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Nepal hopes first state elections will give people a voice

In this Nov. 9, 2017, photo, workers from Nepal’s election commission load polling materials to be delivered to various districts for the upcoming legislative election in Kathmandu, Nepal. KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Eleven years after Nepal began its journey toward democracy by stripping its authoritarian king of his powers, the …

Can The Trump Brand Win State Elections, Too? : NPR

The front-runner in Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial primary this year, Ed Gillespie, is campaigning on what traditionally would be considered an impressive political resume: former Republican National Committee Chairman, presidential adviser, lobbyist, and, in 2014, unsuccessful Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. In one campaign ad, Gillespie is seen alongside former President …

Venezuela’s Maduro hikes minimum wage amid rising protests

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hiked wages and handed out hundreds of free homes Sunday amid his efforts to counter a strengthening protest movement seeking his removal. On his regular television show, “Sundays with Maduro,” the president ordered a 60 percent increase in the country’s minimum wage …

University student killed in Venezuela opposition protest

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday were investigating the death of a university student killed by gunfire at a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, as opposition leaders mapped out their next steps to push for new elections and government officials held a gathering to drum up state support. …

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation’s nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M. In an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor suggested that his alma …

Tea party parallel? Liberals taking aim at their own party

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four days after Donald Trump’s surprising White House victory, the liberal organization CREDO Action fired off a frantic warning to its 4.6 million anxious supporters. Their worry wasn’t the new president. It was his opposition. “Democratic leaders have been welcoming Trump,” the email said. “That’s not acceptable. …

Indonesia protests awaken fears for minority Chinese

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The capital of Muslim-majority Indonesia is on edge ahead of what is expected to be a second massive protest by conservative Muslims against its Christian governor and no group more so than its Chinese minority. They have reason to be concerned. The movement against the governor, …

Paper please: California voters approve plastic bag ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags will stay in effect after voters narrowly approved the policy, according to preliminary results Thursday. Plastic bag industry supporters placed Proposition 67 on Tuesday’s ballot hoping there wouldn’t be enough voter support to keep a ban approved by the …