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The Montenegrin flag flying from the Montenegrin Embassy, is targeted with fireworks by Serbian ultra-nationalists during a protest against a religion rights law adopted by Montenegro's parliament last month, during a mass protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Montenegro on Friday strongly denounced aggression against its embassy in Serbia during a protest by some thousands of ultra-nationalists, saying the action represented an attack on the country's independence. (AP Photo/Ana Paunkovic)
January 04, 2020 - 6:57 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president on Saturday canceled a private visit to Montenegro he'd planned amid a row between the two former Balkan allies over a new law that Serbs say discriminates against the Serbian Orthodox Church. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he would not go to...
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A young man carries a new plastic bag, suddenly a rare sight on the streets of the capital as a ban on plastic bags took effect with the new year, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Shoppers in central Mexico City could be seen Wednesday carrying reusable shopping bags and reused plastic bags, as stores stopped providing disposable plastic bags to their customers.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
January 01, 2020 - 4:38 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — For centuries, Mexico City residents brought warm tortillas home in reusable cloths or woven straw baskets, and toted others foods in conical rolls of paper, “ayate” mesh or net bags, or even string bundles. People in Mexico's massive capital city may have to return to those old...
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Serbian Orthodox Church clergy in Montenegro march and hold a banner reading: ''Judgment and Justice are in God's name'' as they protest the planned adoption of a religious law that they say will pave the way to strip the church of its property, in Podgorica, Montenegro, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Montenegro's pro-Western president has accused the church of promoting pro-Serb policies in Montenegro and seeking to undermine the country's statehood since it split from Serbia in 2006. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)
January 01, 2020 - 3:25 pm
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Several thousand people on Wednesday held protests in Montenegro against a religious property bill that is opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church and Russia. The church insists that the law allows the state to impound its property, including monasteries, churches and...
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In this March 2017, photo, provided by Rep. Kimberly Dudik, Dudik speaks on the floor of the legislature holding her newborn son Marcutio in Helena, Mont. As experts predict another banner year of women running for office, hurdles remain particularly for those like Dudik who have young children. Only six states have laws specifically allowing the use of campaign funds for child care. In most states, including Montana, the law is silent on the issue and up to interpretation by state agencies or boards. (Rep. Nate McConnell/Rep. Kimberly Dudik via AP)
January 01, 2020 - 2:39 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Kimberly Dudik ran for her fourth term in the Montana House, state officials told her she could not use campaign money to pay for child care for her four young children. She is now running for attorney general and is trying to visit a big chunk of the sprawling state,...
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A young man eats churros packaged in a thin paper bag, purchased from a walking vendor carrying his wares in a woven basket, in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. A new law takes effect Wednesday, Jan. 1, prohibiting the plastic bags that became ubiquitous over the last 30 years. Grocery stores plan to sell reusable bags, and street vendors will have to return to more traditional methods of wrapping food, such as paper cones. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
January 01, 2020 - 1:04 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — For centuries, Mexico City residents brought warm tortillas home in reusable cloths or woven straw baskets, and toted others foods in conical rolls of paper, “ayate” mesh or net bags, or even string bundles. People in Mexico's massive capital city may have to return to those old...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, right, applauds visitors during opening ceremonies at the start of the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment are confident Virginia is on the verge of becoming the critical 38th state to ratify the gender equality measure. The proposed 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution faces a host of likely legal challenges and vehement opposition from conservative activists who depict the ERA as a threat to their stances on abortion and transgender rights.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 01, 2020 - 8:36 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment are so confident Virginia is on the verge of becoming the critical 38th state to ratify the gender equality measure, they are already making plans for how they will celebrate. But that jubilation could be largely symbolic. Despite broad...
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In this image made from a video, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen gives an annual New Year's statement to the media in Taipei, Taiwan Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (APTN via AP)
January 01, 2020 - 12:54 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has been relentless in its attempts to influence and infiltrate Taiwan's politics and society but the island's new ban on political interference should have no effect on normal exchanges between the sides, Taiwan's president said in her New Year's address. The Anti-...
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December 31, 2019 - 8:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a new California labor law from impacting more than 70,000 independent truckers. The law makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees, who are entitled to minimum wage and...
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The Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the NC NAACP, crumples up a mailer that tells voters IDs are needed in the upcoming 2020 election during a press conference outside the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The press conference was held after a federal judge in North Carolina said Thursday she would block the NC voter ID law, at least temporarily, as a lawsuit against the state continues. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)
December 31, 2019 - 8:47 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The federal judge who blocked the newest version of North Carolina's voter identification law cited the state's "sordid history of racial discrimination and voter suppression" as she ordered officials not to enforce the law in 2020. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs'...
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In this Monday, July 29, 2019, photo, a passerby uses a mobile phone while entering a subway station, in Boston. An anti-robocalls measure signed into law late Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
December 31, 2019 - 10:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. The new law gives authorities more enforcement...
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