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Pakistan's northwest tribal areas hold 1st local polls

Jul. 20, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

JAMRUD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas held their first-ever provincial elections Saturday, in a region on the Afghan border that was once a stronghold for the Taliban, al-Qaida and other militant groups. The seven tribal areas were integrated last year into the northwestern Khyber...

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

Jul. 17, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House voted, 230-198, to hold Attorney General William...

Mississippi: Election lawsuit is not about voting rights

Jul. 16, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys defending Mississippi say a lawsuit that challenges the state's system of choosing a governor is about "partisan politics," not about protecting African Americans' voting rights. The election-year lawsuit was filed May 30 in federal court by four black plaintiffs with...

Duterte 'seriously considering' cutting ties with Iceland

Jul. 16, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. Presidential spokesman...

Duterte critics laud UN vote to scrutinize drug killings

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Critics of the Philippine president's deadly anti-drug campaign said Friday that a vote by the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects is a crucial step toward bringing perpetrators to justice and helping end the killings. President Rodrigo...

UN rights body narrowly passes resolution on Philippines

Jul. 11, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body has narrowly passed a resolution that includes calls for greater scrutiny in the Philippines. The Human Rights Council voted 18-14 with 15 abstentions to approve the resolution on Thursday. The measure, presented by Iceland, cites allegations of thousands of...

Voting group founded by Georgia's Abrams raises $3.9 million

Jul. 9, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The political action committee for a group founded by former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has reported raising $3.9 million in the past six months. Abrams founded Fair Fight to support voting rights after narrowly losing to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in November....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts census, Obama-Biden record

Jul. 8, 2019 12:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is stretching the truth in his legally questionable bid to get a citizenship question added to the 2020 census. Brushing aside a Supreme Court ruling against him and his agencies saying it's probably too late, Trump is ordering that the question somehow be included...

Justice Department presses for census citizenship question

Jul. 6, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it will press its search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is "very seriously" considering an executive order to get the question on the form. Trump said Friday his...

US to pursue citizenship question on census but path unclear

Jul. 5, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it will press its search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is "very seriously" considering an executive order to get the question on the form. Trump said his...