Latest Political assassinations News

2 ex-cops arrested in killing of black Brazilian politician

Mar. 12, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Authorities arrested two former police officers Tuesday in the killing of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, a brazen assassination that shocked Brazilians and sparked protests in several countries. The arrests in Rio came two days before the anniversary of...

Hinckley says he's happy 'as a clam' but lacks close friends

Mar. 5, 2019 8:02 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan told mental health professionals last year that he's "happy as a clam" living with his mother and older brother in Virginia. John Hinckley Jr. anonymously sells books online as well as items at an antique mall. He plays guitar and...

AP Explains: Pakistan-based militant group sparks tensions

Feb. 28, 2019 11:35 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — When a suicide bomber blew himself up in India's insurgency-wracked Kashmir region on Feb. 14, killing more than 40 soldiers, the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad was quick to take responsibility. The Pakistan-based group's attack sent tensions soaring between the two nuclear-armed...

Sri Lanka court frees Indian cleared in assassination plot

Feb. 27, 2019 1:32 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A magistrate on Wednesday acquitted an Indian man who was detained for five months over an alleged plot to kill Sri Lanka's president after police cleared the man of wrongdoing. Police investigators informed the Colombo Magistrate court Wednesday that there was no evidence to...

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

Feb. 20, 2019 9:58 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Hisham Barakat, the first assassination of a...

Slain Iraqi novelist criticized foreign meddling, militias

Feb. 6, 2019 11:20 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub was a secular civil society activist who used his bike to get around Karbala's infamous traffic and road closures. He was also an outspoken critic of foreign interference in Iraq and political meddling by powerful Iran-backed militias. On Saturday, Mashzoub was...

Poland's political divide widens more after mayor is slain

Feb. 2, 2019 10:39 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krzysztof Strzemeski watched with unease as a high school friend voiced support for Poland's nationalist government on social media, followed by hate-filled extremist posts. But when the liberal mayor of Gdansk was stabbed to death in public in January, he could no longer hold back...

The Latest: Pence praises DEA help in convict Maduro allies

Feb. 1, 2019 5:50 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6.35 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has congratulated the Drug Enforcement Administration for helping bring drug trafficking convictions against several members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's family...

Peruvian emigre gives US voice to Venezuela hard-liners

Jan. 31, 2019 12:51 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — An emigre who once fled a right-wing strongman in Peru has made his U.S.-based television program a forum for hardline opponents of Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro — including some who are quite ready for the shedding of blood. "I am a conspirator in favor of freedom,"...