READING, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of the eastern Pennsylvania city of Reading called off a scheduled ceremony to raise the LGBTQ rainbow flag over City Hall for the first time, calling it a political...
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A half-deflated leather football, a box of marbles, a ragged doll and a handful of windup cars and trains line the display cabinets in the Evita Museum like ancient...
BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama's presidency and political movement. He's betting that...
BANGKOK (AP) — The political movement that has won every Thai election in nearly two decades is facing its biggest test yet: Squaring off against the allies of the military junta that removed it...
New anti-Bouteflika protests take place in Algeria’s capital
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Algeria's capital for the second time this week to denounce ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term.
Venezuela’s dueling political movements each push elections
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-dominated congress on Tuesday said it will hold new elections as soon as possible within a year — once embattled President Nicolas Maduro is ousted from power.
Meanwhile, Venezuela's socialist party boss, Diosdado Cabello, threatened to hold early legislative elections that could gut the congress, which is the only branch of government controlled by the opposition. He accused the opposition of taking orders from the United States.
Young Maduro loyalist is new hope for Venezuela’s socialists
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Amid the political turmoil roiling Venezuela it's easy to overlook this milestone: the 20th anniversary on Saturday of Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian revolution.
On Feb. 2, 1999, Chavez took office with a fiery anti-imperialist rhetoric that would inspire leaders across Latin America and reshape the region's relations with Washington.
Hues and cries: The colors of protests around the world
When you're an activist seeking a way to convey a complex message in a complicated world, you need a hook — something that can command attention across cultures in a memorable and visually arresting way.
Nevada women score big election wins amid activism
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A female political movement driven by backlash to President Donald Trump kicked off the year with a women's march in Nevada. Eleven months later, that activism helped women win key races across the state, including ousting an incumbent U.S. senator, electing a female-majority federal delegation and leaving the state poised for a potential female-majority Assembly.
The Latest: Women’s activism fuels female wins in Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Nevada's election (all times local):
A female political movement driven by backlash to President Donald Trump kicked off the year with a women's march in Nevada.
Eleven months later, that activism helped women win key races across the state, including ousting an incumbent U.S. Senator, electing a female-majority federal delegation and leaving the state poised for a potential female-majority Assembly.
Trump urges voters to keep his movement going
Steve Bannon: Time’s Up is most powerful political movement
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former chief strategist says he's surprised the #MeToo movement hasn't had more impact on corporate America.
Steve Bannon says he thinks Time's Up is "the single most powerful potential political movement in the world."
Thai authorities see T-shirts as proof of sedition
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government has arrested alleged sympathizers of a tiny political movement advocating the abolishment of the constitutional monarchy, seizing as evidence T-shirts bearing the group's logo of a red and white flag.
The legal aid group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said Tuesday that at least five people were detained by the military in the past week, and three charged with sedition.
ROME (AP) — The leader of the right-wing party in Italy's populist government told tens of thousands of supporters Sunday he wants to turn next year's European Parliament election into a referendum on immigration and job security.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini also laid out at his League party's annual gathering a vision of uniting the political movements in several European countries that say they want to prevent national interests from being eclipsed by European Union agendas.
ROME (AP) — Populists took power in Italy for the first time Friday with the swearing-in of a new government fusing in a coalition a political movement that delights in pillorying the establishment and a party whose anti-migrant, euro-skeptic politics have seen it soar in popularity.
MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist 5-Star Movement is facing criticism after organizers of a conference on its future refused access to a newspaper reporter deemed critical of the party.
Three national and regional journalistic organizations said Saturday that the decision to refuse access to Jacopo Iacoboni, a reporter for the Turin daily La Stampa, was unacceptable "especially since it was made by a political movement that aspires to lead the government of the country."
Khodorkovsky plots out a long game: a post-Putin Russia
LONDON (AP) — He once was Russia's richest man, and then for 10 years its most famous prisoner. Now Mikhail Khodorkovsky wants to try a new mantle: godfather of Russian democracy.
Khodorkovsky is playing a long game, looking well past the Russian presidential election on March 18 that is guaranteed to give President Vladimir Putin yet another six-year term.
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Correction: Women’s Marches story
In a story Jan. 19 about women's marches, The Associated Press misidentified the city of Portsmouth as New Hampshire's state capital, which is Concord. The story also said 1 million marched around the world in rallies protesting President Donald Trump's inauguration; global crowd estimates were in the millions.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Women will march again with aim to become a political force
Ex-rebel commander Timochenko to run for Colombia presidency
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Guerrillas from Colombia's once-largest rebel gray once say their former top commander Rodrigo Londono will run for the presidency of the South American nation in next year's election.
