Political resignations

Women block a police bus during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Tut.by via AP)
September 12, 2020 - 1:21 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — About 10,000 women marched noisily through the Belarusian capital on Saturday, beating pots and pans and shouting for the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president in the 35th consecutive day of large anti-government protests. Many carried portraits of Maria...
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FILE - In this Aug.6, 2020 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, and Lebanese President Michel Aoun, second right, meet at Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, in Lebanon. In the wake of Beirut's massive port explosion, Macron has taken a tough line, setting deadlines for Lebanon's politicians to carry out reforms. His hands-on approach has angered some in Lebanon and brought praise from others. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool, File)
September 11, 2020 - 8:38 am
BEIRUT (AP) — During his visit this month, French President Emmanuel Macron gave Lebanon’s politicians a road map for policy changes and reform, set deadlines for them to take action and told them he’d be back in December to check on progress. It was a hands-on approach that angered some in Lebanon...
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Bridgeport Police Chief Armando "A.J." Perez speaks during an interview at the Police Training Academy on April 29, 2019, in Bridgeport, Conn. Perez, the police chief of Connecticut's largest city, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, on federal charges that he teamed with Bridgeport's personnel director to rig the hiring process to make sure he'd get his job. (Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)
September 10, 2020 - 6:28 pm
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The police chief in Connecticut's largest city resigned Thursday, the mayor said, hours after being arrested on federal charges that he teamed with Bridgeport’s personnel director to rig the hiring process to ensure he got the job. Mayor Joe Ganim announced Chief Armando “A...
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In this Nov. 4, 2019, photo, Rochester Police Department Chief La'Ron Singletary speaks to the media during a news conference in Rochester, N.Y. Singletary is among top leaders in the Rochester Police Department who announced their retirement Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, amid nightly protests over the city's handling of the suffocation of Daniel Prude. The outgoing chief accused critics of trying to "destroy my character and integrity." (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Rochester Democrat & Chronicle via AP)
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September 08, 2020 - 9:54 pm
Top police leaders in Rochester, New York, announced their retirements Tuesday amid nightly protests over the handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, whose family filed a federal lawsuit alleging a cover-up by law enforcement. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, Deputy Chief Joseph M...
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People take elevators at a shopping building in Tokyo on Aug. 24, 2020. Japan’s economy shrank at a record, even worse rate in the April-June quarter than initially estimated. The Cabinet Office said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, Japan’s seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product contracted at an annualized rate of 28.1%, worse than the 27.8% figure given last month. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 07, 2020 - 10:27 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy shrank at a record, even worse rate in the April-June quarter than initially estimated. The Cabinet Office said Tuesday Japan’s seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product contracted at an annualized rate of 28.1%, worse than the 27.8% figure given last month. The...
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A worker holds a shirt with the name of Barcelona soccer player Lionel Messi at a F.C Barcelona store in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Barcelona is banking on a face-to-face meeting with Lionel Messi to try to convince him to stay. Talks with Messi’s father-agent are expected this week in Barcelona but the club also hopes to sit down with the player himself.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
September 04, 2020 - 6:56 am
Three weeks after the humiliating loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, Barcelona is still mired in crisis and surrounded by uncertainty over the future of Lionel Messi. Will the Argentina forward leave? Will the rest of the squad be revamped as promised by the new coach?...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Japan’s top government spokesman Suga, a longtime right-hand man for the outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has emerged as a top successor candidate Tuesday, Sept. 1, as party executives met to decide logistics of a party presidential election expected in mid-September. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
September 01, 2020 - 8:08 am
TOKYO (AP) — With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing his plans to step down due to health reasons, members of his ruling party are furiously maneuvering ahead of an internal vote that will ultimately decide his successor. Executives of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party met Tuesday and decided...
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Workers repair water tanks and damaged apartments overlooking the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
August 31, 2020 - 6:52 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese diplomat was appointed to form a new government in crisis-hit Lebanon on Monday after winning the backing of major political parties. President Michel Aoun asked Lebanon’s ambassador to Germany, Mustapha Adib, to form a new government after he secured 90 votes in the 128-...
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A woman kneels in front of a riot police line as they block Belarusian opposition supporters rally in the center of Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Opposition supporters whose protests have convulsed the country for two weeks aim to hold a march in the capital of Belarus. (AP Photo)
August 30, 2020 - 10:46 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday in the capital of Belarus, beginning the fourth week of daily protests demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian president after an election they call rigged gave him a sixth term in office. The protest at the “...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows during a press conference at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, says he’s resigning because a chronic illness has resurfaced. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
August 29, 2020 - 12:12 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said he is stepping down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced. He told reporters Friday that it was “gut wrenching” to leave many of his goals unfinished. Abe has had ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager and has said...
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