Legislature - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Legislature US, Turkey spar over Erdogan visit violence, Kurdish support WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration faced growing calls Thursday for a forceful response to violence by Turkish presidential guards on American soil, who were briefly detained this week but then set free. The unseemly incident added to U.S.-Turkish tensions that are being compounded by a growing spat over U.S. war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:00:00Z Trump claims witch hunt, says he's most hounded leader ever WASHINGTON (AP) — Brimming with resentment, President Donald Trump fervently denied on Thursday that his campaign had collaborated with Russia or that he'd tried to kill an FBI probe of the issue, contending that "even my enemies" recognize his innocence and declaring himself the most unfairly hounded president in history. Asked point-blank if he'd done a... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:02:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:02:00Z Greek parliament approves new creditor-demanded cutbacks ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government secured parliamentary approval late Thursday for a new batch of creditor-demanded measures that will impose further income losses on austerity-weary Greeks over the next three years but pave the way for a modest debt relief deal. The legislation was backed by all 153 deputies in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left... Thu, 18 May 2017 23:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T23:19:00Z Utah Rep. Chaffetz to Resign from Congress Utah Rep. Thu, 18 May 2017 23:15:00 GMT 2017-05-18T23:15:00Z The Latest: Rubio praises Trump for new Venezuela sanctions BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:25 p.m. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is praising the Trump administration for imposing sanctions on eight members of Venezuela's Supreme Court. Rubio says in a statement Thursday that the sanctions make it clear to Venezuelan Preside... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:27:00Z House passes bill targeting shootings of police WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved legislation Thursday that makes killing a state or local police officer an aggravating factor that juries and judges would consider in death penalty cases. Under current law, killing a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor in death penalty deliberations. The bill's supporters say it's important to apply that sta... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:22:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:22:00Z The Latest: Trump denies asking Comey to shelve Flynn probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has responded with a direct "no, no" to a question about whether he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shelve an investigation into his former national security adviser. Trump also was questioned Thursday o... Fri, 19 May 2017 06:26:00 GMT 2017-05-19T06:26:00Z France's Le Pen to run for parliament with party in disarray PARIS (AP) — Emerging from her crushing defeat in France's presidential contest, far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Thursday she will run for a parliamentary seat in June elections and that her National Front party has "an essential role" in a new political landscape. Le Pen will run for a seat in a district in her northern stronghold of Henin-Beaumont, ... Fri, 19 May 2017 08:30:00 GMT 2017-05-19T08:30:00Z Graham Gives Mixed Support to Special Counsel Sen. Lindsey Graham said he agreed with the decision to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russia investigation, but said the public will... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:34:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:34:00Z The Latest: US releases 2 Turkish bodyguards after violence WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on violence that occurred outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The United States says it released two members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahns) security detail after briefly detaining them during a violent incident outside the Turkish ambassador's residen... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:03:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:03:00Z Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional Republicans are demanding the Trump administration take swift and severe action against the Turkish government in response to violence involving members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail, with one saying the U.S. "should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America." Sen. John Mc... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:02:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:02:00Z Ryan: Congressional Investigations Will Go On In his weekly news conference, Speaker Paul Ryan says the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate Trump campaign-Russia connections won't affect... Thu, 18 May 2017 18:01:00 GMT 2017-05-18T18:01:00Z The Latest: Senator says Flynn hasn't responded to subpoena WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says his panel has not received a response from Michael Flynn's lawyer — correcting his earlier statement that Flynn would not comply with a subpoena. Republican... Thu, 18 May 2017 17:16:00 GMT 2017-05-18T17:16:00Z GOP Senators React to Special Counsel Senate Republicans have mixed reactions to the Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal... Thu, 18 May 2017 17:06:00 GMT 2017-05-18T17:06:00Z Dems Praise Mueller Pick as Independent Counsel Senate Democrats appear unanimous in applauding the selection of former FBI chief Robert Mueller as an independent counsel to probe Russian meddling in... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:49:00 GMT 2017-05-18T16:49:00Z Top Senate Dem Applauds Mueller Appointment Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer took to the Senate floor Thursday to applaud the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as the special... