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Maldives court annuls ex-VP's conviction in boat explosion

May. 20, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — A Maldives court on Monday set aside the conviction and 15-year prison term given the former vice president on allegations he conspired to assassinate former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The High Court annulled the Criminal Court's conviction of Ahmed Adeeb and ordered a new...

The Latest: Austria to see early election after scandal

May. 18, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on Austrian politics (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a prospective Russian investor. Kurz...

Austrian leader calls an early election amid video scandal

May. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called Saturday for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a prospective Russian investor. Kurz said he would ask President Alexander Van der Bellen to set...

Gunmen kill prominent politician-union leader in Mexico

May. 12, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials say an 83-year-old union leader and former federal senator has been assassinated in central Mexico. The Guanajuato state prosecutor's office has issued a statement promising to deploy all the resources necessary to investigate Saturday's killing of Gilberto Muñoz Mosqueda....

2 Russian spies sentenced in Montenegro in coup attempt

May. 9, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A Montenegro court on Thursday sentenced two Russian military intelligence operatives and 11 others to up to 15 years in prison for plotting to overthrow the Balkan country's government and prevent it from joining NATO. The two Russians, identified as Eduard Shishmakov and...

Pakistani woman acquitted of blasphemy headed to Canada

May. 8, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, but who still faced death threats from Islamic extremists upon her release, flew to Canada on Wednesday to join her daughters, Pakistani officials and others involved in the case said. Aasia Bibi...

Former French PM Fillon and wife to stand corruption trial

Apr. 23, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Investigating judges have ordered that former Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his wife stand trial on corruption charges, a judicial official said on Tuesday. Fillon, who served as prime minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 to 2012, was at one point the front-runner in...

Armed border group's leader said to have assassination plans

Apr. 22, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The leader of an armed group that has been detaining asylum-seeking families from Central America near the Mexican border said two years ago that he was training supporters to assassinate Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and billionaire Democratic supporter George Soros, according to a...

India's Congress party chief files election nomination

Apr. 10, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

AMETHI, India (AP) — Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous modern political dynasty, filed nomination papers in the family stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state, hoping to hold onto a key seat for a fourth consecutive time in national elections that begin Thursday....

25 years after genocide, Rwanda's Kagame is praised, feared

Apr. 9, 2019 4:58 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A quarter-century after Rwanda's brutal genocide, President Paul Kagame remains a constant figure atop the country's politics, feted by those who say it needs his visionary leadership and loathed by others who see a firm authoritarian with a malicious streak. Kagame is so...