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In Brazil, president's son questions democracy

Sep. 10, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like father, like son? A son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has caused a stir by questioning democracy in Latin America's biggest country, which emerged from a two-decade military dictatorship in 1985. "The transformation that Brazil wants will not happen at the speed we are...

Brazil's Bolsonaro praises 1973 military coup in Chile

Sep. 4, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday criticized U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, a former Chilean president, by praising the 1973 military coup that led to her father's death. Bolsonaro mentioned Bachelet's father Alberto, an air force officer who opposed Gen....

Appeals court rejects contractor's appeal in Abu Ghraib case

Aug. 26, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a contractor's request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of contributing to the torture of prisoners at Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison. Friday's unanimous ruling from the appeals court in Richmond could clear the path for the lawsuit against...

Family of Thai Muslim who died in army custody seeks justice

Aug. 26, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Relatives of a Muslim man who died after interrogation in Thai army custody said Monday they'll pursue justice to see if his death was caused by torture. Abdulloh Esomuso was arrested July 20 on suspicion of being a Muslim separatist insurgent and was found unconscious the next day in his...

Brazil court says amnesty law doesn't cover ex-soldier

Aug. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For the first time in Brazil, a federal appeals court has ruled that torture committed during the country's military dictatorship does not fall under an amnesty law. Lawyers said Wednesday's decision reverses a previous ruling based on Brazil's amnesty law, but could be overruled in...

Sri Lanka's feared wartime official now in presidential fray

Aug. 11, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was nominated as the Sri Lankan opposition's presidential candidate on Sunday, is a national hero to some for his role in ending the island nation's long civil war. But to his critics and victims of war and shadowy disappearances, he's a feared...

Lawyer: Iraqi refugees removing tethers to avoid deportation

Aug. 7, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Some Iraqi refugees in Michigan are removing GPS tethers to evade immigration officials and deportation before their court cases are heard, according to an attorney representing nearly two dozen refugees. Detroit-based lawyer Shanta Driver told The Detroit News that at least seven Iraqi...

US judge gives 'El Chapo' associate a 28-year prison term

Aug. 6, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago sentenced a former lieutenant to Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo " Guzman to 28 years in prison on Tuesday, imposing the long sentence even after rejecting claims by prosecutors that the trafficker offered street gang members $25,000 to hurt a star government...