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Conte to lead 'more united' Italy after far-right's fall from power

Aug 29, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party, once bitter foes, have agreed to govern in coalition in order to stave off snap elections in the eurozone's third largest economy

Rivals clash with frontrunner Biden at Democratic debate

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Joe Biden is leading polls for the nod to take on President Donald Trump in 2020, and nearly all of the other 9 Democrats onstage attack him at some point

RIVALS. Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) delivers her closing statement flanked by Former Vice President Joe Biden during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Democrat impeachment talk gains as Trump blocks lawyer testimony

May 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President's appearance of guilt,' says US Representative Mark Pocan, one of the leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party

A name card is set for former White House lawyer Don McGhan who is expected to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019. US President Donald Trump has told McGhan to ignore a subpoena from Congress to testify about the president's alleged obstruction of justice, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on May 20. MANDEL NGAN / AFP

New York Mayor de Blasio joins 2020 race

May 16, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Bill de Blasio becomes the 23rd prospective Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump

BILL DE BLASIO. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to a crowd at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, during a protest rally by several US mayors against the immigrant family separation policy. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Former U.S. VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The party's 76-year-old senior statesman is the most experienced and recognized Democrat in the race, a popular former vice president who has been dominating early polls following months of campaign planning

Democrats vow more investigations into Trump’s ‘dishonest’ and ‘immoral’ conduct

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power,' says Democratic party chairman Tom Perez. 'No one is above the law.'

INVESTIGATIONS. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff speaks at a press conference discussing today's release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP  MARIO TAMA / Getty Images North America / AFP

Finns, tired of austerity, go to the polls

Apr 14, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The left-wing social democrats lead Finland's two main opinion polls with about 19% of the vote, having campaigned against the austerity policies of the Centre Party

CAMPAIGN. A container of the Finns Party campaigning for parliamentary elections stands on the Narinkkatori Square in Helsinki, Finland, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP

Democrats demand Trump tax returns by April 23

Apr 14, 2019 - 12:00 AM

This is the final deadline the US House Ways and Means Committee set, after the Internal Revenue Service missed an earlier target date

TAX RETURNS DEMANDED. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Doug Mills/Pool/AFP

Trump questions why Democrats should get Mueller report

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:52 PM

The president's latest comments come days after he called the Mueller probe an attempted 'coup,' while Attorney General William Barr promised to investigate FBI 'spying' on Trump

MUELLER REPORT. US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Palm Beach International Airport March 24, 2019 in Palm Beach County, Florida, declaring he had been completely exonerated after his campaign was cleared of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election campaign. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

O'Rourke officially joins U.S. presidential race, citing 'moment of truth'

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Beto O'Rourke underscores his most vigorous differences with the man he hopes to succeed in the White House — Donald Trump

ON THE RACE. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 Texas Congressman Beto O'€™Rourke gives his concession speech during the election night party at Southwest University Park in downtown El Paso. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke announces White House run

Mar 14, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Beto O'Rourke vows to run a positive campaign that will seek to 'bring out the very best from every single one of us'

O'ROURKE. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke gives his concession speech during the election night party at Southwest University Park in downtown El Paso. File photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Biden teases 2020 presidential bid in address to firefighters

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Former US vice president Joe Biden would be an instant frontrunner should he enter the race

'RUN JOE RUN.' Former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters conference in Washington, DC on March 12, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump tags Democrats an 'anti-Jewish' party

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they've become an anti-Jewish party,' claims United States President Donald Trump

STRONGER STANCE DEMANDED. US President Donald Trump wants the Democratic Party to condemn statements of one of its own members, congresswoman Ilhan Omar. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Democrats launch sweeping probe targeting dozens in Trump orbit

Mar 05, 2019 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts,' House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler says

TRUMP PROBE. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Doug Mills/AFP

2 die in political unrest ahead of Nigeria vote

Feb 22, 2019 - 11:19 PM

The election delay has increased tensions between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, stoking fears of violence and rigging

UNREST. A motorcyclist drives by a vehicle set on fire following deadly clashes between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Kofa in Bebeji district of Kano, economic nerve centre of northern Nigeria, on February 22, 2019. - Two people were killed, while 40 vehicles, 12 motorcycles and houses were burn following bloody clashes between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kofa town, Bebeji district of Kano, northeast Nigeria ahead of tomorrow's rescheduled presidential election. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Nigeria panel confirms elections will take place on February 23

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'There won't be another postponement. The commission does not envisage there will be a postponement of the election scheduled for 9th March,' the Independent National Electoral Commission says

