Municipal governments

Riot police officers beat an anti-government protester during a protest near the parliament square in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The recent clashes marked some of the worst in the capital since demonstrations began two months ago. The rise in tensions comes as politicians have failed to agree on forming a new government. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 15, 2019 - 6:11 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Attackers in northern Lebanon set fire to the offices of two major political parties on Sunday, the state-run National News Agency said. The assaults came just hours after the capital Beirut was rocked by the most violent government crackdown on protesters since nationwide...
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December 15, 2019 - 2:33 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s incumbent mayor won a second term on Saturday night, holding off a millionaire trial lawyer whose previous support of President Donald Trump had become one of the main campaign issues. Mayor Sylvester Turner defeated Tony Buzbee during Saturday’s runoff election. Unofficial...
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In this Nov. 25, 2019 photo, highway BR-163 stretches between the Tapajos National Forest, left, and a soy field in Belterra, Para state, Brazil. Carved through jungle during Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1970s, this highway and BR-230, known as the Trans-Amazon, were built to bend nature to man’s will in the vast hinterland. Four decades later, there’s development taking shape, but also worsening deforestation. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
December 14, 2019 - 10:53 pm
TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to...
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December 14, 2019 - 8:37 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials announced Saturday that no data was held for ransom and that a recovery operation is getting underway after a cyberattack a day earlier triggered a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans. Chief Information Officer Kim LaGrue, speaking at a news conference...
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 1976, file photo, Felix Rohatyn, head of New York's Municipal Assistance Corp. (MAC) speaks at a meeting of the University of Hartford's tax institute in Hartford, Conn. A banker who was credited with saving New York City from financial ruin, Rohatyn died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. (AP Photo, File)
December 14, 2019 - 6:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Felix Rohatyn, the financier and government adviser who was credited with helping to save New York City from ruin during the 1970s as chairman of the agency that oversaw the city's finances, died Saturday. He was 91. Rohatyn's son Nicolas Rohatyn said his father died at his...
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In this Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 photo, Democrat Royce West, left, a Texas state senator who is running for U.S. Senate in Texas, talks with local party organizer Jimmy Alan Hall after a campaign stop in San Marcos, Texas. West is one of a dozen Democrats in Texas running to challenge Republican incumbent John Cornyn in 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Weber)
December 14, 2019 - 9:13 am
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — It's finally official: Beto O'Rourke isn't running for Senate in Texas. The problem for Democrats is most voters don't know who is. Unusually high hopes among Democrats for Texas in 2020 are facing an unsettled post-Betomania landscape: a dozen Senate challengers and no...
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December 13, 2019 - 6:59 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ransomware was detected after a suspected cyberattack prompted a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans on Friday, officials said. The city had not received any ransom demands as of Friday afternoon, however, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference. City...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg listens to speeches before addressing the U.N. climate conference n Madrid, Spain. On Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, The Associated Press reported on a video circulating online and inaccurately described, in some social media posts, as showing Thunberg firing an AR-15 rifle. The shooter in the video is another young Swede named Emmy Slinge. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 13, 2019 - 3:47 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: A video circulating online shows a person firing an AR...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, Rapper turned political candidate, Brad "Scarface" Jordan, left, visits with voter Michele Lemon and her son outside of an early voting location in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston, Texas. Jordan is in a run-off against Carolyn Evans-Shabazz for a seat on the Houston City Council. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)
December 13, 2019 - 1:26 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boyz, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing tricks on them:...
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A Tokyo 2020 banner stands in front of the Azumi Baseball Stadium, a venue for baseball and softball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 13, 2019 - 3:24 am
FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They’ll also play Olympic baseball and softball next year in one part of...
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