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Congo court annuls sentence for exiled opposition leader

Apr. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A lawyer for Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi says a court has annulled his three-year prison sentence, enabling him to return from exile in Belgium. The Court of Cassation, or supreme court of appeals, made the judgment Friday, saying that Katumbi can enter Congo a free man....

Catalan separatist holds press conference from prison

Apr. 18, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A leading politician in Catalonia's independence movement has held a news conference in an unusual setting — the Madrid prison where he is being held while standing trial for the region's secession effort. Jordi Sanchez, the main candidate for the Together for Catalonia coalition in...

Myanmar leader pardons 9,500 prisoners but not 2 reporters

Apr. 17, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 9,500 prisoners were ordered released Wednesday in Myanmar under a presidential amnesty, but they did not include two Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters reporters. The Facebook page of the Office of President Win Myint said he signed a pardon for 9,551 prisoners, including 16...

Nicaragua police deny permit for protest anniversary march

Apr. 16, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's national police denied a permit request Tuesday for a march to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the start of anti-government protests, setting up a possible conflict with the opposition, which has called for the march to go on. The police said the request did...

Sudan's protesters voice optimism after talks with army

Apr. 15, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese protesters on Monday welcomed the "positive steps" taken by the ruling military council, which held talks with opposition leaders over the weekend and released some political prisoners. The praise came despite a brief incident earlier Monday in which activists said soldiers attempted...

Bishop asks Nicaraguans to 'fight for freedom' in speech

Apr. 14, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The auxiliary bishop of Nicaragua's capital, a vocal critic of the government of President Daniel Ortega, urged Nicaraguans to "fight for freedom" Sunday, in a final message before being transferred to Rome at the request of Pope Francis. Silvio Báez drew parallels between...

Pope kisses feet of South Sudan's leaders to encourage peace

Apr. 11, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's faltering peace process. At the close a two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope asked...

Red Cross regains entry to Venezuela jails, military prisons

Apr. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to counter mounting criticism of his...

Lobbyist who cooperated in Russia probe asks for probation

Apr. 8, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington political consultant initially ensnared in the special counsel's Russia investigation is asking a federal judge to spare him from prison time for unregistered lobbying and participating in a foreign donation scheme involving President Donald Trump's inaugural committee. W....

Protest and celebration in Brazil on Lula prison anniversary

Apr. 7, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of people chanting "Free Lula!" protested Sunday outside the jail where former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva is being held on the anniversary of his incarceration, but other Brazilians staged rallies across the country to celebrate the crackdown on corruption that has...