' Cabinet secretaries

Jan. 21, 2020 3:03 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate confirmed two of Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet appointees on Tuesday in votes that come just two months after Republicans fired the governor's agriculture secretary. The chamber confirmed both Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman and Housing and...

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb stands with his wife, Janet Holcomb, center, and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, left, as he formally files paperwork to seek a second term in the 2020 election on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Secretary of State's office in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

Indiana governor not yet backing attorney general challenger

Jan. 21, 2020 2:01 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t yet throwing his support behind a top official of his administration in challenging the state attorney general who is awaiting the outcome from an investigation into allegations of drunkenly groping four women. Holcomb filed paperwork Tuesday for...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a new cabinet meeting in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Putin formed his new Cabinet Tuesday, replacing many of its members but keeping his foreign, defense and finance ministers in place. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin names new Cabinet as key members of Russian govt stay

Jan. 21, 2020 1:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin formed his new Cabinet Tuesday, replacing many of its members but keeping his foreign, defense and finance ministers in place. The Cabinet shake-up comes as Putin has launched a sweeping constitutional reform that is widely seen as an attempt to secure his...

Riot police stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters, during ongoing protests against the political elites who have ruled the country for decades, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Lebanese security forces used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in clashes with hundreds of anti-government protesters outside the country's Parliament on Sunday, as violence continued to escalate in a week of rioting in the capital. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanese officials vow to step up security after riots

Jan. 20, 2020 12:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's top security officials vowed Monday to crack down on vandalism after a week of rioting in Beirut that left hundreds of people injured and damaged public and private property — violence that comes against the backdrop of a deepening political deadlock. The announcement...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and New Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attend a Security Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament

Jan. 20, 2020 11:22 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted to parliament a package of constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024. Putin first presented the proposed changes in his state-of-the-nation address Wednesday,...

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, talks with Ukraine's Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Jan.17, 2020. Honcharuk earlier submitted his resignation to parliament following a leaked audio recording which suggested he had criticised the president. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian president rejects prime minister's resignation

Jan. 17, 2020 2:20 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected his prime minister's offer to resign and asked him to stay on the job Friday after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy — a former sitcom star with no previous political experience — knows nothing about the economy. In a...