US conservatives embracing controversial Hungarian leader

When heads of state visit the US, the top item on their itinerary is usually a visit to the White House. For Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán next month, he will be addressing a conference of conservative activists in Dallas. Orban’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he’ll be joined by former President … Read more

One thing voters agree on: Fresh voices needed in politics

NEW YORK (AP) — As he campaigns for a Manhattan congressional seat against fellow Democrats twice his age, 38-year-old Suraj Patel harnesses the frustration of his generation toward those who have held office for decades. In his telling, Reps. Jerry Nadler, 75, and Carolyn Maloney, 76, are part of a crop of Democrats who rose … Read more

No major problems with ballot drop boxes in 2020, AP finds

ATLANTA (AP) — The expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election did not lead to any widespread problems, according to an Associated Press survey of state election officials across the US that revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected the results. The findings from both … Read more

Sri Lanka’s prime minister sworn in as interim president

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s prime minister was sworn in Friday as interim president until Parliament elects a successor to Gotabaya Rajapaksawho fled abroad and resigned after mass protests over the country’s economic collapse. Lawmakers were to convene Saturday to begin choosing a new leader who would serve the remainder of Rajapaksa’s term, … Read more

Jean. 6 panel reconvenes: Live updates of today’s hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Jan. 6 committee is set to highlight the way violent far-right extremists answered Donald Trump’s “siren call” to come to Washington for a big rally, as some now face rare sedition charges over the deadly US Capitol attack and effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The panel investigating the Jan. … Read more

Jean. 6 panel probes Trump’s ‘siren call’ to extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Jan. 6 committee is set to highlight the way violent far-right extremists answered Donald Trump’s “siren call” to come to Washington for a big rally, as some now face rare sedition charges over the deadly US Capitol attack and effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The panel investigating the Jan. … Read more

As Senate-confirmed justices end Roe, how will voters react?

WASHINGTON (AP) – The end of Roe v. Wade started in the Senate. It was the Senate Republican partnership with President Donald Trump to confirm conservative judges, and transform the federal court, that paved the way for the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling to overturn the constitutional right to abortion. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell set … Read more

Tale of 2 summits: ‘America’s back’ to America’s backsliding

ELMAU, Germany (AP) – One year ago, Joe Biden strode into his first Group of Seven summit as president and confidently told the closest US allies that “America is Back.” Now, many of them are worried that America is backsliding. As Biden meets this week in the Bavarian Alps with the heads of G-7 leading … Read more

New Colombian president pledges to protect rainforest

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first elected leftist president, will take office in August with ambitious proposals to halt the record-high rates of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Petro has promised to limit agribusiness expansion into the forest, and create reserves where Indigenous communities and others are allowed to harvest rubber, acai … Read more

Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hernández, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either left intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical … Read more