National elections

South African President and President of the African National Congress, Jacob Zuma, addresses delegates at the delayed start of the ANC elective conference in Johannesburg, Saturday, Dec. 16 2017. The fight to replace scandal-prone Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling party gathered to elect a new leader. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
December 16, 2017 - 11:10 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader, with Zuma acknowledging "failures" that have threatened the party's future. The reputation of...
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Delegates wait for the delayed start of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) elective conference in Johannesburg, Saturday, Dec. 16 2017. The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
December 16, 2017 - 10:23 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's ruling party meeting (all times local): 5:20 p.m. South Africa's president is admitting "failures" of the weakening ruling party but is defending its worth in the face of a possible split, saying the party of Nelson Mandela continues to stand for...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. administers the House oath of office to Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. In North Dakota, where Donald Trump won in a landslide last year, Republicans’ lone Senate candidate, Cramer, is a little-known state lawmaker, and a potato farmer, from a remote small town closer to the Canadian border than the state capital Bismarck. While established Republicans and business leaders in other states Trump carried are running to topple Democratic senators, the GOP is struggling to land a big name in North Dakota.(AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)
December 16, 2017 - 8:03 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — In North Dakota, where Donald Trump won in a landslide last year, Republicans' lone Senate candidate is a little-known state lawmaker — and potato farmer — from a remote town closer to the Canadian border than the state capital. While established Republicans and...
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December 16, 2017 - 5:30 am
Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. ---------------- TOP STORIES ---------------- CONGRESS-TAXES — Republicans finally reveal their huge national tax rewrite — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval next week in...
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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, talks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans signed the conference committee report to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 15, 2017 - 7:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A provision that would have freed churches to make political endorsements has been dropped from the Republican tax overhaul, dashing the hopes of a segment of religious conservatives on what has been a key issue to the Trump administration. Advocacy groups on opposing sides said...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to a question during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russia. Russian lawmakers on Friday, Dec, 15 set the presidential election for March 18, a move that formally sets in motion campaigning for a race that Putin is all but certain to win. Voter apathy is the main challenge for Putin’s strategists, who want to make his result as strong as ever to prove that public support for the Russian leader hasn’t withered 18 years after his first election. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
December 15, 2017 - 12:40 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's presidential election campaign formally lasts only three months, and President Vladimir Putin wants to make it as short as possible. With Putin's approval rating topping 80 percent, there is little doubt about the outcome of the March 18 vote. Instead, voter apathy represents...
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Supporters of Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones react as they watch results during an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 14, 2017 - 6:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, black women showed up for Democrats, with nearly all of them voting in Alabama for new Sen. Doug Jones, just as they did for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in other states over the last few months. The same women, having proven their loyalty by voting 98...
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In this Dec. 13, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. Most Americans think Trump did something either Illegal or unethical regarding his presidential campaign's ties to Russia_ and they think he’s trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those connections. A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals a deeply divided country more concerned about health care and the economy than any collusion with the Kremlin (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 14, 2017 - 5:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections. The deeply divided country is more...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
December 14, 2017 - 2:21 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the U.S. is only hurting itself with investigations of alleged collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and the Kremlin leader vowed he won't allow the radical opposition at home to challenge the status quo as he seeks re-...
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FILE -- In this Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 file photo Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks after being sworn in at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's new president is taking steps to differentiate himself from his ousted mentor, Robert Mugabe, as he tries to win over the country before next year's elections. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
December 14, 2017 - 8:25 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's new president is showing signs of charting a path different from that of his ousted mentor, Robert Mugabe, as he tries to win over the country before next year's elections. On Friday, the ruling ZANU-PF party is expected to endorse President Emmerson Mnangagwa as...
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