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Nicaragua government, opposition to discuss prisoner release

Mar. 21, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government and opposition began negotiating Thursday how to carry out the release of hundreds of political prisoners arrested in the past year of unrest. President Daniel Ortega's government announced Wednesday it would free the prisoners within 90 days in exchange for...

Catalan yellow ribbon protest intrudes into Spanish election

Mar. 20, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A dispute between Spanish authorities and Catalan separatists over a yellow ribbon symbol is building into a hot issue ahead of Spain's general election next month. The independence-minded Catalan government has failed to obey an order from the country's electoral board to remove from the...

Nicaragua opposition demands conditions for resuming talks

Mar. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Opposition delegates to talks on resolving Nicaragua's political standoff said Tuesday they will not return to the table until the government shows "signs of goodwill" on demands such as the full release of hundreds considered political prisoners. Lawyer Azahalea Solis said...

Nicaragua releases 50 opposition prisoners amid negotiations

Mar. 15, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government said Friday it has released 50 opposition prisoners and placed them under a form of house arrest. The Interior Department said Friday the prisoners face charges of crimes against "the common security" or "public peace." The release was an apparent bow to a...

EU hits Nicaragua on rights, seeks sanctions as talks resume

Mar. 14, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The European Parliament approved a strongly worded resolution criticizing Nicaragua on human rights and calling for sanctions Thursday, as talks between President Daniel Ortega's government and the opposition resumed after being suspended over the weekend. The non-binding...

Congo president pardons about 700 political prisoners

Mar. 13, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi on Wednesday pardoned about 700 political prisoners who were jailed under his predecessor. Tshisekedi signed the decree, fulfilling a promise he made earlier this month to do so during his first 100 days in office. Among those set for release is...

Congo president Felix Tshisekedi pardons about 700 political prisoners jailed under predecessor

Mar. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo president Felix Tshisekedi pardons about 700 political prisoners jailed under predecessor.

Turkish, Israeli name-calling covers 'tyrant' to 'dictator'

Mar. 13, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest quarrel between the leaders of Turkey and Israel continued for a second day Wednesday as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "thief" and a "tyrant." Speaking at an election campaign rally, Erdogan called Netanyahu "the...

Nicaragua opposition leaves talks until prisoners released

Mar. 10, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The opposition Civic Alliance said Sunday that it will not return to talks with Nicaragua's government unless President Daniel Ortega's administration makes goodwill gestures like freeing prisoners. The coalition of student, business and civic groups said in a statement that it...

Iran cleric linked to 1988 mass executions to lead judiciary

Mar. 7, 2019 11:48 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A hard-line cleric once thought to be a possible successor to Iran's supreme leader was appointed head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary Thursday, sparking concern from rights activists over his involvement in the execution of thousands in the 1980s. Ebrahim Raisi was...