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Turkish court rules to keep leading philanthropist in jail

Oct. 08, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday again ruled to keep a leading Turkish philanthropist in jail in defiance of repeated calls by Europe’s top human rights organization and its judiciary arm for his release. Businessman and civil rights activist Osman...

Guinea junta leader sworn in as president amid uncertainty

Oct. 01, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Coup leader Col. Mamady Doumbouya gave no timeline for holding new elections in Guinea as the junta swore him in as president on Friday, though he pledged not to run as a candidate once the vote is organized. Doumbouya's inauguration ceremony...

Sudanese officials say coup attempt failed, army in control

Sep. 21, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

Sudanese authorities reported a coup attempt Tuesday by a group of soldiers but said the attempt failed and the country's ruling council and military remain in control. The development underscored the fragility of Sudan’s path to democracy, more than two years after...

West Africa to impose bans, freeze assets of Guinea junta

Sep. 16, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — West African leaders have decided to impose travel bans and freeze financial assets of members of Guinea’s ruling junta and their families after a coup more than a week ago, according to the bloc known as ECOWAS. The decisions were announced...

Military junta opens talks over Guinea's future post-coup

Sep. 14, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's longtime opposition leaders voiced support Tuesday for the country's new military rulers as a four-day summit got under way that is aimed at charting the West African nation's future following a coup just over a week ago. Pressure,...

Thai Parliament approves election system charter change

Sep. 10, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Parliament on Friday approved a constitutional amendment changing how lawmakers are elected, a move expected to allocate more seats to big parties at the expense of smaller ones. The change, passed at a joint session of the House and Senate...

West African bloc to send delegation to Guinea after coup

Sep. 09, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A delegation of West African leaders is to travel to Guinea to meet with the junta that toppled President Alpha Conde in a coup earlier this week. Top officials of West Africa's influential economic bloc, ECOWAS, are expected to meet in Conakry, the...

Guinea junta releases dozens of political prisoners

Sep. 08, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's new military rulers have released dozens of political prisoners jailed by the previous civilian government, in a move likely to win them favor with the opposition that had protested against now-deposed President Alpha Conde. The 79...

EXPLAINER: Why is history repeating itself in Guinea's coup?

Sep. 07, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Many hoped that Guinea's landmark 2010 election would finally bring the West African country a democratic leader after decades of corrupt dictatorship. Instead President Alpha Conde decided to stick around for a third term, modifying the...

Warrants issued for 214 suspects in failed 2016 Turkish coup

Sep. 07, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 214 serving and former military personnel over alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt, the state-run news agency said Tuesday. The investigation, led by prosecutors in the western city of Izmir, had led...