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Death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda days after 1973 coup should be reinvestigated, court rules

Feb. 21, 2024 01:47 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The death of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda days after Chile's 1973 military coup should be reinvestigated, an appeals court ruled Tuesday, saying new steps could help clarify what killed the poet. Last December, a judge rejected a request by Neruda's nephew to...

A prayer for Evita: Here's why many Argentines are devoted to a first lady who died in 1952

Feb. 19, 2024 16:04 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Early every morning, just as she reaches her workplace at a labor union in Buenos Aires, Ángeles Celerier heads to the chapel and prays to Saint Cajetan, Saint Teresa and Eva Perón. Perón — unlike the others — has not been canonized by the...

How Thailand's Thaksin Shinawatra went from prime minister to fugitive abroad and back home again

Feb. 19, 2024 09:04 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thaksin Shinawatra, the billionaire former prime minister of Thailand, made a dramatic return home after more than a decade of self-imposed exile. He was detained in a hospital for six months and on Sunday, Thaksin was released on parole for corruption-related...

Thai ex-Prime Minister Thaksin is free on parole, but can he restore his old political luster?

Feb. 18, 2024 23:32 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the Southeast Asian nation’s most controversial politician for more than two decades, was released on parole early Sunday from a Bangkok hospital where he spent six months serving time for corruption-related offenses. ...

Jailed former Thai PM Thaksin gets parole, capping a reconciliation with military that ousted him

Feb. 13, 2024 03:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who last year returned from more than a decade of self-imposed exile to serve a prison sentence for misdeeds committed while in office, has been granted parole and could be released this weekend, the country’s justice...

Brazil police investigate ex-President Bolsonaro's top aides over alleged coup plot

Feb. 08, 2024 15:01 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police on Thursday searched homes and offices of former President Jair Bolsonaro’s top aides in an investigation alleging they plotted a coup and that the ex-president was aware of the plan, court documents showed. The alleged plot in the event...

After coups, West African nations hurry to leave the regional bloc that opposed military takeovers

Feb. 08, 2024 14:21 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The coup-hit nations of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger are in haste to quit West Africa’s regional bloc without following its rules of exit, the body said Thursday as its ministers met to deliberate on growing division and political tension in the region. At...

West African bloc asks Senegal to reverse the presidential election delay that's caused an uproar

Feb. 06, 2024 14:39 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities in Senegal should hold the presidential election this month as scheduled instead of delaying it by 10 months, West Africa’s regional bloc said Tuesday, as the United Nations human rights office expressed concern about the unprecedented decision in one of...

Thai prosecutors say former Prime Minister Thaksin is being investigated for royal defamation

Feb. 06, 2024 07:02 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — State prosecutors in Thailand said Tuesday they have revived an investigation into whether former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra almost nine years ago violated the law against defaming the monarch, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Thaksin had been...

9 UN Security Council members urge a halt to airstrikes by Myanmar's military

Feb. 06, 2024 01:44 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine members of the United Nations Security Council condemned “indiscriminate” airstrikes by Myanmar's military against civilians before an envoy briefed the council Monday as part of regional efforts to implement a peace plan that has so far been largely ineffective. ...