The announcement was made Wednesday by the leaders of the political movement started by the now-disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Londono is better known by his alias Timochenko
Former President Obama opens Chicago youth leadership summit
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has delivered opening remarks at a Chicago leadership summit hosted by his foundation for hundreds of civic leaders and artists from around the world.
Obama calls the two-day event starting Tuesday a "collective conversation" to exchange ideas with young people and help spark change.
Italy: Neo-fascists get a boost from anti-migrant sentiment
ROME (AP) — Created as a social movement to help under-privileged Italians, a small neo-fascist group has been grabbing headlines and gaining notoriety with its fierce opposition to migrants arriving in Italy.
But CasaPound, which combines progressive policies such as gay rights and abortion with die-hard nationalism, also is attracting supporters as it tries to redefine neo-fascism, which never completely disappeared in Italy despite Fascism's defeat as a political movement seven decades ago.
Former Colombian rebels change their name ... to FARC?
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former leftist rebels in Colombia have chosen a familiar-sounding, if polarizing, acronym for their fledgling political movement — FARC.
At a meeting Thursday 900 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia voted overwhelmingly to change the group's name to the Alternative Communal Revolutionary Forces, scrubbing any reference to its armed past. Since both names in Spanish carry the acronym FARC, its common use name will remain unchanged.
PHOENIX (AP) — Southern Baptists on Wednesday formally condemned the political movement known as the "alt-right," in a national meeting that was thrown into turmoil after leaders initially refused to take up the issue.
The denomination's annual convention in Phoenix voted to "decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ" and "denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil."
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the Southern Baptist Convention meeting (all times local):
MOSCOW (AP) — After calling two nationwide demonstrations in three months that have rattled the Kremlin, it's clear that opposition leader Alexei Navalny has the ability to bring people into the streets.
What's less certain, however, is whether the demonstrations can grow into a genuine political movement.
In a story May 13 about the funders of the school choice political movement, The Associated Press, relying on incorrectly labeled data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, misattributed political donations from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to his father, Bill Gates Sr., and erroneously reported that the younger Gates is not a major political contributor. The Microsoft founder contributed more than $5 million to political causes from 2007 through last year, including $3 million to promote a pro-charter school ballot measure in 2012 in Washington state. He also contributed $1 million to support another Washington charter school ballot measure in 2004. His father contributed $54,000 to the 2012 effort.
PARIS (AP) — Manuel Valls, the former French prime minister, said Tuesday he wants to turn his back on the Socialists and run under President-elect Emmanuel Macron's new political movement. It's not clear, however, if he will be able to do so.
All 577 seats in France's lower chamber are up for grabs in the country's two-part June 11 and June 18 parliamentary election. Macron's 577 candidates are expected to be announced Thursday and Macron himself will be sworn in on Sunday.
PARIS (AP) — Freshly elected to the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron now faces an equally difficult Act II: securing the parliamentary majority he needs to make good on his campaign promises to lift France out of economic gloom.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's presidential runoff on Sunday between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen (all times local):
A French government official says the state cybersecurity agency will investigate a hacking attack targeting presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French presidential runoff on Sunday (all times local):
France's election campaign commission is examining a hacking attack on candidate Emmanuel Macron's political movement and subsequent document leaks online.
The commission said it would hold a meeting early Saturday to discuss the attack.
It urged French media not to publish the documents, warning that some of them are "probably" fake.
Commentators on the Trump phenomenon tend to stress its uniqueness. They dwell on President Trump’s personal idiosyncrasies, and both the oddity of his policy positions and their mercurial transformations over time. The overall impression we are given is that Trump is historically unprecedented.
Rome mayor vows to stay in power despite arrest of top aide
ROME (AP) — Rome's mayor vowed Friday to keep governing despite a top City Hall official's arrest in a corruption probe, the latest blow to hit the populist 5-Star Movement's highest-profile official.
Mayor Virginia Raggi emphasized that Raffaele Marra, the head of City Hall personnel, was left over from previous administrations.
"We trusted in him, probably we made a mistake," she said, apologizing to the people of Rome, the political movement and its founder Beppe Grillo.
Colombia’s FARC kicks off last congress as guerrilla army
YARI PLAINS, Colombia (AP) — The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia kicked off its last conference as a rebel army Saturday as it looks to transition into a political movement following the signing of a peace accord to end more than a half-century of hostilities.