ELECTIONS. Rickshaws emblazoned with campaign posters bearing images of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party election candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi stand on a road in Abuja on February 19, 2019, ahead of rescheduled general elections. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Democrats warn Trump may rush nuclear transfer to Saudis

Feb 20, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The House of Representatives committee in charge of investigations says 'multiple whistleblowers' warned of conflicts of interest 'that could implicate federal criminal statutes'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Doug Mills/AFP

Bernie Sanders announces he is running for U.S. president

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Senator Bernie Sanders, 77, makes the announcement in a radio interview in his home state of Vermont

RUNNING AGAIN. In this file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with candidate Hillary Clinton at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Nigerian president warns vote-riggers of 'ruthless' response

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:34 PM

At an emergency meeting of his ruling All Progressives Congress party in Abuja, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the rescheduled ballot proceeds without a hitch

ELECTIONS. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the February 23 ballot proceeds without a hitch. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Crunch time as Nigeria goes to the polls

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:42 PM

A total of 73 candidates are on the ballot for Saturday, February 16 – the sixth election in 20 years since Nigeria returned to democracy after decades of military rule

ELECTIONS. This combination of file photos created on February 15, 2019 shows Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaking during a joint press conference in Abuja on August 31, 2018 and former vice-President Atiku Abubakar speaking during the People's Democratic Party's national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on October 6, 2018. Photos by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Long-serving U.S. lawmaker John Dingell dead at 92

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:40 PM

In recent years, in retirement, John Dingell was known for stinging criticism of President Donald Trump

JOHN DINGELL. Former US Representative John Dingell died on February 7, 2019 at the age of 92, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer confirms on Twitter. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump says Democrat probes into him should 'never be allowed'

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Adam Schiff, the congressman heading the House intelligence committee, says it will look into suspicions of collusion between Trump and Russia and also broader allegations of financial wrongdoing in Trump's inner circle

RUSSIA PROBE. US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. AFP file photo

Democratic candidate trusts Americans ready for gay president

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, launches his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in January, hoping to be the first openly homosexual president of the United States

RUNNING. File photo of Sound Bend Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg. Photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Stacey Abrams to deliver Democrat rebuttal to Trump speech

Jan 30, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Stacey Abrams is a former Georgia legislative leader but holds no current political office, an unusual status for someone delivering a national party's response to the president

REBUTTAL. This file photo shows then Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addressing supporters at an election watch party on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. File photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images/AFP

Senator Kamala Harris announces U.S. presidential run

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:30 AM

'The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values. That's why I'm running for president of the United States,' says the senator from California

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. In this file photo taken on June 20, 2018 US Democratic Senator from California Kamala Harris attends a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on 'Policy Response to Russian Interference in the 2016 US Elections' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Anti-Trump Senator Kirsten Gillibrand launches presidential bid

Jan 16, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Nearly 22 months before the 2020 election, the battle for the White House is already firming up, as Americans begin to assess who might be the opposition party nominee to challenge Donald Trump

2020. Democratic US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announces she is running for president. File photo from Gillibrand's Facebook page

Obama protege Julian Castro set to join 2020 race

Jan 12, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The Obama-era housing secretary would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 presidential race

OBAMA PROTEGE. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2016, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro addresses the North American Building Trades Union National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Government shutdown becomes longest in U.S. history

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The standoff has turned into a test of political ego, particularly for Trump, who came into office boasting of his deal making powers and making an aggressive border policy the keystone of his nationalist agenda

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

It's official: Divided government arrives on Capitol Hill

Jan 03, 2019 - 2:13 PM

January 3 brings an end to US President Donald Trump's one-party rule in Washington, a massive boost for Democrats who felt deflated after Trump's 2016 victory

US CONGRESS. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Democrat Warren enters 2020 White House race

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'Corruption is poisoning our democracy. Politicians look the other way while big insurance companies deny patients life-saving coverage, while big banks rip off consumers and while big oil companies destroy this planet,' says Senator Elizabeth Warren

ELIZABETH WARREN. In this file photo taken on October 13, 2018 US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addresses a town hall meeting in Roxbury, Massachusetts. File photo by Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Washington careens toward government shutdown with no deal in sight

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:22 AM

The White House appears dug in on Donald Trump's call for Congress to budget $5 billion in 2019 to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border that he insists will check illegal immigration

LATE NIGHT. Night view of Capitol Hill on January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Pelosi nominated by Democrats to reclaim U.S. House speaker role

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:27 AM

Nancy Pelosi needs a simple majority on the House floor – 218 votes in the 435-member chamber – to prevail in January

