Constitutions

September 24, 2019 - 10:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria says the agreement to establish a committee to draft Syria's new constitution is "a door opener" to a new future for the conflict-wracked country. Geir Pedersen said that before that can happen, "We must build up what is still almost totally lacking in...
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In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, a participant holds a rainbow flag before marching in a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. But activists say progress in equal rights has stalled since the constitution was adopted. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
September 18, 2019 - 2:57 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and passports now allow a "non-male, non-female" category. But same-sex...
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September 13, 2019 - 1:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time and explaining why he chose to risk his freedom to become perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time. Snowden says his time working for the...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, July 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech before the Warsaw Uprising Monument in Warsaw, Poland. Dozens of former Polish ambassadors are telling Trump that Poland's democracy is at risk, in an open letter published Tuesday Aug. 27, 2019, ahead of the U.S. President's visit to attend ceremonies upcoming Saturday in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, FILE)
August 27, 2019 - 10:54 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Almost two dozen Polish former ambassadors are telling U.S. President Donald Trump that Poland's democracy is at risk, and urging him to use an upcoming visit to pressure the country's populist government to respect human rights and stop flouting the constitution. "Mr...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2016 file photo, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum poses for a photo at her office in Portland, Ore. Oregon's attorney general is telling the U.S. Supreme Court that Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the nation's highest court rules that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional. If the U.S. Supreme Court finds nonunanimous juries unconstitutional, Rosenblum said in a brief filed Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, it could invalidate hundreds of convictions in Oregon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
August 24, 2019 - 4:29 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in an upcoming case that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional, the state's attorney general has told the court. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in an amicus brief on Friday...
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Indians watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation in a televised speech, in an electronics store in Jammu, India, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Modi says a federally-ruled Indian portion of Kashmir will help end decades-old separatism incited by archrival Pakistan. Describing changes in Kashmir as historic, Modi assures Kashmiri people that the situation in the region will soon become normal. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
August 08, 2019 - 9:35 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation Thursday night that he stripped the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir of its statehood and special constitutional status to free the disputed region of "terrorism and separatism." Modi's Hindu-led nationalist government imposed...
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FILE- In this April 1, 2018 file photo, Kashmiri protesters engulfed in tear gas smoke clash with Indian paramilitary soldiers during a protest against the killing of rebels in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. India is redrawing its political map again. Parliament has approved a proposal by the Hindu nationalist-led government that strips statehood from Jammu and Kashmir, its only Muslim-majority state, splitting the region into two union territories after revoking its special rights under India's Constitution. Although India has redrawn its map many times since gaining independence from the British in 1947, the decision is likely to raise tensions in the already-volatile Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
August 07, 2019 - 1:25 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India is redrawing its political map again. Parliament has approved a proposal by the Hindu nationalist-led government that strips statehood from Jammu and Kashmir, its only Muslim-majority state, splitting the region into two union territories after revoking its special rights...
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FILE -- In this July 23, 2019 file photo is California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The Trump campaign and Republican Party have sued California over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns. Newsom, who signed the law last week has been named as a defendant in one of the two lawsuits, filed Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. The suits argue the law is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
August 06, 2019 - 3:31 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump campaign and Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state's primary, legislation that was aimed at prying loose President Donald Trump's returns. California's law is...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md. Four California voters have sued Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, to block a new state law aimed at forcing Republican President Donald Trump to release his personal income tax returns. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law last week that requires presidential candidates to file five years of their income tax returns with the California Secretary of State at least 98 days prior to the primary election. Candidates who don't do it won't appear on the ballot. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 05, 2019 - 8:39 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Four California voters have sued to block a new state law aimed at forcing Republican President Donald Trump to release his income tax returns. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law last week that requires presidential candidates to file five years of their income tax...
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Pedro Pierluisi, sworn in as Puerto Rico's governor, smiles during a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Departing Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello resigned as promised on Friday and swore in Pierluisi, a veteran politician as his replacement, a move certain to throw the U.S. territory into a period of political chaos that will be fought out in court. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 05, 2019 - 3:19 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Monday agreed to rule on a lawsuit that the island's Senate filed in a bid to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the island's governor. The court gave all parties until Tuesday at noon to file all necessary paperwork, noting...
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