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Kuwait dissolves its parliament again amid years of political gridlock in oil-rich nation

Feb. 15, 2024 11:34 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's emir on Thursday dissolved parliament after a lawmaker reportedly insulted the ruler, the latest dissolution to strike the oil-rich nation's legislature amid years of political gridlock. The state-run KUNA news agency announced the decree...

Nicaragua's crackdown on Catholic Church spreads fear among the faithful, there and in exile

Feb. 11, 2024 08:05 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Nineteen priests kicked out of the country, dozens of incidents of harassment and church desecrations, rural areas lacking worship and social services: the situation for Catholic clergy and faithful in Nicaragua is only worsening in 2024, according to exiled priests, laypeople in the...

Gov. Lamont gives upbeat assessment of Connecticut as pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt opening day

Feb. 07, 2024 17:28 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday gave an upbeat assessment of the state and its finances, countering calls from some of his fellow Democrats to raise taxes on the wealthy and spend more money on urgent needs including higher education and social services, as well as...

Maryland leaders propose juvenile justice bill to boost accountability

Jan. 31, 2024 16:58 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's top political leaders unveiled legislation Wednesday meant to increase accountability for juvenile offenders and the adults who run the juvenile justice system, which one leading lawmaker said was struggling in an “abundance of confusion" without meaningful...

Illinois juvenile justice chief to take over troubled child-services agency

Jan. 03, 2024 16:34 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday named his director of juvenile justice to take over the troubled Department of Children and Family Services. Heidi Mueller, 49, will replace Marc D. Smith, who has been at the helm since 2019 and has been held in contempt of...