NOMINATED. U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to members of the media at the lobby of Longworth House Office Building November 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. House Democrats have nominated Pelosi to run for Speaker of the House for the 116th Congress. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Florida braces for recounts in governor, Senate races

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Democrats Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races are tilting in favor of their Republican rivals

RECOUNT. Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors. File photos from Gillum and Abrams' official Facebook pages

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In announcing the resignation – in a tweet thanking him 'for his service' – Donald Trump right away names as acting attorney general Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker

FIRED. In this file photo, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Nancy Pelosi: Former U.S. House speaker set to reclaim gavel

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) Keeping Donald Trump in check will be among the California Democrat's top challenges as she presides over the House of Representatives through the 2020 elections

PELOSI. In this file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the National Press Club. File photo from Shutterstock

Colorado elects first openly gay governor in U.S.

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Jared Polis will succeed Democrat John Hickenlooper, who has been in office since 2011

COLORADO. Networks project that Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has won the governor's race in Colorado. File photo from Polis' official Facebook page

2 Native American women break ground in election to U.S. Congress

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The two are among a record number of Native Americans who ran in the midterm elections for congressional seats, governor's offices, state legislatures and other elected posts

FIRST. Democrat candidates Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland become the first Native American women elected to Congress. Davids file photo from Twitter, Haaland file photo from Wikipedia

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY Democrat rock star makes history

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have made history tonight,' the grinning 29-year-old tells cheering supporters at her victory party in Queens

Democrats seize U.S. House but Trump averts 'blue wave'

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Donald Trump's feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in the 2016 election

US CONGRESS. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Democrats snatch first House seats from Republicans in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Democrats must gain 21 more seats in the 435-member House of Representatives to regain control of the chamber, which is currently led by President Donald Trump's Republicans

FIRST HOUSE SEATS. Democrats seize their first two Republican-held seats of the US midterm elections, as networks project the win of Jennifer Wexton (L) and Donna Shalala (R). Wexton file photo from Facebook, Shalala file photo from Twitter

Election Day test for Trump as America votes

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(4th UPDATE) With control of Congress and Trump's agenda at stake, early voting has hit record levels and turnout appears high across the country

ELECTIONS. California's multi-language 'I Voted' stickers on offer for early voters at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California on November 5, 2018, a day ahead the November 6 midterm elections in the United States. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/

Trump, Democrats in frenzied final push ahead of U.S. elections

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:31 AM

Political passions rise to a rare peak, with early voting in some states already running far ahead of normal levels

THE NOVEMBER VOTE. A display that reminds people to vote on November 6 is seen November 3, 2018 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Mail bombs to U.S. political figures, media: What we know

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Here's what we know so far about the mail bombs and suspicious packages that were sent to prominent Democratic critics of President Donald Trump

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES. CNN's office at the Time Warner Center is evacuated Wednesday morning, October 24, after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other prominent political figures.

Singapore activist, politician convicted for criticizing judiciary

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:13 PM

While Singapore is admired for its economic prosperity, it is regularly criticized by rights groups for tough rules on political dissent and freedom of expression

Singaporean human rights activist Jolovan Wham (R) is greeted by friends outside the State Court in Singapore on November 29, 2017. A Singaporean activist was charged on November 29 for organising public protests without a permit, sparking calls for the tightly-controlled city-state to stop treating peaceful demonstrations as crimes. Jolovan Wham, 37, appeared in court accused of organising a candlelight vigil outside a prison for a death row convict, a protest on a subway train, and a demonstration at which a Hong Kong democracy activist spoke via video link. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Japan's Abe cruises to party vote win, to stay as prime minister

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's win sets him on course to become Japan's longest-serving premier

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. File photo by  Geoff Robins/AFP

Japan ruling party under fire after MP calls LGBT 'unproductive'

Aug 04, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Mio Sugita says she would take the Liberal Democratic Party's warnings 'seriously,' but neither apologized nor withdrew her remarks against the LGBT community

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:28 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

TAHO VENDOR. Mario Cañete is with his daughter at the basketball-gym-turned-patients-ward of National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 27, a day after he was diagnosed with leptospirosis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Democrat Crowley ousted by political novice in U.S. shocker

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:33 PM

According to a detailed profile this week in Vogue, just months ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was still working as a server in a restaurant. She identifies as a Democratic socialist.

VICTORY PARTY. Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joined by New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP

Japan MP under fire for saying single women a 'state burden'

May 12, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The lawmaker later retracts his remarks

Romania to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem – report

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:32 AM

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's government has agreed on 'the start of procedures with a view to the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem'

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP