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Canada's Trudeau comes under fire over brownface photo

Sep. 19, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — At a time when bigotry seems on the rise around the world and doors are being shut, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become known as a champion of diversity. Now, amid his bid for re-election, that reputation is under attack in a furor triggered by a photo of him in brownface at a...

In Israel, calls for unity reveal deep divisions after vote

Sep. 19, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, on Thursday each called for the formation of a unity government following Israel's inconclusive national election. But with both men demanding to be prime minister, there were no signs they could break the deadlock. The...

Indonesia sports minister resigns over corruption allegation

Sep. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's sports minister resigned Thursday after being accused of stealing 26.5 billion rupiah ($1.8 million) in public money. Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said at a news conference in the capital, Jakarta, that President Joko Widodo had accepted his resignation so he...

'A dumb thing to do': Trudeau apologizes for brownface

Sep. 18, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian leader Justin Trudeau's campaign was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. The prime minister apologized and said "it was a dumb thing to do." Time magazine posted the photo, which it says was published in the...

University of California chief Janet Napolitano to step down

Sep. 18, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano, who oversaw historic expansions of the 10-campus system and championed immigrant students, but whose management structure faced criticism and embarrassing scrutiny, said Wednesday she will step down in August 2020. Napolitano, a...

Pennsylvania lawmaker in child porn possession case resigns

Sep. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who is facing child pornography possession charges resigned Wednesday, just hours after his arrest spurred condemnation and calls for him to step down. Sen. Mike Folmer was charged late Tuesday by the state attorney general's office after agents...

The Latest: Lawmaker in child porn possession case resigns

Sep. 18, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a Pennsylvania state lawmaker charged with possessing child pornography (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Senate officials say a Pennsylvania state lawmaker who is facing child pornography possession charges has resigned. Sen. Mike Folmer's apparent resignation Wednesday...

Senior Portugal official quits amid corruption investigation

Sep. 18, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's secretary of state for civil protection has quit on the same day police and magistrates searched government offices as part of a corruption investigation. A government statement Wednesday said Artur Neves resigned for personal reasons. However, the attorney general's...

New York judge resigns after compliant about noose posting

Sep. 17, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town judge resigned following a complaint about a Facebook post that featured a noose, a Trump campaign slogan and a phrase about making "evil people" fear punishment. The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Tuesday that Altona Town Court Justice...

DC prepares for 1st House statehood hearing in 25 years

Sep. 17, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 140 U.S. flags bearing an extra star are flying along Pennsylvania Avenue as Washington, D.C., prepares for its first House hearing on U.S. statehood in a quarter century. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser led a caravan toward to the U.S. Capitol on Monday to symbolize the city's fight for...