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'No magic wand:' Lebanon's new PM-designate urges unity

Jul. 26, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s newly appointed Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati on Monday urged unity to begin recovery from a devastating economic and financial meltdown roiling the country. He said he will strive to form a new government but the situation is too dire to overcome with the...

North Macedonia: 4 jailed over 2017 parliament attack

Jul. 26, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A court in North Macedonia on Monday sentenced the country’s former parliamentary speaker and three other senior officials over a violent attack against parliament in 2017. A panel of judges sentenced former Speaker Trajko Veljanoski to...

AP Interview: PM says Iraq doesn't need US combat troops

Jul. 26, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said...

Tunisian president fires premier after violent protests

Jul. 25, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s president fired the country's prime minister Sunday and froze parliament’s activities after violent demonstrations over the country’s pandemic and economic situation. Protesters erupted with celebration in the streets of Tunis after...

Russia designates media outlet, reporters, as foreign agents

Jul. 23, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities designated an investigative media outlet and several journalists as “foreign agents" Friday, raising pressure on the country's independent media ahead of a September parliamentary election. The Justice Ministry said it added the...

Bulgaria's new parliament convenes for first session

Jul. 21, 2021 07:37 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s new parliament convened Wednesday for its first session since the country’s July 11 election. The second election in just three months elevated an anti-elite party as the winner to edge out Boyko Borissov’s center right GERB party...

Glenn Koepp, former secretary of the Louisiana Senate, dies

Jul. 19, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Senate Secretary Glenn Koepp, a lawyer who worked in the Senate for decades before rising to the chief administrative officer's position, has died. He was 76 years old. Koepp's death was confirmed Monday by Gov. John Bel Edwards...

Rights group in Russia shuts down amid government crackdown

Jul. 18, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A rights group in Russia announced Sunday that it was shutting down, citing fear of prosecution of its members and supporters after Russian authorities blocked its website for allegedly publishing content from an “undesirable” organization. The Team...

Nepal's new PM gets confidence vote in parliament

Jul. 18, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s new prime minister got the support of more than half the members of the House of Representatives, which would allow him to continue in power until general elections scheduled for next year. Sher Bahadur Deuba got 165 votes in his favor...

Armenian court upholds results of snap parliamentary vote

Jul. 17, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's Constitutional Court on Saturday rejected an appeal challenging the results of the country's snap parliamentary election. The court's verdict upheld the victory of acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's party in last month's vote. ...