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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The working group proposed holding a nationwide vote on the changes on April 22. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Kremlin group sets date for constitutional vote

Feb. 26, 2020 12:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A working group chaired by Russia President Vladimir Putin has set a date for a nationwide vote on amendments to the country's Constitution that are widely seen as part of his efforts to extend his grip on power The working group's choice of April 22 coincides with the 150th anniversary of...

Malawi expected to see fresh presidential election in May

Feb. 25, 2020 8:28 AM EST

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi is expected to go to the polls for a fresh presidential election on May 19 after a court overturned last year’s vote, citing widespread irregularities. Parliament on Monday set the date while amending the Electoral Act, another of the Constitutional Court’s...

UN envoy urges Somalia's leaders to work together

Feb. 24, 2020 11:31 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Somalia urged the country’s leaders on Monday to take “bold steps” to ensure that 2020 sets the fragile Horn of Africa country on a trajectory to peace and stability, not more political division and increasing extremism. James Swan said Somalia...

FILE - In this April 5, 2016 file photo, a man carries a sign before a rally opposing the Constitution Pipeline outside the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The nearly $1 billion Constitution Pipeline project that was designed to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to metropolitan New York and New England has been abandoned after years of legal regulatory challenges made it economically unfeasible, according to a statement Monday from a spokeswoman for project partner Duke Energy said Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Costs, delays scuttle 124-mile Constitution Pipeline project

Feb. 24, 2020 2:59 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nearly $1 billion Constitution Pipeline project, which had been designed to take natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to metropolitan New York and New England, has been abandoned after years of legal regulatory challenges made it economically unfeasible, a spokeswoman...

Albanian president sues justice minister, 2 top officials

Feb. 24, 2020 10:39 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president on Monday sued the justice minister and two top officials for violating the constitution, the latest step he has taken against the left-wing Socialist Party government he accuses of violating the constitution and of links to organized crime. Ilir Meta accused the...

FILE - In this  Jan. 14, 2020, file photo, an Equal Rights Amendment supporters yell encouragement to two legislators as they walk down a hallway inside the state Capitol in Richmond, Va. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that roughly three in four Americans support the gender equality amendment, which is now back before Congress with Virginia's ratification of the measure in January. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP, File)

AP-NORC poll: Most Americans support Equal Rights Amendment

Feb. 24, 2020 8:02 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LaVonne Hirashima had two children by the time she was 20 and no time to get a college degree. Instead, the single parent doubled down at work and built a stable career in information technology, and now works for a government contractor. Still, Hirashima, 48, said she lost out on...

FILE This Monday Jan. 27, 2020 file photo shows Equal Rights Amendment supporter Donna Granski, right, from Midlothian Va., cheers the passage of the House ERA Resolution in the Senate chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.  The resolution passed 27-12.  In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

GOP attorneys general seek to block Equal Rights Amendment

Feb. 21, 2020 1:24 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five Republican attorneys general are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment is adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Legal chiefs in five states — Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota — filed a...

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell speaks at a news conference with lawmakers at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in support of an amendment to to remove a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes from the state Constitution. Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made it his new year's resolution to get it deleted. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Lawmakers target slavery clause in Minnesota Constitution

Feb. 20, 2020 3:31 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Spurred by a police chief, Minnesota lawmakers launched a drive Thursday to remove from the state constitution a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes. St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made...

Kentucky Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, left, chats with fellow Sen. Damon Thayer during a State and Local Government Committee meeting at the state capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The legislative panel gave initial approval Wednesday to a proposed constitutional amendment to put limits on a governor's power to grant pardons or commute sentences. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Panel advances proposal to limit gubernatorial pardon powers

Feb. 19, 2020 7:25 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Responding to an outcry over some of the previous governor's pardons, a Kentucky legislative panel gave initial approval to a proposal to put limits on the pardon powers of his successors. The measure cleared the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday. It would amend...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks at a rally held by Fairness Campaign to advance LGBTQ rights, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in the Rotunda at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Governor makes history by attending gay rights rally

Feb. 19, 2020 7:02 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear spoke against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and supported a ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth during a historic appearance at a gay-rights rally Wednesday at Kentucky’s Capitol. Beshear became Kentucky's first sitting...