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Mozambique blames extremist rebels for videos of atrocities

Sep. 15, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — In response to widely circulated videos showing men in Mozambican army uniforms torturing and killing unarmed civilians, Interior Minister Amade Miquidade said the footage may have been filmed by Islamic extremist rebels trying to discredit government forces. Miquidade was...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Sep. 9, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Sept. 9 The Decatur Daily on Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announcing plans to move forward with state leasing of three privately built mega prisons that would begin construction next year: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is proceeding with plans to build three new mega-prisons....

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 on Maduro, saying he deserves no praise for releasing a few political prisoners ahead of a congressional election when many more remain unjustly jailed. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Washington says pardons by Venezuela's Maduro are token acts

Sep. 1, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro should not be praised for releasing a few political opponents ahead of a congressional election, when many more opposition activists remain in jail. “Restoring constitutional rights that...

A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela's Maduro pardons dozens of political opponents

Aug. 31, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government said Monday that it had pardoned more than 100 people, including dozens of political opponents who are in prison, have taken refuge in foreign embassies in Caracas or fled the country. The move comes ahead of congressional elections set for Dec. 6 that...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus ride an escalator as they arrive at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.South Korea counted its 11th straight day of triple-digit daily jumps in coronavirus cases Monday and health officials pleaded for people to follow guidelines or risk further restrictions or strains on hospitals. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea closes schools in greater capital area

Aug. 24, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is closing schools and switching back to remote learning in the greater capital area as the country counted its 12th straight day of triple-digit daily increases in coronavirus cases. Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae said Tuesday that at least 193 students and teachers were found...

Two survivors who did not wish to be identified show their wounds which they said were inflicted by government soldiers in June, in Fada N'gourma town in Burkina Faso Thursday, July 9, 2020. Burkina Faso's military is facing growing accusations that soldiers have tortured and killed civilians accused of aiding Islamic extremists and analysts say the ill-equipped and under-trained army is scrambling to stem the spread of jihadist violence that's ravaging the West African country. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Burkina Faso army blamed for extrajudicial torture, deaths

Aug. 24, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Huddled on the floor in a dimly lit room, one by one the five men displayed wounds they say were inflicted by government soldiers armed with wooden planks, knives and electric cables. A 30-year-old recounted how a soldier held a cigarette lighter to his face while holding...

Groups: Muslim detainees at Miami facility are served pork

Aug. 20, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Immigrant rights advocates say that Muslim detainees at a Florida facility are being served meals that include pork in violation of their religious beliefs. The human rights groups Muslim Advocates and Americans for Immigrant Justice, along with a law firm, sent a letter to the U.S. Department...

FILE - This photo taken July 5, 2016, shows Amer Fakhoury, owner of Little Lebanon To Go restaurant in Dover, N.H. Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied, died Monday,  Aug. 17, 2020, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He had been diagnosed with State 4 lymphoma while in prison.  (John Huff/Foster's Daily Democrat via AP, File)

American released from Lebanon after jailed for months dies

Aug. 18, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Amer Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied died Monday, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in...

American released from Lebanon after jailed for months dies

Aug. 17, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Amer Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied died Monday, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in...

FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo, Iran's national flag waves as Milad telecommunications tower and buildings are seen in Tehran, Iran. A British-Australian academic serving a 10-year sentence for espionage in Iran has been moved to a notorious prison where concerns for her well-being have escalated, the Australian government confirmed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

British-Australian academic moved to notorious Iran prison

Jul. 29, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A British-Australian academic serving a 10-year sentence for espionage in Iran has been moved to a notorious prison where concerns for her well-being have escalated, the Australian government confirmed Wednesday. Kylie Moore-Gilbert was a Melbourne University lecturer on Middle...