Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

HONG KONG (Deutsche Welle) -- The Hong Kong government on Monday banned a political party advocating independence from China, citing national security concerns. The Hong Kong National Party, founde...

Party power on the line in many state legislative elections

A total of 6,066 state legislative seats will be on general election ballots around the country this year, and nearly two dozen more will be decided in November special elections to fill vacancies. ...

Hong Kong opens high-speed rail link with China

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong on Saturday opened a new high-speed rail link to inland China that will vastly decrease travel times but also raises concerns about Beijing's creeping influence ov...

US Sen. Maria Cantwell faces former head of Wash. state GOP

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democrat Maria Cantwell has easily won re-election to the U.S. Senate from Washington state in previous years, but as she seeks her fourth-term this November she is facing her mo...

New Jersey takeover of Atlantic City may be ending soon

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's takeover of Atlantic City's assets and major decision-making power may be coming to an end soon. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is due in the sea...

Police stop black legislative candidate going door-to-door

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A black legislative candidate says she feels humiliated after police in Wisconsin stopped her and questioned her while she was campaigning door-to-door. The Capi...

Former aides give Wisconsin Gov. Walker re-election headache

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fights for his political life, some of the most devastating attacks aren't coming from Democrats. They're coming from a handful of former top offici...

Region in Ukraine's west bans Russian-language books, movies

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A regional council in western Ukraine has passed a motion to ban all Russian-language books, films and songs in the region. The legislature in the Lviv region v...

GOP frets about prospects for picking up Indiana Senate seat

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Braun, the Republican candidate for a crucial Senate seat in Indiana, often refers to his rival, Sen. Joe Donnelly, as "Sleepin' Joe" and has vowed to wake the vulnerable Demo...

US state of Wyoming to expand trade with Taiwan, open trade office in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The state of Wyoming in the U.S. is poised to begin a new trade partnership with Taiwan according to local media. Taiwan trade representative Chester Chu will assist th...

Mormon leaders call for new medical-marijuana plan in months

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge people to vote against a ballot measure that w...

Montana Green Party's ballot benefactor may remain unknown

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Whoever bankrolled the effort to qualify the Montana Green Party for this year's state ballot may get away with remaining unknown because the state's campaign disclosure laws do n...

Missouri judge bars redistricting measure in win for GOP

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Friday ordered a redistricting measure to be knocked off the November ballot, a win for Republican critics of the proposal to tie state legislative seats...

A look at Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as the most destructive storm in the modern history of the island, a poll by a U.S. market research company added insu...

Venezuela's Maduro meets China's Xi on trip to deepen ties

BEIJING (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is to meet with the president of China, one of his ailing country's biggest creditors, during a trip to deepen ties. China's foreig...