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Louisiana governor: Judge should resign after racial slurs

Feb. 26, 2020 1:16 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards called Wednesday on a Louisiana judge to step down after she admitted to using racial slurs in angry text messages. The Democratic governor said the “state deserves better.” Edwards said in a statement that District Judge Jessie LeBlanc...

Right-wing politician Jansa set to become Slovenia's new PM

Feb. 26, 2020 8:34 AM EST

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — A veteran right-wing politician has been nominated to become Slovenia’s new prime minister following the resignation last month of a liberal head of government. Slovenia’s president Borut Pahor on Wednesday formally appointed Janez Jansa as prime minister-designate...

Politician Anwar Ibrahim, right, gestures next to his wife Wan Azizah Ismail as they head to their party headquarters after meeting the king in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Malaysia's king held unusual consultations with lawmakers for a second day Wednesday to resolve a political vacuum caused by the abrupt collapse of the ruling coalition and the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (AP Photo)

Malaysia's Mahathir wants nonpartisan gov't if picked as PM

Feb. 26, 2020 6:45 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday that he will form a new nonpartisan government if he is elected to return as Malaysia's prime minister, as the king completed two days of consultations with lawmakers to resolve a political vacuum caused by the abrupt collapse of Mahathir's...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a red-flag gun bill Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M., that allows state district courts to order the temporary surrender of firearms. The Democratic governor urged sheriffs to resign if they refuse to enforce the new law that can temporarily remove guns from people that may pose an immediate safety threat to themselves of others. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico governor to sheriffs: Enforce gun law or resign

Feb. 25, 2020 8:05 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a red-flag gun bill Tuesday that will allow state district courts to order the temporary surrender of firearms, and she urged sheriffs to resign if they still refuse to enforce it. Flanked by advocates for stricter gun control and...

Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, center, hands out food parcels to reporters who was camped outside the palace following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. After months of resisting pressure to hand over the premiership to his named successor, Mahathir Mohamad finally quit this week. But in a confounding twist, the 94-year-old leader emerged stronger than before, while his ruling alliance, which won a historic vote about two years ago, met its Waterloo. (AP Photo)

AP Explains: Malaysia political upheaval as leader resigns

Feb. 25, 2020 7:33 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's ruling alliance collapsed this week after 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned and dozens of lawmakers defected in an audacious attempt to form a new government. The political earthquake occurred less than two years after the alliance won a historic...

Attorney General William Barr arrives for a meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill about expiring intelligence provisions, in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Barr meets with Senate GOP to push surveillance renewals

Feb. 25, 2020 4:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr met with lawmakers Tuesday to encourage them to extend expiring surveillance authorities, making his first visit to Capitol Hill since news broke a week ago that he had contemplated resigning over President Donald Trump's refusal to heed his warning to stop...

FILE - In this July 1, 2019 file photo U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter leaves federal court after a motions hearing in San Diego. The race to fill the vacated seat of Hunter, of California, has turned into a GOP slugfest. Hunter held one of the party's few remaining House seats in California before he pleaded guilty to a corruption charge and resigned last month. The race to replace him has been especially bitter between the Republican front-runners, former congressman Darrell Issa and San Diego radio host and political commentator Carl DeMaio. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

California congressman's vacated seat unleashes GOP slugfest

Feb. 25, 2020 9:11 AM EST

LAKESIDE, California (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter's resignation from Congress last month after pleading guilty to a corruption charge unleashed a GOP slugfest over the vacancy in one of the party's few remaining House seats in California. Most of the action in the 50th District involves two...

In this photo released by Prime Minister Office, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad works at his office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Malaysia's king accepted Mahathir's shocking resignation Monday. The move came in tandem with plans by Mahathir's supporters to team up with opposition parties to form a new government and foil the transition of power to his named successor, Anwar Ibrahim. (Prime Minister Office via AP)

Race to form Malaysia gov't heats up, with eyes on Mahathir

Feb. 25, 2020 8:10 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After resisting pressure for months to hand over Malaysia's leadership to his designated successor, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad finally quit this week. But in a confounding twist, the 94-year-old leader emerged more powerful than before, while his ruling alliance, which...

Special election will fill seat of convicted west Philly Dem

Feb. 25, 2020 6:10 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Voters in a west Philadelphia district will choose a new state representative on Tuesday to replace a freshman lawmaker who resigned after being accused of stealing from a nonprofit she founded. The election between Democrat G. Roni Green and Republican Wanda Logan is to complete the...

FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, East Timorese Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak reads out the oath of office during his inauguration in Dili, the capital of East Timor. The prime minister offered his resignation Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, after the budget failed to pass in Parliament. (AP Photo/Kandhi Barnez, File)

East Timor's premier offers resignation after budget fails

Feb. 25, 2020 12:02 AM EST

DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor's prime minister offered his resignation Tuesday after the budget failed to pass in Parliament. Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak said he would continue to carry out his duties until the president approved his resignation. "We also cannot leave our country without direction...