Legislature

FILE - In this July 27, 2017 file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain is proposing a new “strategy for success” in Afghanistan. He’s calling for increasing the number of U.S. counterterrorism forces and giving them a freer hand to target the Taliban, Islamic State and other terrorist groups. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 10, 2017 - 11:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, Arizona Sen. John McCain declared Thursday that "America is adrift in Afghanistan" as he unveiled a war strategy of his own that includes more U.S. combat forces and greater counterterrorism efforts. McCain, the Republican chairman of the...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump, flanked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of his party's Senate leader, expressing disbelief that McConnell couldn't persuade a Republican majority to pass a health care bill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
August 10, 2017 - 11:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of the Senate's top Republican on Thursday, expressing disbelief that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't persuade a GOP majority to pass a health care bill. "Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Ky. listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill Washington. A top White House aide and a Fox News host are criticizing McConnell after the Senate majority leader said people think Congress hasn't achieved anything this year partly because President Donald Trump has created "excessive expectations." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 10, 2017 - 10:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of his party's Senate leader on Thursday, expressing disbelief that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't persuade a Republican majority to pass a health care bill. "Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal &...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 file photo, members of parliament prepare to vote for or against the motion of no confidence against South African president, Jacob Zuma in the South African parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance party submitted a motion to dissolve pariament Thursday, Aug. 10 2017 in a move that, if passed, would require fresh national elections. (Rodger Bosch/Pool Photo via AP, File)
August 10, 2017 - 9:22 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's main opposition party submitted a motion to dissolve the nation's parliament on Thursday, which, if passed, would require fresh national elections. "The ANC is willing to do anything to protect President Jacob Zuma," said John Steenhuisen, chief whip of the...
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August 10, 2017 - 8:54 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's main opposition party has submitted a motion to dissolve the nation's parliament on Thursday, which, if passed, would require fresh national elections. "The ANC is willing to do anything to protect President Jacob Zuma," John Steenhuisen, chief whip of the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2012 file photo, a Nepalese woman lashes herself with the leaves of an Aghada herb as part of a ritual in the Bagmati River during Rishi Panchami, a day when Hindu women perform rituals to wash away sins committed during menstruation period, a period considered impure, in Katmandu, Nepal. Nepal's parliament has passed a bill that goes into effect in August 2018 toward making women safer by strengthening laws against acid attacks along with the ancient Hindu customs of demanding dowry payments for marriage and exiling women who are menstruating. Many menstruating women are still forced to leave their homes and take shelter in unhygienic or insecure huts or cow sheds until their cycle ends, though the practice, called Chhaupadi, was actually outlawed a decade ago. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
August 10, 2017 - 5:00 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's parliament has passed a bill toward making women safer by strengthening laws against acid attacks along with the ancient Hindu customs of demanding dowry payments for marriage and exiling women who are menstruating. The new law goes into effect in August 2018, with...
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FILE- In this July 12, 2017, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. An emerging debate about whether elected officials are violating people's free speech rights by blocking them on social media is spreading across the nation as First Amendment advocates file lawsuits or warn politicians to stop. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
August 10, 2017 - 4:06 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An emerging debate about whether elected officials violate people's free speech rights by blocking them on social media is spreading across the U.S. as groups sue or warn politicians to stop the practice. The American Civil Liberties Union this week sued Maine Gov. Paul LePage...
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Jonathon Hunyor, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, speaks in front of the law courts in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, after lodging an application in the High Court for an injunction to prevent a vote on gay marriage through a non-binding ballot by mail. The so-called postal plebiscite has never been tried in Australia and faces court challenges by gay-rights advocates who want Parliament to legislate marriage equality now without an opinion poll. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
August 10, 2017 - 3:54 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Gay-rights advocates filed a court challenge Thursday to the government's unusual plan to canvass Australians' opinion on gay marriage next month, while a retired judge said he would boycott the survey as unacceptable. The mail ballot is not binding, but the conservative...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2016 file photo, then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort walks around the convention floor before the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. A spokesman for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, says that FBI agents served a search warrant at one of his homes. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
August 09, 2017 - 10:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents looking for financial documents have searched one of the homes of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, whose past foreign political work has been swept into the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. A Manafort...
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Constitutional Assembly delegate Carmen Melendez speaks from the podium during a session in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. The government-backed assembly that is recasting Venezuela's political system filed into the stately domed chamber where congress normally meets. In two previous sessions, the 545-member assembly met in an adjacent, smaller building. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 09, 2017 - 10:05 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration's decision on Wednesday to slap sanctions on eight members of Venezuela's all-powerful constitutional assembly brings to 30 the number of government loyalists targeted for human rights abuses and violations of democratic norms since anti-government...
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