Government and politics

A protestor kicks a fence outside the Spanish Government Office in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Spain's Supreme Court on Monday convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in a secession bid in 2017, a ruling that immediately inflamed independence supporters in the wealthy northeastern region. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
October 15, 2019 - 2:13 pm
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Catalan protests and politics (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Thousands of Catalan separatists are protesting for a second straight day over the Spanish court ruling that imprisoned nine independence leaders and the conviction of three others. Protesters held vigils at the...
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Members of the nationalist movements light flares during a rally marking Defense of the Homeland Day in center Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Some 15,000 far-right and nationalist activists protested in the Ukrainian capital, chanting "Glory to Ukraine" and waving yellow and blue flags. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged participants to avoid violence and warned of potential “provocations” from those who want to stoke chaos. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
October 15, 2019 - 1:32 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A plan for Ukrainian and separatists to pull back their troops and weapons in eastern Ukraine remained in limbo after another round of inconclusive talks Tuesday. Ukraine's newly-elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has sought to revive a long-stalled peace plan by pressing...
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FILE- In this Saturday, May 18, 2019, file picture Liberal party President Ludovic Orban, left, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis wave on stage during an European Parliament electoral rally in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's president has nominated, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, Ludovic Orban of the center-right National Liberal Party to form a new government and become the country's next prime minister. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
October 15, 2019 - 12:54 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has nominated Ludovic Orban of the center-right National Liberal Party to form a new government and become the country's next prime minister. Orban has 10 days from Iohannis' announcement on Tuesday to gain the support of parliament, which must approve...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 15, 2019 - 12:45 pm
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 6:40 p.m. An EU official who has access to information about the Brexit talks says the major issue blocking a deal — how to handle the Irish border — "is close to being resolved." Negotiators from the European Union and Britain were...
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In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, photo Tarana Burke, founder and leader of the #MeToo movement, gestures as she speaks during an interview, in New York. Burke is using the second anniversary of the movement to launch a new effort intended to mobilize voters heading into the 2020 election. The new hashtag #MeTooVoter was unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 15 on the same day as the fourth Democratic presidential debate and reflects a frustration among activists that issues of sexual violence and harassment have largely been absent from the debate stage and campaign trail. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 15, 2019 - 12:34 pm
The founder of #MeToo is using the second anniversary of the movement to launch a new effort intended to mobilize voters heading into the 2020 election. The new hashtag #MeTooVoter was unveiled Tuesday, on the same day as the fourth Democratic presidential debate and reflects a frustration among...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. Since the early days of the United States, leading politicians have had to contend with awkward problems posed by their family members. Joe Biden is the latest prominent politician to navigate this tricky terrain. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
October 15, 2019 - 12:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden, acknowledging that his family name created business opportunities, rejected assertions by President Donald Trump that he did anything wrong by engaging in foreign work in Ukraine and China. But Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, conceded that he...
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FILE- In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Florida Govenor-elect Ron DeSantis, right, answers questions from reporters, with his wife Casey, after being declared the winner of the Florida gubernatorial race at an election party, in Orlando, Fla. Standing behind Casey DeSantis is Lev Parnas. Parnas and his associate Igor Furman are facing federal charges in connection to efforts by President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation agains Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
October 15, 2019 - 10:48 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida businessmen who are tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and now face federal criminal charges were photographed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photographs taken by a photographer on assignment for The Associated Press show Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman at...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, shakes hands with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney during a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 15, 2019 - 10:46 am
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — A Brexit divorce deal is still possible ahead of this week's European Union summit, the bloc said Tuesday — but only if the British government makes more compromises to seal an agreement in the coming hours. Even though many questions remain, diplomats made it clear that both...
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Firemen march as they protest with hospital staff on wages, working conditions and pensions, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
October 15, 2019 - 10:03 am
PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French firefighters are protesting low pay and difficult working conditions and say they want to know they have the government's support. Tuesday's protest comes two weeks after a similar protest by police in the streets of Paris. Holding aloft smoky flares and wearing...
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A Turkish youth celebrates with a national flag after news about Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in Turkish border town of Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency, meanwhile, said Turkey-backed Syrian forces have advanced into the center of a Syrian border town, Tal Abyad, on the fifth day of Turkey's military offensive. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)
October 15, 2019 - 8:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and the Turkish invasion of Syria (all times local): 8:30 a.m. A U.S. official says the approximately 1,000 U.S. troops being withdrawn from northern Syria will reposition in Iraq, Kuwait and possibly Jordan. The official spoke to The Associated...
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