- Name of Myanmar's next president to be known March 17 Updated: Feb-08-16 1:32 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - The names of Myanmar's next president and two vice presidents will be revealed on March 17, an official said Monday, setting a clear timeline for the transition of power from a military-controlled government to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's party.
- Haiti's president departs to make way for interim government Updated: Feb-07-16 10:30 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - President Michel Martelly made his farewell speech to Haiti as he departed office Sunday with no successor yet chosen because a runoff election was delayed for a second time last month amid violent protests and deep suspicions about vote rigging.
- Spanish king's UK trip delayed amid talks to form gov't Updated: Feb-04-16 10:43 am
MADRID - Spain's King Felipe VI is putting off a March state visit to Britain because of difficult negotiations among his country's political parties to form a new government following inconclusive December election results.
- Song by Haiti's outgoing leader jeers at female journalist Updated: Feb-02-16 9:52 am
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haiti's outgoing president has released a brash pop song jeering at his critics and aiming sexually suggestive lyrics at his main target, an award-winning female journalist.
- Official: Starvation in South Sudan as peace process stalls Updated: Feb-02-16 6:39 am
JUBA, South Sudan - The head of an international group monitoring South Sudan's peace process said Tuesday that people are starving in the country's Western Equatoria state as the government and rebels delay forming a transitional government to end the country's civil war.
- Pro-government marchers in Haiti capital call for elections Updated: Jan-28-16 7:33 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Several thousand people held a peaceful march in Haiti's crowded capital calling for elections to be held soon to resolve a political crisis threatening the stability of the perennially volatile nation.
- Spain's jobless rate drops in Q4 after record annual fall Updated: Jan-28-16 9:39 am
MADRID - Spain's unemployment rate edged down to 20.9 percent in the fourth quarter from 21.2 percent the previous quarter, at the end of a year when the number of jobless fell by a record amount, the National Statistics Institute said Thursday.
- US criticizes planned island visit by Taiwan president Updated: Jan-27-16 5:30 pm
WASHINGTON - The State Department is criticizing plans by Taiwan's outgoing president to visit a Taiwanese-occupied islet in the disputed South China Sea.
- Spain: PM defends party despite new corruption arrests Updated: Jan-27-16 9:34 am
MADRID - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Wednesday he sees no reason why the arrest of 24 people in a new corruption scandal affecting his conservative Popular Party should damage his efforts to form a new government following last month's inconclusive elections.
- South Sudan rebel leader says he is not going back home Updated: Jan-26-16 1:42 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda - A rebel leader in South Sudan said Tuesday he would not return to his country because the government has violated a peace accord signed last August.
- UN panel: South Sudan rival leaders qualify for sanctions Updated: Jan-25-16 7:35 pm
JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan's president and a rebel leader both merit sanctions because their troops have targeted civilians and broken international law, a U.N. panel of experts says in a new report obtained by The Associated Press.
- Kerry dismisses posturing ahead of peace talks on Syria Updated: Jan-25-16 11:28 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday dismissed Syrian government claims and opposition complaints as posturing ahead of U.N.-led peace talks that are to begin Friday and last six months.
- Head of Durham's Carolina Theatre resigns after word of debt Updated: Jan-22-16 3:32 pm
DURHAM, North Carolina - The president of the historic Carolina Theatre in Durham has resigned weeks after announcing the organization was more than $1 million in debt.
- President: Haiti runoff vote will take place as scheduled Updated: Jan-21-16 9:16 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haiti's outgoing leader insisted Thursday that a presidential runoff will be held as scheduled this weekend, regardless of a boycott by the opposition candidate and deep suspicion of electoral fraud.
- For 2nd day in row, protest turns violent in Haiti capital Updated: Jan-19-16 10:16 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - For a second straight day, opposition protesters erected burning roadblocks and shattered windows in a section of Haiti's capital on Tuesday to press for new elections less than a week before a Jan. 24 presidential and legislative runoff.
- Several election offices attacked in Haiti as runoff nears Updated: Jan-18-16 10:23 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Stone-throwing demonstrators on Monday smashed car windows and set at least two vehicles ablaze in Haiti's capital, hours after several electoral offices were attacked in northern towns as the country prepares for a Jan. 24 presidential and legislative runoff.
- Boycotting candidate says Jan. 24 runoff will set Haiti back Updated: Jan-17-16 2:59 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haiti's opposition candidate for president is warning that if a runoff is held next weekend as scheduled it will be a big step back for the country's fragile democracy and lead to increased turmoil in the sharply divided nation.
- Flag-waiving teen pop star unites fractious Taiwan Updated: Jan-16-16 1:47 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwanese politicians came out in support Saturday of a teenage pop star who was forced to apologize for waving the island's national flag on a South Korean television program, reigniting the complex issue of national identity on a day when voters are electing a new independence-leaning president and national legislature.
- Taiwan presidential race showcases women's increasing role Updated: Jan-15-16 6:04 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan appears all but certain to elect a female president on Saturday, underscoring the vast political gains women have made over the island's decades-long transition from authoritarianism to thriving democracy.
- UN envoy warns of risk of violence in Congo ahead of vote Updated: Jan-14-16 9:12 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. envoy for Congo warned Thursday of "the very real risks" of civil unrest and violence in the run-up to scheduled legislative and presidential elections in November.
- White House to ramp up transition planning in early spring Updated: Jan-13-16 9:56 am
WASHINGTON - The White House chief of staff says planning for the transition to the next president will ramp up in early spring.