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Serbia's parliament picks former foreign minister as speaker

Oct. 22, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s new parliament on Thursday chose as its speaker the country's former foreign minister, who was once an ally of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic. Ivica Dacic was backed by 224 of the 225 lawmakers present in the 250-seat legislature, which is overwhelmingly packed...

Golden Dawn party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, center, leaves his residence in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.A court has sentenced Michaloliakos and the leadership of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members, and supporters of the organization founded as a Neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, that rose to become Greece's third-largest political party during a major financial crisis in the previous decade. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greek court imprisons far-right Golden Dawn party leadership

Oct. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Former lawmakers of Greece's extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party began turning themselves in to authorities Thursday, after a court ordered their imprisonment following their convictions for running the party like a criminal organization. In the final act of a marathon five-year,...

Canada avoids snap election after Parliament vote

Oct. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Justin Trudeau's Liberal government avoided being toppled in a confidence vote Wednesday after a majority of Parliament members voted against a Conservative motion to create a special anti-corruption committee The Liberal government had declared the motion to be a matter of confidence....

Opposition push to set up probe could force Canada election

Oct. 20, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government said Monday an opposition push for an anti-corruption committee will trigger a vote that could force a fall election in Canada. Liberal House Leader Pablo Rodriguez said the government considers the Conservative motion to be a matter of...

A Sri Lankan vegetable seller pushes his cart past posters against a proposed constitutional amendment that would consolidate power in the president’s hands in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Sinhalese reads

Sri Lanka court: Constitutional amendment needs referendum

Oct. 20, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s highest court has ruled that four sections of a proposed amendment to the constitution that would consolidate power in the president’s hands will need approval in a public referendum to become law because they are against the people's sovereignty. The...

Presiding judge Maria Lepenioti , left, and members of the court listens during the Golden Dawn trial, in Athens, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. A prosecutor has recommended all former lawmakers of Greece's extreme right Golden Dawn party who have been sentenced to prison for leading or participating in a criminal organization should be allowed to remain free pending appeal.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Prosecutor recommends suspended sentences for Golden Dawn

Oct. 19, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A prosecutor on Monday recommended that all former lawmakers of Greece’s extreme right Golden Dawn party who have been convicted and sentenced to prison for leading or participating in a criminal organization should be allowed to remain free until their appeal has been heard....

Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister Sadyr Zhaparov, left, walks behind Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov during an official transfer of power ceremony at the Kyrgyzstan Parliament in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Kyrgyzstan's embattled president has his resignation after a disputed parliamentary election in the Central Asian nation. It's the third time in 15 years that a leader of the country has been ousted by a popular uprising. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Kyrgyzstan's prime minister becomes acting president

Oct. 16, 2020 4:54 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister became the acting head of state Friday in the wake of the president's resignation amid turmoil sparked by a disputed parliamentary election. Supporters of newly appointed Prime Minister Sadyr Zhaparov, rallied in the capital, Bishkek, and threatened to storm...

Protesters react waving Kyrgyz national flags as they wait for Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sadyr Zhaparov speech in front of the government building in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Kyrgyzstan's embattled president has discussed his possible resignation with his newly appointed prime minister in a bid to end the political crisis in the Central Asian country after a disputed parliamentary election. President Sooronbai Jeenbekov held talks with Prime Minister Sadyr Zhaparov a day after refusing to appoint him to the post over concerns whether parliament could legitimately nominate him. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Kyrgyzstan president faces pressure to resign amid turmoil

Oct. 14, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan's embattled president on Wednesday dismissed a call to step down, saying he would stay on the job until the political situation in the Central Asian country stabilizes after a disputed parliamentary election. President Sooronbai Jeenbekov held talks with Prime Minister Sadyr...

3 election candidates from Myanmar's ruling party abducted

Oct. 14, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Three election candidates from Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy party were abducted Wednesday by an unknown armed group in the western state of Rakhine, a party official said. Min Aung, a member of the Rakhine state parliament, Ni Ni May Myint, a lower house...

Sri Lanka Catholic bishops oppose proposed charter amendment

Oct. 13, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Catholic leaders urged the government on Tuesday not to proceed with a constitutional amendment that would consolidate power in the president’s hands, saying it would undermine democracy. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka said the government...