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Malaysian king accepts Mahathir’s resignation amid upheaval

By EILEEN NG | February 24, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Monday accepted Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's shocking resignation but reappointed him as interim leader following the collapse of the ruling alliance in a major political upheaval less than two years...

Police: Lesotho’s prime minister to be charged with murder

By HERBERT MOYO | February 20, 2020

MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will be charged with the June 2017 killing of his estranged wife, Lipolelo, a top police official said Thursday, and the prime minister announced he would be stepping down.The southern southern...

As Trump ups attacks on Justice Dept, Barr remains in post

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, MICHAEL BALSAMO, and MARY CLARE JALONICK | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Donald Trump renewed his public attacks on the Justice Department on Wednesday, there was little outward worry from either end of Pennsylvania Avenue that Attorney General William Barr would follow through on his...

Indiana official ‘sorry’ for Islamophobic posts won’t resign

February 19, 2020

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana councilman whose predecessor resigned after posting Islamophobic comments online says he will not step down after he was also criticized for sharing similar views on Facebook.Roger Stewart, a member of the Kokomo Common...

Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon's top policy official who had certified last year that Ukraine had made enough anti-corruption progress to justify the Trump administration's release of congressionally authorized aid...

AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ZEKE MILLER | February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases, an administration official told...

US sanctions Russian oil trading firm for role in Venezuela

By BEN FOX | February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced sanctions Tuesday on a Russian state-controlled brokerage that has helped the Venezuelan government skirt an American oil embargo and enabled President Nicolas Maduro to keep his grip on power in...

Asian stocks rebound from early losses as virus toll grows

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 14, 2020

Shares rebounded in Asia on Friday after an early sell-off, though Japan's benchmark declined as investors reacted to news of a growing number of cases of a new virus among the local population.The Nikkei 225 fell 0.6% in morning trading to 23,683.44....

RK Pachauri, who led Nobel-winning climate panel, dies at 79

February 13, 2020

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian environmentalist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, under whose leadership a U.N. climate change panel shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, has died after recent heart surgery. He was 79.Pachauri’s death was announced late Thursday by...

UK Treasury chief quits as Johnson shakes up Cabinet

By JILL LAWLESS | February 13, 2020

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tightened his grip on the government Thursday with a Cabinet shake-up that triggered the unexpected resignation of his Treasury chief, the second-most powerful figure in the administration.Sajid Javid's...

Global shares fall as virus cases spike in China

February 13, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Global shares mostly fell Thursday after China reported a spike in COVID-19 cases. The shock resignation of Britain's Treasury chief further knocked U.K. share prices.China reported 254 new deaths and an increase in virus cases of 15,152,...

Iowa Democratic Party chairman resigns after caucus chaos

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE | February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party announced his resignation Wednesday after a disastrous caucus process beset by technical glitches led to a dayslong delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear...