Prosecutors: Brazil’s Silva ‘commander’ of graft scheme
Latin America & the Caribbean

Prosecutors: Brazil’s Silva ‘commander’ of graft scheme

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian investigators on Wednesday charged former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with money laundering and corruption, calling him the “maximum commander” of the mammoth graft scandal roiling Latin America’s largest nation. While the charges against Silva were expected — police recommended them last month — the characterization of his … Continue reading

Hundreds detained, 3 dead in Gabon election protests
Africa

Hundreds detained, 3 dead in Gabon election protests

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon’s newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate’s party headquarters amid fiery protests that have seen three killed, hundreds detained and the internet blocked. The opposition quickly alleged election fraud after results announced Wednesday showed that a family dynasty stretching back to … Continue reading

Colombia, FARC rebels announce deal on bilateral cease-fire
International News / Latin America & the Caribbean / Politics

Colombia, FARC rebels announce deal on bilateral cease-fire

HAVANA (AP) — The Colombian government and leftist FARC rebels announced on Wednesday that they have reached a deal on a bilateral cease-fire that would be the last major step toward ending one of the world’s longest wars. Colombia’s conflict has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions since 1964. But a 15-year, U.S.-backed … Continue reading

Obama administration rushing to shrink ranks at Guantanamo
International News / Latin America & the Caribbean / Politics / U.S. News

Obama administration rushing to shrink ranks at Guantanamo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is running out of time and options to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, so officials are scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible and considering novel legal strategies that include allowing some men to strike plea deals by video-teleconference. Another option would be to send … Continue reading

Shadow of jailed ex-leader hangs over Peru election
Africa / Business / Featured / International News / Lifestyle

Shadow of jailed ex-leader hangs over Peru election

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The shadow of an imprisoned former president looms over Sunday’s Peru election, which has become in many ways a referendum on the legacy of Alberto Fujimori’s iron-handed rule in the 1990s. Many of the nation’s rural, indigenous poor have flocked to the support of his daughter Keiko, grateful for her father’s … Continue reading

Brazil interim gov’t under fire in wake of leaked recording
Business / Latin America & the Caribbean

Brazil interim gov’t under fire in wake of leaked recording

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s interim government came under fire Monday as a secret recording emerged of the new planning minister discussing a purported pact to push for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment to stall a huge corruption probe that has engulfed much of the nation’s political class. Even some allies of acting President Michel … Continue reading

Kenya: President has rally to celebrate ICC dropping charges
Africa / International News / Uncategorized

Kenya: President has rally to celebrate ICC dropping charges

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta held a rally Saturday April, 16. attended by thousands to celebrate the withdrawal of the crimes against humanity charges against him, his deputy president and others at the International Criminal Court. The rally was opposed by opposition leader Raila Odinga and some civic organizations who say it … Continue reading

Burundi: Official says 4 members of ruling party killed
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Burundi: Official says 4 members of ruling party killed

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A Burundi official said Sunday that four members of the country’s ruling party were killed in an attack in continuing violence associated with the extended tenure of President Pierre Nkurunziza. The attack was on supporters of the ruling party who had gathered for an environmental clean-up exercise, said Jerome Ntakarutimana, chief … Continue reading

Intl court dismisses case against Kenya’s deputy president
Africa / International News / Uncategorized

Intl court dismisses case against Kenya’s deputy president

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court terminated the case against Kenya’s deputy president and ended his trial Tuesday, saying there was insufficient evidence he was involved in deadly violence that erupted after his country’s 2007 presidential election. The presiding judge wrote in the majority decision that the reason for the lack of … Continue reading

Roanoke College Poll: Clinton, Trump hold leads in Virginia primary elections
Politics / Virginia

Roanoke College Poll: Clinton, Trump hold leads in Virginia primary elections

Days before its primary, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders (50%-33%), and Donald Trump leads the Republican field (Trump 38%, Cruz 15%, Rubio 13%) inVirginia, according to The Roanoke College Poll. The poll interviewed 466 likely Republican voters and 415 likely Democratic voters in Virginia between February 16 and 24 with a margin of error of +4.5 … Continue reading