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Comedian appears headed for landslide victory in Ukraine

Apr. 21, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV appeared poised to reprise the role in real life when an exit poll showed him winning Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday in a landslide. Results from the exit poll after voting stations closed showed...

Renamed nation has 1st presidential vote as North Macedonia

Apr. 21, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A presidential election Sunday gave voters in North Macedonia another chance to give an opinion on their country's new name and tested the center-left government that negotiated the name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece. Polls closed, as expected,...

Protesters punch Turkish opposition leader at funeral

Apr. 21, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Protesters assaulted the leader of Turkey's main opposition party during a funeral held Sunday for a soldier who was slain during clashes with Kurdish rebels. The politician was not hurt, party officials said. People threw punches at Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu...

Ukraine quiet ahead of presidential election

Apr. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who plays the role of Ukraine's president on television is set to take on the job for real, pushing out the man who currently holds the office, according to public opinion surveys ahead of Sunday's election. Saturday was a so-called "day of quiet," on which electioneering is...

Anti-govt protests resume against Serbia's populist leader

Apr. 20, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people turned out for an anti-government protest in Belgrade on Saturday, a day after Serbia's populist President Aleksandar Vucic held a mass rally in an apparent bid to counter months of street demonstrations against him. Blowing whistles, protesters marched...

Police: 'New breed' of terrorists in Northern Ireland

Apr. 20, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland arrested two teenagers Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry and warned of a "new breed" of terrorists threatening the peace. The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism...

Juncker: EU cannot keep extending Brexit deadline for UK

Apr. 19, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is warning Britain that the country's departure from the European Union cannot be put off "indefinitely." Britain was originally scheduled to leave the EU on March 29 but that date has been delayed twice, first to April 12 and now to Oct....

Thousands rally in Serbia to back populist leader Vucic

Apr. 19, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people rallied Friday in the Serbian capital of Belgrade to support populist President Aleksandar Vucic, a response to the weekly anti-government protests that have gone on for months denouncing him as an autocrat. Critics say Vucic has overseen a dilution of...

Rivals in Ukraine's presidential runoff debate at stadium

Apr. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who is the front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race and the incumbent fighting to retain his job traded accusations in a debate at a sports stadium Friday, just two days before the election. President Petro Poroshenko, who is trailing in opinion polls ahead of Sunday's...

Name change at heart of North Macedonia election

Apr. 19, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The first round of presidential elections in North Macedonia on Sunday is seen as a key test for the center-left government's survival in a society deeply divided by the country's name change to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece. The name change from just...