Widodo begins 2nd term pledging to make Indonesia developed
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with pledges to champion democracy and take bolder actions against poverty...
Indonesia arrests 40 militant suspects ahead of inauguration
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's elite anti-terrorism unit went on a busy 24-hour spree to root out suspected Islamic militants ahead of a presidential inauguration this weekend that will be...
Pence, a loyal No. 2, finds himself caught up in impeachment
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Vice President Mike Pence to cancel his plans to attend the inauguration of Ukraine’s new president earlier this year after initially pushing for him...
Fashion’s Isabel Toledo, creator for Michelle Obama, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Toledo, the Cuban American fashion designer with an avant-garde flair who created former first lady Michelle Obama's standout lemon grass-colored sheath dress and matching...
Quinton Lucas sworn in as Kansas City’s new mayor
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City has inaugurated Quinton Lucas as its new mayor.
Lucas took office following a swearing-in ceremony Thursday morning at City Hall.
Hagedorn swearing-in illustrates power of appointments
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Brian Hagedorn's inauguration as a state Supreme Court justice this week will mark the end of a legal era and starkly underscore governors' power to reshape Wisconsin...
Maine governor has paid about half of inaugural bills
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The inaugural committee for Maine's governor has told state ethics commissioners that it has paid about half the billed costs for her inauguration as officials consider...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The inaugural committee for Oklahoma's new Republican governor spent more than $2.4 million on inauguration festivities to launch his first term in office, a finance report...
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — The likeness of Melania Trump has been carved in wood in her native Slovenia.
A life-size sculpture of the U.S. first lady has been unveiled in her hometown of...
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Liberal environmental activist and lawyer Zuzana Caputova was inaugurated Saturday as the first female president of Slovakia.
UN experts: More armed groups in Congo willing to surrender
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say a growing number of armed groups in Congo appear willing to surrender under the right conditions following January's inauguration of opposition leader Felix...
MOSCOW (AP) — The new president of Kazakhstan promised during his inauguration Wednesday to continue the course set by his predecessor, who led the Central Asian country since it gained...
Ukraine’s president calls new parliamentary election
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president on Tuesday formally ordered Ukraine's parliament to dissolve and called an early election for July, hoping to ride the wave of his electoral success to...
1st black woman sworn in as Chicago mayor; vows big reforms
CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trail...
UN council rejects Russian request for a meeting on Ukraine
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian request Monday to hold a meeting on a new language law in Ukraine, with opponents calling it an attempt by Moscow to interfere in...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukrainian politics (all times local):
The U.N. Security Council has rejected a Russian attempt to hold a meeting on a new Ukrainian...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago mayor (all times local):
Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved to enact a reform...
Ukraine president takes political stage in dramatic fashion
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president, a comedian before he turned to statecraft, made a dramatic entrance to the political stage Monday by disbanding parliament minutes after his...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry will lead a delegation to the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelenskiy's as Ukraine's next president.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Stevo Pendarovski has been sworn in as the new president of North Macedonia, promising he will serve all citizens in a deeply divided society and will lobby European...
CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot will be sworn in as Chicago's next mayor during an inauguration ceremony at the city's Wintrust Arena.
Lightfoot's office has released details for the May 20...
LAUREL, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia firefighter accused of rioting at President Donald Trump's inauguration alleges her First Amendment rights were violated in her firing.
House committee seeks interview with key inaugural planner
NEW YORK (AP) — The House Intelligence Committee wants to interview — and has requested records from — a key planner of President Donald Trump's inauguration, a person familiar with the matter...
Indonesia’s first subway opens in its gridlocked capital
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's long-awaited first subway opened Sunday in the country's capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia's biggest...
Iran’s president inaugurates new gas projects
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated a new phase in the development of a massive natural gas field.
State TV on Sunday quoted the CEO of the South Pars gas...
Senate passes bill on inaugural committee spending
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Future New Hampshire governors would face stricter campaign finance rules when it comes to their inaugural committees under a bill passed by the state Senate.
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s epic speech is laced with fabrication
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump uttered a dizzying number of false statements in his epically long weekend speech, to an audience that didn't seem to mind at all.
Maine governor faces higher-than-expected inauguration costs
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor is facing higher-than-expected costs for her inauguration.
Gov. Janet Mills says her inaugural committee has brought in over $380,000...
Big donors spend nearly $5M on Texas governor’s inauguration
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's inauguration celebration for a second term was paid for with nearly $5 million donated by his biggest political contributors and major...
Tennessee Gov. Lee raised $2.5m, spent $1.8m in inauguration
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prominent businesses, top Republicans and political action committees helped Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee raise nearly $2.5 million for his inauguration last...
Iranian president: US sanctions are ‘economic war’ on Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday described U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran as an economic war being waged on his country and stressed that "economic war is more difficult than military war."
William & Mary formally inaugurates 1st female president
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The College of William & Mary is formally inaugurating its first female president, who has already served more than six months in the role.
White House: Hysteria over Trump presidency spurred subpoena
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal subpoena seeking documents from Donald Trump's inaugural committee is part of "a hysteria" over the fact that he's president, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.
Federal prosecutors in New York issued the wide-ranging subpoena Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent $107 million on events celebrating Trump's 2017 inauguration.
