National Newswatch

Former congressman Ron Paul hospitalized, says he’s OK

Sep 25 2020 — AP — AUSTIN, Texas — Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. The 85-year-old former Texas congressman, who ran for president three times, posted a picture on Facebook showing him smiling in […]

Nobel laureate refuses local honour over Poland’s LGBT ‘rift’

Sep 25 2020 — AP — WARSAW, Poland — Nobel Prize-winning writer Olga Tokarczuk has declined an honorary citizenship from the region of Poland where she lives because she would have had to share the honour with a Roman Catholic bishop who has made hostile comments about the LGBT community. Tokarczuk said in a tweet Friday that while she appreciated being […]

Auschwitz memorial director seeks clemency for Nigerian boy

Sep 25 2020 — AP — WARSAW, Poland — The director of the Auschwitz Memorial appealed to Nigeria's president on Friday to pardon a 13-year-old boy who was sentenced to 120 months of prison on blasphemy charges, even volunteering to serve part of the boy's sentence. Piotr Cywinski wrote to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari about the case of Omar Farouq, who […]

Turkmenistan creates new parliament chamber

Sep 25 2020 — AP — ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — Turkmenistan's authoritarian president, who has an unchallenged hold on power, on Friday signed a constitutional change to expand the country’s parliament to two chambers. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said the move was “yet another important step toward democratizing our country.” But the newly created upper chamber of parliament membership won't be chosen by […]

Alaska regulators seek more money for oil spill fund

Sep 25 2020 — AP — ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska environmental regulators are seeking additional money for the state's oil spill response fund amid a review of requirements for petroleum producers and shippers. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune has advocated for the state administration and Legislature to commit more money to the Spill Prevention and Response (SPAR) fund, The […]

Turkey seeks arrest of Kurdish politicians over 2014 riots

Sep 25 2020 — AP — ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish prosecutors issued detention warrants Friday for 82 people, including pro-Kurdish former lawmakers, as part of an investigation into deadly riots that were sparked by anger over the government’s perceived inaction against Islamic State group militants who had besieged a Syrian town across the border from Turkey. The three days of riots […]

Absentee ballot lawsuit will not be heard before election

Sep 25 2020 — AP — JUNEAU, Alaska — A federal appeals court will not hear an Alaska absentee ballot lawsuit before the Nov. 3 general election. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request Tuesday for an emergency order ahead of the election. The decision likely eliminates the possibility a judge will require the state to send absentee ballot […]

Germany: No probe of column on police that angered minister

Sep 25 2020 — AP — BERLIN — German prosecutors said Friday they won't open an investigation of a newspaper column that disparaged police and infuriated the country's interior minister, finding that it was covered by the right to freedom of expression. Berlin prosecutors looked into the matter after receiving more than 150 criminal complaints about the column published in June […]

Minnesota candidate’s death triggers special House election

Sep 24 2020 — AP — RED WING, Minn. — A Minnesota congressional race won't be decided in November after one of the candidates died, triggering a provision in state law that it be pushed to a special election in February, the secretary of state said. Adam Charles Weeks, of the Legal Marijuana Now Party, was running in the 2nd District, […]

US hits Iran court, judges with sanctions over wrestler

Sep 24 2020 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday hit an Iranian revolutionary court and several judges with sanctions in part for their role in the conviction and execution of a young wrestler. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed the sanctions on two judges with Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz as well as three […]

US Health Department’s Caputo has cancer, spokesperson says

Sep 24 2020 — AP — ALBANY, N.Y. — Michael Caputo, who is on a 60-day leave from his role as spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after accusing government scientists of sedition, has metastatic cancer, a state lawmaker said Thursday. Doctors have diagnosed cancer in the head and neck, David DiPietro, a Republican state assemblyman in […]

Financially hurting Hawaii candy maker offers vendors a deal

Sep 24 2020 — AP — HONOLULU — A financially hurting Hawaii candy maker known for a memorable slogan is trying to shore up its business by offering a deal to vendors as the company faces difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout. Hawaiian Host Inc. has asked vendors to settle invoices with the 60-year-old producer of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, […]

Kremlin critic Navalny’s apartment seized, his aide says

Sep 24 2020 — AP — MOSCOW — Russian authorities seized Alexei Navalny’s Moscow apartment while the opposition leader was still in a coma, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said Thursday and linked the move to a tycoon with ties to the Kremlin. Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was discharged this week from a Berlin hospital where […]

Italy lets migrants dock in Sardinia, but not disembark yet

Sep 24 2020 — AP — ROME — Italy on Thursday allowed a rescue ship with 125 migrants aboard to dock in Sardinia to escape rough seas and said the migrants could eventually disembark in Italy before being sent to other European countries. Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese told a Parliament committee that Italy had already found European countries that had agreed […]

Alaska borough assembly passes police discrimination measure

Sep 24 2020 — AP — KETCHIKAN, Alaska — An Alaska borough assembly has passed a resolution calling on the state Legislature to add police officers to a list of classes of citizens protected from discrimination. The Ketchikan Borough Assembly's vote Monday was tied before the city's mayor broke the deadlock by voting in favour of the measure, KTOO Public Media […]