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Thai lawmakers debate demands for constitutional changes

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's political battleground shifted Tuesday from the streets to the country's Parliament, where lawmakers are considering proposals to amend the constitution, one of the core demands of the nation's student-led pro-democracy movement. Chances that sparring would be ...

UK’s Johnson allegedly brands powers for Scotland a disaster

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has inflamed Scottish discontent with his Conservative government by reportedly saying that giving governing powers to Scotland had been a "disaster." British media reported that Johnson made the remarks during a video meeting with ...

EU urges Poland, Hungary to sign up to big money budget

BRUSSELS (AP) — With the European Union on the verge of an embarrassing crisis, Germany on Tuesday urged all member states to put divergences aside in a bid to break a stalemate on the adoption of the bloc's €1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery package blocked by ...

Thousands of police deploy on Greek uprising anniversary

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Thousands of police officers have been deployed in Athens and the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki to prevent gatherings to mark the anniversary of the crushing of a 1973 student uprising against Greece's military junta. Nov. 17, the day the uprising was quashed, is ...

Pompeo meets Orthodox spiritual leader in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo met Tuesday with the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians during a short trip to Turkey that has raised the ire of Turkish officials and includes no meetings with any of them. Pompeo, who is on a seven-country ...

European leaders say collaboration key in anti-terror fight

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that extremist attacks are a "European reality" and the European Union must tighten the screws on weak spots like external borders and the internet after two deadly extremist attacks in France and another in Austria in recent ...

Turkey’s President Erdogan congratulates Biden on his win

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, expressing Turkey's determination to work closely with the new administration. "I believe that the strong cooperation and the bond of alliance between our countries will continue ...

Peru’s swears in new leader as political turmoil hits nation

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru swore in a new president Tuesday who is unknown to most and was recently accused of trying to secure the military's support for a congressional effort to boot the nation's last leader out over unproven corruption allegations. Businessman and former head of Congress ...

Backers blast halt to Brazil trials of Chinese-made vaccine

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's health regulator has halted clinical trials of the potential coronavirus vaccine CoronaVac, citing an "adverse, serious event." Adversaries of President Jair Bolsonaro said they feared the decision — posted Monday night on Anvisa's website — was motivated not by ...

A worried Asia wonders: What will Joe Biden do?

TOKYO (AP) — As Asia comes to terms with the reality of a Joe Biden administration, relief and hopes of economic and environmental revival jostle with needling anxiety and fears of inattention. From security to trade to climate change, a powerful U.S. reach extends to nearly every corner of ...

Beijing noodle restaurant remembers Biden’s 2011 visit

BEIJING (AP) — The Yaoji Chaogan noodle restaurant beneath Beijing's 600-year-old Drum Tower knows Joe Biden. Management has hung up photos of the U.S. president-elect from when, as vice president, he stopped by for a bowl of noodles and dumplings in 2011. "We are very happy that Biden was ...

Mexico, Brazil leaders silent as world congratulates Biden

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There were two notable holdouts among the world leaders who rushed to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. elections: the leaders of Latin America's two largest countries, both of whom have been seen as friendly to President Donald Trump. President Jair ...

World leaders hope for fresh start after Biden win

World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden's election as U.S. president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump's rejection of international alliances. Trump had yet to concede defeat, but Western and ...

Biden’s ancestral home in Ireland celebrates his victory

BALLINA, Ireland (AP) — Joe Biden is somewhat removed from the Irish town his great-great-great-grandfather left almost 200 years ago, but that is not stopping Ballina from celebrating his presidential victory. The town in County Mayo, about 145 miles (235 kilometers) northwest of Dublin, ...

UK’s Johnson, praised by Trump, seeks new UK bond with Biden

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson's famous charm worked wonders on Donald Trump, but he faces a tougher audience in Joe Biden. Britain's prime minister promised Sunday to work with the U.S. president-elect to spread democracy, defend human rights and combat climate change, as he sought to woo a ...

Ex-Kosovo president Hashim Thaci to appear in court Monday

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Hashim Thaci, who resigned as Kosovo's president to face charges including murder, torture and persecution, will make his first courtroom appearance before a judge at a special court in the Netherlands on Monday, the court announced Friday. Thaci, 52, served as ...

In India, polluted air spells trouble for virus patients

NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick quilt of smog lingered over the Indian capital and its suburbs on Friday, fed by smoke from raging agricultural fires that health experts worry could worsen the city's fight against the coronavirus. Air pollution in parts of New Delhi have climbed to levels around ...

German police raid homes of 4 men linked to Vienna attacker

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany on Friday raided the homes and businesses of four men linked to the Islamic State sympathizer who carried out a deadly shooting in the Austrian capital of Vienna this week. Austria, meanwhile, announced the temporary removal of several officials over errors ...

Cardboard canvas: artist displays work at Caracas bus stops

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The billboard spaces of vandalized bus stops in Venezuela's capital have become an open-air gallery for an artist seeking to give some joy to people who have endured years of tumult and hardship. Painter Susan Applewhite uses recycled cardboard as her canvas and ...

Dutch PM Rutte condemns threats to teacher over cartoon

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday that threats that forced a teacher in the port city of Rotterdam to go hiding after some students objected to a political cartoon displayed in his classroom must not be tolerated. Rutte spoke hours after Rotterdam ...