Political resignations

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Rep. Mark Meadows, R- N.C., speaks to reporters as the hearing with top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, and career Foreign Service officer George Kent, at the House Intelligence Committee ends on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a statement Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, the North Carolina congressman and top ally to President Donald Trump says he struggled with the decision and came to it after discussion with his family.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 19, 2019 - 2:23 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a top conservative ally of President Donald Trump, said Thursday he won't seek reelection next year. He is expected to join the Trump administration in a yet-to-be-finalized role. Now in his seventh year in the House, Meadows has...
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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the Philippine community of Rome, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 17, 2019 - 12:30 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases Tuesday, responding to mounting criticism that the rule of “pontifical secrecy" has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and prevent police from investigating crimes...
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Commuters walk to get on a train at the Gare Saint Lazare station in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. French transport strikes against a planned overhaul of the pension system entered their twelfth day Monday as French president Emmanuel Macron's government remains determined to push ahead with its plans. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 16, 2019 - 8:13 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government suffered a blow Monday when the key architect of the pension overhaul resigned over alleged conflicts of interests, on the 12th day of transport strikes against the planned changed. The French presidency said Macron accepted “with regret”...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016, file photo, then state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May Court House, speaks at a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting in Trenton, N.J. Drew, who has long opposed House Democrats' impeachment effort, discussed switching parties in a meeting with President Donald Trump, an administration official said Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
December 15, 2019 - 10:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to become a Republican are resigning, saying his party switch “does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office." The staffers wrote the letter on Sunday, a day after a Republican official said GOP House...
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An anti-government protester throws flares against the riot police, background, during a protest near the parliament square, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 15, 2019 - 6:22 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months. The violence...
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Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, center, stands during a Knesset session in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. The Israeli parliament began voting to dissolve itself on Wednesday and pave the path to an unprecedented third election within a year. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
December 12, 2019 - 7:26 am
RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — Exasperated Israelis were coming to grips Thursday with the dreaded reality that they will be heading to the polls for the third time in a year, pondering whether there was any way out of the seemingly endless stalemate after parliament dissolved itself once again and...
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Several thousands demonstrators gather to demand the resignation of Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis, at the Wenceslas square in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Babis faces legations that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, though he denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
December 10, 2019 - 1:57 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Czechs returned to the streets of Prague on Tuesday to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign. The protest at the central Wenceslas Square and a march followed two huge rallies earlier this year when a quarter of a million people demanded that Babis step down...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2017, file photo, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., leaves a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. Yoho announced Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019, that he will not seek another term, after spending nearly eight years in congress. Yoho represents the state's 3rd District in northern Florida, which encompasses Gainesville. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 10, 2019 - 12:32 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term, saying he never meant to spend more than eight years in Congress. Democrats seized upon the news as a sign of weakening morale among the GOP. Yoho, who aligned himself with the Tea...
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A lawmaker from the MAS party speaks on her cell phone in the Chamber of Deputies where lawmakers are debating a law that would give amnesty to former President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, late Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The interim government of Bolivia warned that it will veto a legislative initiative that would grant an amnesty to Morales, currently exiled in Mexico, if approved by Congress where Morales' party MAS has majority. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
December 07, 2019 - 2:38 pm
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — With its top leader absent, the party of Evo Morales gathered Saturday in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba to start choosing its candidates for new elections called after the resignation and exile of the former president amid protests over vote results. Morales' Movement...
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In this Nov. 27, 2019 photo, Wadlande Pierre, right, talks on her mobile phone as she helps her mother, Vanlancia Julien, center, at their fruit and vegetable stand on a sidewalk in Delmas, a district of in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Pierre, 23, said she temporarily moved in with her aunt in the southwest town of Les Cayes to escape the violent protests in Port-au-Prince. However, she had to move back to the capital because there was no gas, power or water in Les Cayes, and food was becoming scarce. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
December 07, 2019 - 11:34 am
Port-au-Prince (AP) — The flaming barricades are mostly gone, protesters have largely dissipated and traffic is once again clogging the streets of Haiti’s capital, but hundreds of thousands of people are now suffering deep economic aftershocks after more than two months of demonstrations. The...
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