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Protesters paralyze Lebanon amid political, economic crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — Protesters closed all major roads leading to the Lebanese capital on Monday, causing traffic jams and triggering a call by the head of the hospitals union who warned that such moves are preventing oxygen supplies from reaching medical centers treating coronavirus patients. The dayslong protests come against the backdrop of a crash … Read more

Armenia’s political tensions rise amid rival rallies

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Political tensions in Armenia heightened Monday, with supporters of the embattled prime minister and the opposition each holding massive rallies at separate sites in the capital. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has faced opposition demands to resign since he signed a peace deal in November that ended six weeks of intense fighting … Read more

Polisario blames UN for ‘political deadlock’ over W.Sahara

Pro-independence rebels fighting Morocco for Western Sahara said Saturday the United Nations was responsible for “political deadlock” over the disputed territory, on the 45th anniversary of their unilateral declaration of independence. The Algeria-backed Polisario Front controls about a fifth of the vast, arid territory of Western Sahara, and is demanding a promised UN-run referendum on … Read more

In Texas, attention turns to storm repairs, political peril

DALLAS (AP) — The seam that split in a pipe under Nora Espinoza’s sink during the frigid cold that gripped Texas was narrower than the edge of a dime. Her kitchen appeared mostly undamaged, but the plumber that cut into Espinoza’s wall found water had been pouring in underneath the floor. She expects the repairs … Read more

Nebraska Sen. Sasse bets political future on opposing Trump

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When Ben Sasse heard that GOP activists in Nebraska were primed to censure him for insufficiently supporting Donald Trump, the Republican senator didn’t try to talk them out it. Instead, he punched first. In a five-minute video posted to Facebook and YouTube, Sasse ripped fellow Republicans for following a “cult of … Read more

Lawyer who defended Trump accustomed to political disaster

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bruce L. Castor Jr. answered his cellphone, but he had no time to talk. “I’m 12 minutes from prime time,” he said, before heading to the well of the U.S. Senate to defend his client, Donald Trump, as one of two defense lawyers in the ex-president’s second impeachment trial. It may … Read more

Cardinal Dolan’s Call for Political Unity Not Possible says Randall Terry

 Protest led by Randall Terry in front of Joe Biden’s home last week. NEWS PROVIDED BYRandall TerryAug. 7, 2020 MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 7, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ — President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden took shots at each other’s faith on Thursday, staring with Trump telling Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera that Biden is “against … Read more