The Latest: UN chief urges restraint for Bolivians
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the situation in Bolivia, where Evo Morales resigned the presidency Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed election.
Spokesman Stephane Dujarric says in a Spanish-language statement that Guterres “urges all relevant parties to refrain from violence, reduce tensions and exercise maximum restraint.”
Three Bolivians have been killed and more than 100 injured during clashes among opponents and supporters of Morales since the Oct. 20 election, which he claimed to have won.
The statement adds that Guterres urges Bolivians “to commit to seek a peaceful solution to the current crisis and to ensure transparent and credible elections.”
Morales resigned soon after the release of an Organization of American States audit that reported irregularities in the vote count.
Hong Kong protester appears shot by police in online video
HONG KONG (AP) — A video posted online in Hong Kong shows police shooting at least one protester as demonstrators disrupted the morning rush hour.
A police officer collars one protester and then shoots another who approaches in the video posted on Facebook on Monday by online video outlet Cupid Producer.
The shooting occurred in a crosswalk at a large intersection strewn with debris that had backed-up traffic.
The officer also fires at a third protester who approached. It was unclear if the protester was hit.
In memoir, Haley alleges disloyalty among some on Trump team
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley , alleges in her upcoming memoir that two top administration officials tried to enlist her in opposing some of Trump’s policies.
Haley writes that then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and then-White House chief of staff John Kelly were following a “dangerous path.”
In her book, “With All Due Respect,” Haley describes a meeting with Tillerson and Kelly, both of whom had differed with Trump on pulling out of the Paris climate accords and other decisions.
Haley writes that Tillerson and Kelly believed they were trying to “save the country,” but she remembers thinking they were only trying to impose their own beliefs.
“I was shocked,” she writes.
Haley’s book comes out Tuesday. The Associated Press purchased an early copy.
The Latest: Spanish interim PM seeks support to end deadlock
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s interim prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has called on political opponents to be “responsible” and “generous” by allowing a Socialist-led government to end the monthslong political deadlock.
With 96% of the votes counted, the Socialists won 120 seats, down three seats from the last election in April and still far from the absolute majority of 176 needed to form a government alone.
Celebrating that his party came first in Sunday’s national election, Sánchez vowed to begin the work Monday of clearing the stalemate that had brought Spaniards to the polls for the fourth time in four years.
He also told supporters that “we extend this call to all the political parties except those that … plant the seeds of hate in our democracy.” His reference hinted at the far-right and possibly also at separatist Catalan parties.
Amnesty calls for urgent end to ‘bloodbath’ in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — Amnesty International is calling on Iraqi authorities to immediately rein in security forces after at least six protesters were killed in central Baghdad amid a widening security crackdown.
The deaths, including five by live ammunition, occurred a day earlier during a police operation to clear demonstrations from several bridges and streets near Tahrir Square. In the southern city of Basra, eight protesters have been killed since Thursday.
Amnesty International said there has been at least 264 protester deaths across Iraq in just over a month and called it a “bloodbath.”
The statement called on authorities to end the “unlawful use of lethal force” and said those responsible for it must be brought to justice.
The leaderless, economically driven protests engulfing Baghdad and the south are targeting Iraq’s entire political class.
OBIT-KAISER PERMANENTE CEO
Kaiser Permanente CEO Tyson dies unexpectedly at 60
Health care provider Kaiser Permanente says its chairman and CEO, Bernard Tyson, has died unexpectedly at the age of 60.
No other details were provided in the company’s announcement, which said that Tyson died in his sleep early Sunday.
The board of directors has named Executive Vice President Gregory Adams as interim chairman and CEO.
Executive Committee Chair Edward Pei says Tyson was “an exceptional colleague, a passionate leader and an honorable man.”
Iran’s president says new oil field with 50B barrels found
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president says a new oil field has been discovered with an estimated 50 billion barrels of crude oil in the country’s south.
The announcement by President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday would mean Iran’s proven crude oil reserves would be boosted by a third. Right now, Iran says it has some 150 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves.
He said the discovered field was located in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province.
Rouhani made the announcement Sunday in a speech in the desert city of Yazd.
Iran’s energy industry has been hard-hit by U.S. sanctions over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.
TRUMP IMPEACHMENT-TV IMPACT
Watergate redux? Trump impeachment inquiry heads for live TV
Back in 1973, tens of millions of Americans tuned in to what Variety called “the hottest daytime soap opera” — the Senate Watergate hearings.
They eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
By some estimates, more than 80% of Americans tuned in to at least part of the Watergate telecasts. Seeing the witnesses lay out the case against Nixon moved public opinion decidedly in favor of impeachment.
But this time may be different.
When the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump begins its public phase on Wednesday, people will be watching on screens large and small. Many are likely to be watching on more than one screen, with real-time reinforcement of their views about Trump on social media platforms and other venues that didn’t exist in Nixon’s time.
Justices take up high-profile case over young immigrants
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation. It’s a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign.
All eyes will be on Chief Justice John Roberts when the court hears arguments Tuesday. Roberts is the conservative justice closest to the court’s center who’s also keenly aware of public perceptions of an ideologically divided court.
It’s the third time in three years the administration is asking the justices to rescue a controversial policy that’s been blocked by lower courts.
The program at issue is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Obama-era program aimed to bring out of the shadows people who’ve been in the U.S. since they were children and are in the country illegally.
The Latest: Judge orders Najib to enter defense in 1MDB case
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian judge says the prosecution has made an abuse of power case against ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak in his first corruption trial linked to the massive looting at the 1MDB state investment fund.
High Court Judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali was continuing to read his ruling in court Monday. If the judge calls for Najib to present his defense, the trial would resume at a later date.
The trial involves seven graft charges related to 42 million ringgit ($10.1 million) that allegedly went into Najib’s bank accounts from a former unit of the 1MDB fund.
Najib is charged in four other cases in the scandal that led to his shocking election ouster last year. His wife, several officials from his government, and the U.S. bank Goldman Sachs face charges.