Government transitions

Finland's resigned Prime Minister speaks during an interview with public broadcaster YLE in Helsinki, Finland, Saturday, March 9, 2019. Sipila's center-right government resigned Friday after the governing coalition failed to agree on and push through a planned social and health reform. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)
March 09, 2019 - 5:24 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's outgoing prime minister, who abruptly tendered the resignation of his center-right government just weeks before the general election, says he won't seek to remain as chairman of his party next year if support continues to decline. Juha Sipila, now heading a caretaker...
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February 22, 2019 - 2:48 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia's longest-raging rebellions. President Rodrigo Duterte led a ceremony to name...
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Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez delivers a statement at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Sanchez has called early general elections for late April, the third such ballot in less than four years. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
February 15, 2019 - 9:37 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain will elect its third government in less than four years after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's fragile socialist government acknowledged Friday its support had evaporated and called an early general election. Sanchez's eight-month-old administration met its end after failing to...
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In this Feb. 7, 2019 photo, thousands of demonstrators march in the street as they chant anti-government slogans during a protest to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise and demanding to know how Petro Caribe funds have been used by the current and past administrations, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Much of the financial support to help Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake comes from Venezuela's Petro Caribe fund, a 2005 pact that gives suppliers below-market financing for oil and is under the control of the central government. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
February 15, 2019 - 8:47 am
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians on Friday vowed to keep protesting until President Jovenel Moise resigns, despite his announcement of upcoming economic measures designed to quell more than a week of violent demonstrations across the country. Moise said during a televised address late Thursday...
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Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, speaks during a press conference on the steps of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Germany, Spain, France, the U.K. and Sweden have announced that they are recognizing Guaido as the country's interim president and are urging him to hold a new presidential election.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
February 04, 2019 - 3:32 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — More than a dozen European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and clear the way for a new presidential election. Maduro stood...
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Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido, accompanied by his wife Fabiana Rosales and his 20-month-old daughter Miranda, listens to a reporter's question during a news conference outside their apartment, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Guaido said security forces showed up at their home in an attempt to intimidate him. "The dictatorship thinks it can intimidate us," Guaido said. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
February 01, 2019 - 6:12 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Momentum is growing for Venezuela's opposition movement led by lawmaker Juan Guaido, who has called supporters back into the streets for nationwide protests Saturday, escalating pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to step down. A defiant Maduro's socialist...
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A government supporter reads a newspaper standing next to a poster featuring Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez with a message that reads in Spanish: "Hot corner, Maduro president," in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. “Esquina Caliente” or Hot Corner is a section of Plaza Bolivar where Chavez supporters gather regularly. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
January 29, 2019 - 2:59 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political and economic crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The Venezuelan opposition's new envoy in Washington is calling for the international community to ramp up pressure on the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Carlos...
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In this Jan. 25, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Trump is dismissing a tell-all book by a former White House aide as “made up stories and fiction.” The book by Cliff Sims, “Team of Vipers,” compares many Trump aides to serpents. Trump is tweeting that Sims “pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer.” (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
January 29, 2019 - 1:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is dismissing — and potentially bolstering sales of — a new tell-all book by a former White House aide, calling it "made up stories and fiction." Cliff Sims' book, "Team of Vipers," is the latest in a series of insider accounts by journalists and former...
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Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro march in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The United States urged all nations Saturday to support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido while Russia accused the Trump administration of attempting "to engineer a coup d'etat" against President Nicolas Maduro, a reflection of the world's deep divisions over the crisis in the embattled Latin American country. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
January 26, 2019 - 2:33 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Venezuela's government has backtracked on an order that gave U.S. Embassy personnel 72 hours to leave the country. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said that it is now negotiating the establishment of a U...
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Opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks to supporters at a public plaza in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The 35-year-old lawmaker's whereabouts had been a mystery since he was symbolically sworn in Wednesday before tens of thousands of cheering supporters, promising to uphold the constitution and rid Venezuela of Maduro's dictatorship. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
January 25, 2019 - 2:12 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition leader who has declared himself interim president vowed Friday he would remain on the streets until the South American country has a transitional government, while President Nicolas Maduro dug in and accused his opponents of orchestrating a coup...
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