Political scandals

FILE - In this April 26, 2014 file photo, a Roman catholic priest, back to camera, listens to a man's confession during a mass for late Pope John Paul II and John XXIII in Saint Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French) church, in Rome. The Holy See’s Apostolic Penitentiaria, a tribunal which deals with absolution and confessional matters, reiterated the secrecy obligation in a six-page document made public Monday, July 1, 2019, by the Vatican. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)
July 01, 2019 - 5:15 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Amid pedophile clergy scandals, the Vatican has declared "unacceptable" any efforts by politicians or lawmakers to force priests to violate their sacred obligation to keep secret what faithful tell them in confession. The Holy See's Apostolic Penitentiary, a tribunal dealing...
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Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis looks up during a parliament session in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The Czech coalition government led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis is facing a parliamentary no-confidence vote over European Union subsidies paid to his former business empire. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
June 26, 2019 - 2:23 am
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis is facing a parliamentary no-confidence vote over European Union subsidies that were paid to his former business empire. Five opposition parties requested the vote, after a preliminary EU report concluded the...
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Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, speaks to supporters at an election party in Springfield, Va., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Saslaw won the race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
June 11, 2019 - 11:57 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's off-year elections later this year — when 140 legislative seats and partisan control of the Legislature is up for grabs — may signal what the rest of the country's mood will be in 2020. But a series of surprising primary results Tuesday offered mix messages on what...
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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
June 03, 2019 - 5:40 pm
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says he would not have pressured Democrat Al Franken to resign from the Senate at the time some of his 2020 rivals did. Buttigieg was asked about Franken at an MSNBC town hall Monday. Several of his Democratic...
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Virginia Gov/ Ralph Northam, left, listens during a news conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Friday, May 31, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing several people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. (AP Photo/Vicki Cronis-Nohe)
June 03, 2019 - 2:25 am
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wasted little time getting to Virginia Beach after a gunman killed a dozen people in a city office building, the first major test of his leadership since a blackface scandal almost forced him from office four months ago. The governor, who is...
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May 31, 2019 - 9:31 pm
YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) — In suburban Philadelphia, it took a little over eight minutes into the question-and-answer session at freshman Rep. Madeleine Dean's town hall for someone to ask about impeachment. The topic was broached in Southern California, as Rep. Katie Porter fielded other questions on...
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Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini arrives for a press conference at the League's headquarters, in Milan, Italy, Monday, May 27, 2019. The League party of Italy's hard-line interior minister was one of the biggest winners in the European elections, with sky-rocketing support that bolsters his role as the flagbearer of the nationalist and far-right forces in Europe and could also shake up politics at home. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
May 27, 2019 - 3:35 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on European elections (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing populist League, Matteo Salvini, says he is counting on like-minded parties in other parliamentary groups to join his hard-line euroskeptic movement, with the goal of creating a 150-...
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A supporter of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro helps carry a photo of the president during a rally on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, May 26, 2019. The pro-Bolsonaro rally follows anti-government protests against cuts in the education budget as the president also battles an uncooperative Congress, a family corruption scandal and falling approval ratings after five months in office. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
May 26, 2019 - 12:19 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands gathered in cities across Brazil on Sunday to show support for President Jair Bolsonaro, who faces an uncooperative Congress, street protests, a family corruption scandal and falling approval ratings five months into his term. The stumbling start for the far-right...
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Ballots are being prepared ahead of Sunday's European Elections, in Rozzano, near Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 25, 2019. Some 400 million Europeans from 28 countries head to the polls from Thursday to Sunday to choose their representatives at the European Parliament for the next five years. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
May 25, 2019 - 11:11 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 8:05 a.m. Belgians are heading to the polls in European Union, national and regional elections Sunday. Polls opened at 8 a.m. (0700GMT) and the first estimates and exit polls were expected by 6 p.m. (1700GMT). In...
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African National Congress party (ANC) supporters gather for the swearing-in ceremony for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, May 25, 2019. Ramaphosa has vowed to crack down on the corruption that contributed to the ruling ANC' s weakest election showing in a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
May 25, 2019 - 3:47 am
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday urged South Africans to pursue "an extraordinary feat of human endeavor" as he was sworn in for a five-year term with a delicate fight against government corruption ahead of him. "The challenges our country face are huge and real...
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