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Senior EPA official steps down amid House ethics probe

Jun. 26, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Environment Protection Agency official who helped lead the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era restrictions of carbon emissions is resigning amid a congressional probe into whether he improperly aided former industry clients. EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum is...

Moldova's Constitutional Court judges resign

Jun. 26, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — All six judges at Moldova's Constitutional Court, whose decisions have fueled a deep political crisis in the ex-Soviet republic, have resigned. The court said in a statement Wednesday that the judges stepped down and "the competent authorities will be notified in order to appoint...

Border official resigns amid uproar over migrant children

Jun. 26, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigned Tuesday amid an uproar over the discovery of migrant children being held in pitiful conditions at one of the agency's stations in Texas. Acting Commissioner John Sanders' departure deepened the sense of crisis and added to the...

State GOP chair resigns after complaint by female candidate

Jun. 25, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party chairman stepped down Tuesday following a published report that he had traded sexually charged text messages with a Philadelphia City Council candidate and also sent her an explicit photo. Val DiGiorgio's resignation was announced by the state...

Georgian lawmakers walk out to protest police crackdown

Jun. 25, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Opposition lawmakers walked out of Georgia's parliament Tuesday after the ruling party ignored demands for the interior minister's resignation over a violent crackdown on protesters. Throngs of protesters tried to break into parliament last Thursday, vexed by a Russian lawmaker...

New corruption allegations hit Puerto Rico's government

Jun. 25, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A top Puerto Rico official said Tuesday that he appeared before a federal grand jury investigating a former government adviser in the latest corruption allegation to hit the U.S. territory this week. Chief of Staff Ricardo Llerandi said he answered questions and submitted...

Probe advised of ex-defense secretary over Sri Lankan blasts

Jun. 25, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's attorney general advised the acting police chief on Monday to launch a criminal investigation of the former defense secretary over "major lapses" that contributed to security failures ahead of Easter suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. Attorney General...

Georgia's ruling party announces electoral changes

Jun. 24, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The leader of Georgia's ruling party said Monday that the ex-Soviet nation will hold the next parliamentary election based entirely on a proportionate system, fulfilling a key demand of anti-government protesters. The statement from Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder of the Georgian...

Governor in Russia's North Caucasus quits following protests

Jun. 24, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A governor in Russia's North Caucasus responsible for an unpopular land swap deal has stepped down. Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said in a televised address on Monday that he was resigning as governor of Ingushetia. He did not mention the unpopular land deal but said he was stepping down because of...

Rescuers find 2 alive in collapsed building in Cambodia

Jun. 24, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — Rescuers on Monday found two survivors in the rubble of a building that collapsed two days earlier while under construction in a Cambodian beach town, killing 28 workers and injuring 26 others as they slept in the unfinished condominium that doubled as their housing. A...