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In this photo taken Friday, March 9, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into the former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders. The official Xinhua News Agency cited the party as saying Tuesday, July 29, 2014 it is investigating Zhou for serious violations of party discipline, but did not provide details. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Ex-security czar under graft probe in China

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BEIJING — China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the 1981 treason trial of Mao Zedong’s wife … 0

GOP’s Baker raises more money than all rivals

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker is not only leading every other candidate in the fundraising race for governor, but his financial support is also deeper across a wider swath of Massachusetts than any of his rivals. A review of campaign finance records by The Associated Press shows Baker has received contributions of more … 0

Warren energizes progressives in Michigan

Friday, July 18, 2014

DETROIT — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton could help them hang onto the White House. Warren, whose tough-on-Wall-Street message makes progressives swoon, … 0

State GOP pushes back on indexed gasoline tax

Monday, May 26, 2014

BOSTON — Critics of a law that allows for automatic increases in the state’s gasoline tax have pounced on the issue with the hope of pushing it to the forefront of the election year debate. Republicans, currently shut out of statewide offices and heavily outnumbered in the Legislature, … 0

Far right, Euroskeptics make big gains in EU vote

Sunday, May 25, 2014

BRUSSELS — Far-right and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday — triggering what one prime minister called a political “earthquake” by those who want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish … 0

Exit polls: Candy tycoon elected Ukraine president

Sunday, May 25, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Exit polls suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko was elected president Sunday in the first round of balloting in the bitterly divided country, and he vowed “to bring peace to the Ukrainian land.” The billionaire who … 0

Patrick adds staff, expands political reach

Thursday, May 22, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is adding staff to his political action committee and wading into campaigns in Texas and Georgia as he expands his national political reach. Patrick on Thursday said longtime aide and current chief of staff in the governor’s office — Brendan Ryan — … 0

David Vacchi will not seek recount in 16-vote Belchertown School Committee election loss

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — David Vacchi, the third-place finisher in a three-way race for School Committee, changed his mind about seeking a recount after learning of the procedure he would have to go through in order to have the results reconsidered. Michael Knapp and Dawn French, the two top vote-getters … 0

Iraq’s al-Maliki closes in on third term

Monday, May 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved closer to winning a third term Monday as his Shiite-dominated political bloc emerged firmly in first place in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011. … 0

Ralph Nader scheduled to discuss new book, political alliances in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, May 15, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ralph Nader, four-time presidential candidate, consumer advocate and author, is scheduled to appear in Shelburne Falls next month to talk about his new book and his ideas for getting conservatives and progressives to work together for common goals. Nader’s newest book is called “Unstoppable: The … 0

Granby seeks $363,000 override for trash collection in Monday’s election

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GRANBY — Voters Monday will be asked to approve a $363,041 Proposition 2½ property tax override to pay for the first year of a new waste-collection program approved at a special Town Meeting in April. In the town election that takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. … 0

Clinton camp raps Rove over health insinuations

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — An aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton and the White House pushed back Tuesday against Republican strategist Karl Rove for suggesting that the former secretary of state’s health could be an issue if she runs for president … 0

France wants to redraw map, merge regions to save money

Monday, May 12, 2014

PARIS — France’s administrative regions — Normandy, Alsace, Burgundy, etc. — have long been part of the identity of citizens of this diverse country. Now, merging some of them is seen as a logical way to save money … 0