Checks and balances

July 18, 2018 - 4:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — James Comey, the FBI director who was fired last year by President Donald Trump, is urging voters to support Democrats in November's midterm elections. Comey says on Twitter that the "Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders' design that 'Ambition must...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2018, file photo, Jason Maloni, left, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's spokesman, left, walks with Paul Manafort, center, as they leave the Alexandria Federal Courthouse after an arraignment hearing in Alexandria, Va. A federal judge in Virginia has rejected Manfort's move to throw out charges brought by the special counsel in the Russia investigation. The decision June 26 was a setback for Manafort in his defense against numerous tax and bank fraud charges. Behind Manafort protester Bill Christeson holds up a sign that says "traitor." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
June 26, 2018 - 9:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia rejected a bid by President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to throw out charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation, clearing the way for a much-anticipated trial to start as scheduled next month. The decision Tuesday...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a statement on national television from his official residence in Istanbul, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Erdogan has claimed victory in critical elections based on unofficial results, securing an executive presidency with sweeping powers. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
June 24, 2018 - 8:43 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was proclaimed the winner early Monday of a landmark election that ushers in a government system granting the president sweeping new powers and which critics say will cement what they call a one-man rule. The presidential vote and a...
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Men hold a banner with a picture of of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrate outside his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, headquarters in Istanbul, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Unofficial results from Turkey's presidential election show incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a commanding lead. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
June 24, 2018 - 4:23 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday (all times local): 11 p.m. The leading Turkish opposition party says it believes the results for the presidential elections are incomplete and may go to a second round, moments before President Recep...
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June 22, 2018 - 9:39 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences as the rule of law in the country quickly vanishes, a United Nations report charged Friday. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Venezuelan...
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FILE - In this Oct 25, 2017, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping claps while addressing the media as he introduces new members of the Politburo Standing Committee at Beijing's Great Hall of the People. On a proposal made public Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, China's ruling Communist Party proposes removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the president and vice president. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
February 25, 2018 - 7:31 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, the official news agency said, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party's Central Committee proposed to remove from the...
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In this May 10, 2017 file photo, a police officer escorts two men accused of having gay sex into a holding cell to wait for the start of their trial at the Shariah Court in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Riding a tsunami of moral conservatism and anti-gay prejudice, Indonesia's Islamic political parties appear on the cusp of a major victory: outlawing all sex outside marriage. Revisions to Indonesia's criminal code being considered by Parliament would allow prison sentences of up to five years for sex between unmarried people and also criminalize gay sex, the bugbear of Indonesia's Islamic and secular political parties. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda, File)
February 01, 2018 - 10:27 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Riding a tsunami of moral conservatism and anti-gay prejudice, Indonesia's Islamic political parties appear on the cusp of a major victory: outlawing all sex outside marriage. Revisions to Indonesia's criminal code being considered by Parliament would allow prison...
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Poland's Supreme Court, a top court that is an element in Poland's conflict over its rule of law standards with the European Union's leaders, photographed in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. The European Union's executive triggered proceedings against Poland on Wednesday which could lead to sanctions, a historic first for the 28-member bloc as it struggles to keep the recalcitrant country on a democratic path. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 20, 2017 - 4:15 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on EU action against Poland (all times local): 10:00 p.m. Poland's President Andrzej Duda has accused European Union leaders of "lying" by saying judicial changes in Poland threaten the rule of law and democratic standards. Duda gave an interview to a private TV...
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Voters wait in line to cast their ballots outside a polling station during regional elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Elections could tilt a majority of the states' 23 governorships back into opposition control for the first time in nearly two decades of socialist party rule, though the government says the newly elected governors will be subordinate to a pro-government assembly.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
October 15, 2017 - 8:42 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Elections in Venezuela on Sunday could tilt a majority of the country' 23 governorships back into opposition control for the first time in nearly two decades of socialist party rule — though the government said the newly elected governors will be subordinate to a pro-...
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An anti-government demonstrator pushes a old refrigerator to make a barricade to protest against President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, July 29, 2017. Despite four months of deadly protests and the threat of U.S. sanctions, Venezuela on Saturday found itself 24 hours away from a consolidation of government power that appeared certain to drag the OPEC nation deeper into a crisis that has entire neighborhoods battling police and paramilitaries while the poor root for scraps in piles of trash.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
July 29, 2017 - 12:14 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Despite four months of deadly protests and the threat of U.S. sanctions, Venezuela on Saturday found itself 24 hours away from a consolidation of government power that appeared certain to drag the OPEC nation deeper into a crisis that has entire neighborhoods battling...
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