Constitutions

Protesters hold a banner that reads in Catalan ''Knock down the regime'' during a rally in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Thousands of pro-independence protesters angry about Spain's Cabinet holding a meeting in Catalonia blocked roads across the region Friday and clashed with anti-riot police in its capital. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
December 23, 2018 - 1:18 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's prime minister said in an interview published Sunday that only a solution supported by a large majority of Catalans and legal under the Spanish Constitution will resolve the crisis over whether the Catalonia region should secede or remain part of Spain. Prime...
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In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in his Capitol office in Jefferson City, Mo. Parson told The Associated Press that he opposed the "Clean Missouri" initiative approved by voters in the November elections. He specifically wants to repeal a section requiring state House and Senate districts to be drawn by a demographer to achieve "partisan fairness" and "competitiveness" based on past statewide elections. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)
December 23, 2018 - 11:23 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When then-Missouri state Sen. Mike Parson didn't agree with a voter-approved law imposing tough regulations on dog breeders, he led a legislative effort to repeal the measure and replace it with a tamer version. Now eight years later as governor, Parson believes a similar...
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Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, Cuban First Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa, second left, and Cuban Vice President Ramiro Valdez, center, attend the session to debate the draft of a new Constitution, at the Convention Palace in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The draft will be submitted to a popular referendum on Feb. 24, 2019. Cuba's government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft after widespread popular rejection of the idea. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
December 22, 2018 - 6:49 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday approved an update of the country's constitution, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February. The new constitution contains more continuity than change, although it recognizes the de-facto...
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MP Adam Mirkoczky, chairman of the oppositional party Jobbik's Heves county office, delivers his speech during the rally held against the government in Eger, Hungary, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The Hungarian government is not planning to change recently adopted amendments to the labor code that have led to days of protests. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs on Wednesday described the demonstrations as "political" and tied them to groups he claimed are backed by financier and philanthropist Geoge Soros. (Peter Komka/MTI via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 11:10 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary*s president says he has signed into law disputed amendments to labor rules which greatly increase overtime hours employers can request from workers. President Janos Ader said Thursday in a statement that he had examined the law approved last week in Parliament and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, holding up a gay pride flag, transsexual Wendy Iriepa, who had a sex change, rides to her wedding on a classic car in Havana, Cuba. Cuba said on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)
December 18, 2018 - 7:12 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man...
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This May, 2017, photo shows Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force’s helicopter carrier Izumo. Japan has adopted new defense guidelines, calling for converting a destroyer into Japan’s first aircraft carrier to deploy advanced U.S.-made stealth fighters, as Japan seeks to increase defense spending and bolster arms capability in coming years. The new national defense plan, approved Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet, calls for refitting an existing helicopter carrier into one that can deploy expensive F-35B fighters capable of short take-offs and vertical landings.(Kyodo News via AP)
December 18, 2018 - 5:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans its first aircraft carrier and big increases in defense spending and weapons capability in the coming years, according to new defense guidelines approved Tuesday that cite its need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China and other vulnerabilities. The...
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Supporters of ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe celebrate outside the supreme court complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Sri Lanka's Supreme Court unanimously ruled as unconstitutional President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections, a much-anticipated verdict Thursday that further embroils the Indian Ocean island nation in political crisis.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
December 13, 2018 - 7:38 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections was unconstitutional, a much-anticipated verdict that further embroils the Indian Ocean nation in political crisis. A seven-judge bench of...
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Demonstrators gather at the steps of the Capitol before going inside to chant in the Rotunda as the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives consider bills during a "lame duck" session in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Dec 12, 2019. Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from incoming Democratic officeholders or voters. (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP)
December 13, 2018 - 12:55 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from voters or incoming...
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December 10, 2018 - 12:20 pm
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. Special envoy for Syria said Monday work is still ongoing to form a committee meant to draft a new constitution before the end of the year, adding that hurdles remain in place. Staffan de Mistura made his comments in Jordan after meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs...
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Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila speaks during an interview by the Associated Press at the Nation's Palace in Kinshasa, Sunday Dec. 9, 2018. Kabila is stepping down after this month's election but he doesn't rule out seeking the post again in the future. Kabila said he hopes to continue to be active in tackling the vast challenges that remain in this mineral-rich but "complicated nation." (AP Photo/John Bompengo)
December 09, 2018 - 11:23 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after this month's election but he doesn't rule out seeking the post again in the future. In a rare interview with The Associated Press, the Congolese leader, who ended months of speculation earlier this year by announcing he...
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