Oklahoma governor angers gun and gay rights groups same day


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have allowed adults to carry handguns without a permit and signed another that permits religious organizations to exclude same sex couples from adoptions, managing to anger both gun and gay rights groups on the same day.


Polls close across Iraq in first vote since victory over IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — Polls have closed across Iraq Saturday evening in the first national election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State group. The vote — the fourth since the 2003 U.S.-led toppling of Saddam Hussein — was marked by reports of low turnout and irregularities.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and PHILIP ISSA , Associated Press

Malaysia bars scandal-ridden ex-leader from leaving country

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new leader, Mahathir Mohamad, said Saturday that defeated scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife have been barred from leaving the country to prevent them from fleeing from possible prosecution over a massive corruption scandal.

  • Written by By EILEEN NG , Associated Press

Court rules Italy's Berlusconi can run for office again

ROME (AP) — A court in Italy has ruled that former three-time Premier Silvio Berlusconi is eligible to run for office again, nearly five years after a tax fraud conviction forced him to surrender his Senate seat and prevented him from being a candidate in national elections.

  • Written by By FRANCES D'EMILIO , Associated Press