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'Justice wasn't served': 50 years since Chappaquiddick

Jul. 16, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The crash ended a young woman's life, and with it, a man's White House dreams. U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's Oldsmobile sedan veered off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, an extension of the resort island of Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast, and plunged into a moonlit...

South Africa's ex-president denies corruption at inquest

Jul. 15, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has denied corruption allegations against him, saying the charges are part of an international intelligence conspiracy that started more than 25 years ago to assassinate his character. Zuma is appearing before a state commission that is probing...

Internet restored in Ethiopia 10 days after assassinations

Jul. 2, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has begun restoring internet access Tuesday, 10 days after it was cut following the assassinations of six top government officials. On June 22, attackers shot and killed the Amhara governor and two other officials. On the same night in Addis Ababa, the country's army...

Death of Venezuelan navy captain draws US condemnation

Jun. 30, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration joined Venezuelan opposition leaders on Sunday in blasting the death of a Venezuelan navy captain hours after he had appeared in court on suspicion of plotting to assassinate President Nicolás Maduro, bearing what his attorney says were signs of...

Navy captain's death in custody sparks outrage in Venezuela

Jun. 29, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition is denouncing what it calls the murder of a navy captain who died in custody after he was arrested on suspicion of plotting to assassinate President Nicolás Maduro Corvette Capt. Rafael Acosta died early Saturday hours after his wife and lawyer said he...

Ethiopia's leader appointed spy chief as new head of army

Jun. 28, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Six days after the assassination of Ethiopia's army chief, the prime minister has appointed the country's spy chief as the late general's successor. Gen. Adem Mohammed is the new army chief, announced Prime minister Abiy Ahmed's office Friday. He replaces the general who was...

Uruguay protests role of Venezuela's opposition at gathering

Jun. 27, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A representative for Uruguay walked out of a meeting of regional countries in Latin America on Thursday leading a protest over the participation of diplomats appointed by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Guaidó and President Nicolás Maduro have been locked...

Venezuela gov't says it thwarted plot seeking to kill Maduro

Jun. 26, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials said Wednesday they foiled a plot to overthrow the government that included assassinating President Nicolás Maduro and his closest political allies. Maduro spokesman Jorge Rodríguez said on state television that a network of mostly retired police...

Ethiopian leader sobs at service for slain military chief

Jun. 25, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sobbed openly at a service Tuesday for the country's military chief who was assassinated by his bodyguard over the weekend. Abiy's sweeping reforms since his election last year have been threatened by two violent attacks on Saturday in which...

Plotter of failed Ethiopia coup killed, 182 others arrested

Jun. 24, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian army general accused of leading a failed coup in a restive northern region was killed Monday in a firefight with security forces amid a security crackdown in which more than 180 others have been arrested. Brig. Gen. Asamnew Tsige was killed on the outskirts of...