Gambia and Senegal finally inaugurate connecting bridge
FARAFENNI, Gambia (AP) — Gambian President Adama Barrow and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, cut the ribbon this week on a project that was decades in the making, a bridge that links the north and south banks of the Gambia River and ties the neighbors closer together.
"Our wish is that the bridge stands from now on as a symbol of Senegambian unity, friendship and love," the Gambian leader told thousands of people who gathered to witness the inauguration and walked across in celebration.
Idaho looks into loud cannon fire at governor’s inauguration
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho National Guard's commanding officer says he will look into 19 startlingly loud ceremonial canon blasts that were part of Gov. Brad Little's inauguration.
The canon fire on Jan. 4 set off car alarms in downtown Boise and scattered Canada geese into the air as smoke billowed around soldiers. Some of the several thousand people attending flinched in surprise.
Congo’s new leader ushers Kabila out; says no time to waste
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Longtime Congo leader Joseph Kabila has been ushered out, and his successor has begun by appointing a chief of staff who says there is no time to waste.
Newly inaugurated President Felix Tshisekedi's first decision in office on Friday was to appoint Vital Kamerhe, a former National Assembly president.
The Latest: Congo’s new leader vows to combat corruption
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's new president (all times local):
Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi is vowing to take on the country's widespread corruption, asserting that billions of dollars are lost per year.
He calls the revenue brought in "the weakest in the world."
Congo has trillions of dollars' worth of mineral wealth but the country remains largely underdeveloped, to the frustration of the population of 80 million people.
SC gov State of State hits on familiar education, tax themes
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster's vision for South Carolina laid out Wednesday in the State of the State address was the continuation of his themes of education reform, tax relief and environmental protection he has been preaching since starting his first full term earlier this month.
Stole priest wore at DeWine inauguration had special meaning
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) —
For members of Ohio's large new first family, the stole worn by Father Tom Hagan throughout Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's inaugural weekend was a way to involve their beloved late daughter in the celebration.
First lady Fran DeWine sewed the priest's garment from pieces of fabric cut from her late daughter Becky's dresses and other clothing items. She gave it to him about six years ago, to wear when officiating her son Mark's wedding.
Congo inauguration postponed; police stop opposition rally
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's police dispersed a gathering Monday of supporters waiting to hear a speech by presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, his spokeswoman said.
Dozens of people gathered outside his coalition's headquarters in Kinshasa before police arrived and canceled the event, said Eve Bazaiba.
Lobbyist has lived through 11 gubernatorial inaugurations
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — When Len Lucchi attended his first gubernatorial inauguration as a bright-eyed 20-year-old in 1979, he had no idea the ceremonies would be a regular part of his career.
Cut to 40 years later: Lucchi stands on the Maryland State House lawn. The bleachers are up, the sound system blasts in the heart of Annapolis. He looks on as workers prep for the inauguration where Gov. Larry Hogan would officially begin his second term.
The Latest: Republican Lee sworn in as Tennessee governor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Lee's inauguration as Tennessee's governor (all times local):
Republican businessman Bill Lee has been sworn in as the 50th Tennessee governor.
Lee took the oath Saturday at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. The Franklin-based businessman defeated former Democratic Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in November. It was the first time Lee had ever run for political office.
Tennessee gov-elect’s inauguration to move indoors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee is moving his inauguration to an indoor venue amid forecasts for weekend rain and thunderstorms.
The Republican's transition team says the event Saturday will take place at War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The ceremony had been planned outdoors on the adjoining Legislative Plaza, where inaugurations have historically been held.
Man sues Portland police over broken nose at protest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man claims Portland police hit him in the face with possibly a rubber bullet or gas canister, causing a broken nose during a protest of President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Inaugural worship service moved to Grand Ole Opry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced that his inaugural worship service is moving locations to meet increased demand.
Lee's transition team said Wednesday the Republican's worship service will now be held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It was previously scheduled to be at the Ryman Auditorium.
Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Matthew West and other performers are scheduled to headline the worship service on Jan. 19 at 8:30 a.m.
The Latest: Jonathan Nez sworn in as Navajo Nation president
FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the Navajo Nation inauguration (all times local):
Jonathan Nez has been sworn in as president of the Navajo Nation.
Nez delivered a message Tuesday of hope, resilience and change, of breaking old ways of thinking to move the tribe forward.
He and Vice President Myron Lizer took their oaths of office at an indoor sports arena in Fort Defiance, north of the Navajo Nation capital.
The Latest: Wolf starts term with call to work on challenges
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's second inauguration (all times local):
Gov. Tom Wolf is starting his second term by asking the state's residents to work together to make Pennsylvania a better place.
The Democratic incumbent was sworn in for a second term Tuesday after overcoming contentious first-term budget fights to regain voters' confidence and sweep to an easy re-election win.
Gunman gets 84-year term in Chicago honor student’s killing
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Monday imposed an 84-year prison sentence on a Chicago man who fatally shot a 15-year-old honor student a week after she performed at President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration festivities.
Cook County Judge Nicholas Ford handed down the punishment to 24-year-old Micheail Ward five months after Ward was convicted of murder and aggravated battery in the killing of Hadiya Pendleton.