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:07:00 GMT 2017-05-18T15:07:00Z The Latest: Senator calls for ejection of Turkish ambassador WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on violence that occurred outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington (all times local): 10:10 a.m. A senior Republican senator is calling for Turkey's ambassador to be thrown out of the country in response to violence involving members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahns) security detail. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:19:00Z Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, an acknowledgment of growing public demands to place the politically charged inquiry into the hands of an outside investigator with bipartisan respect. The former FBI director has a broad mandate that could encompass any qu... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:50:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:50:00Z Saudi Embassy in Vienna warns about Austria's face cover ban VIENNA (AP) — The Saudi Embassy in Vienna is alerting its citizens to recent Austrian legislation banning face covers in public and is calling on them to observe the law. The measure takes effect in October. It will affect women who normally wear burqas, nigabs or other outfits that conceal their faces or allow only the eyes to be seen. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:48:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:48:00Z Spain's parliament passes port reform to avoid EU fines MADRID (AP) — Spain's parliament has approved a government bill to liberalize the country's port operations and avoid hefty European Union fines, but dockworker unions have threatened to oppose it with strikes. The bill passed Thursday seeks to end a decades-old monopoly by a workers' association on who gets employed at the ports. Dockworker unions have t... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:32:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:32:00Z Austrian Greens party head resigns from all functions VIENNA (AP) — The head of Austria's Greens party has resigned from all party functions and says she will also give up her seat in parliament. Austria's political landscape is in turmoil. The governing center-right coalition has agreed to part ways and hold early elections Oct. 15 while the opposition Greens have been shaken by recent infighting that has alienated some suppor... Thu, 18 May 2017 09:14:00 GMT 2017-05-18T09:14:00Z The Latest: Senate panel gets some material in Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A Senate aide says the Senate Intelligence committee has received some material it requested from two of President Donald Trump's associates. The committee requested lists of meetings with Russian officials during the presidential camp... Thu, 18 May 2017 04:10:00 GMT 2017-05-18T04:10:00Z Canada backs sanctions legislation targeting rights abusers OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's government decided Wednesday to create legislation to expand the country's international sanctions law to target gross human rights violators, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told Parliament. A Parliament committee agreed last month to support amending Canada's sanctions rules to include rights violators, acting in honor... Thu, 18 May 2017 03:37:00 GMT 2017-05-18T03:37:00Z GOP lawmaker demands inquiry of Turkish leader's bodyguards WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Republican is calling on the Trump administration to investigate whether criminal charges are warranted against members of the Turkish president's security detail. Rep. Ed Royce of California says bodyguards traveling with Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his official state visit to Washington "viciously beat multiple individuals, throwing them to the... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:37:00Z Clashes in Greece as thousands protest austerity ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An anti-austerity rally in Greece's capital turned violent Wednesday as a general strike halted flights, ferries and public transportation, and thousands joined protest marches across the country. A small group of protesters threw gasoline bombs and fired flares at riot police after the marches ended in Athens. Police responded with ... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:00:00Z Macedonia opposition leader given mandate to form government SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president on Wednesday handed the mandate to form a government to left-wing opposition leader Zoran Zaev, an initial step toward ending a political crisis that culminated last month in angry protesters storming parliament. Zaev has 20 days to seek a coalition partner and form a Cabinet, but said he hoped to complete ta... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:33:00Z Ryan: 'We Need the Facts' on Trump Russia Links House Speaker Paul Ryan argues against rush to judgment on President Donald Trump revelations, adding "we need the facts." (May 17) Wed, 17 May 2017 15:15:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:15:00Z Austrian political parties approve early election motion VIENNA (AP) — With Austria's government coalition frayed beyond repair, all political parties have approved a motion in parliament calling for early elections on Oct. 15. The proposal agreed on Wednesday still has to be accepted by a parliamentary committee to become legislation but that is only a formality. Regular elections had been s... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:09:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:09:00Z Schumer: White House Turmoil Testing Country Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the back-to-back crises affecting the Trump White House are testing the country "in unprecedented ways" and... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:06:00Z The Latest: Tear gas fired at Greek anti-austerity protest ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Greece's general strike (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Greek riot police in central Athens have fired tear gas at protesting youths as anti-austerity protests turned violent. Several dozen protesters hurled rocks and fired flares at police outside Parliament after peaceful marches inv... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T10:37:00Z