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Nobel laureate Suu Kyi defends Myanmar army in genocide case

Dec. 11, 2019 11:24 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi denied Wednesday that Myanmar's armed forces committed genocide, telling the United Nation's top court that the mass exodus of Rohingya people from the country she leads was the unfortunate result of a...

Ukraine, Russia hope for progress after peace talks

Dec. 10, 2019 10:32 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday both hailed the outcome of peace talks in Paris even though they failed to solve the core issues blocking the resolution of the five-year separatist conflict in Ukraine's east. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy...

Separatists in eastern Ukraine ready for prisoner exchange

Dec. 10, 2019 6:58 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Separatists in eastern Ukraine say they are ready to swap prisoners with Kyiv in an exchange announced by the Russian and Ukrainian presidents after peace talks in Paris on Monday. At the first meeting between new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir...

Supporters greet Suriname president after conviction

Dec. 1, 2019 11:09 AM EST

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — More than 1,500 supporters welcomed Suriname President Desi Bouterse as he returned Sunday to the South American country just days after a court convicted him in the 1982 killings of 15 political opponents. Bouterse dismissed the 20-year prison sentence that he received on...

Peru’s Keiko Fujimori leaves prison after top court ruling

Nov. 29, 2019 10:52 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Supporters cheered late Friday as once-powerful opposition leader and two-time Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori left the prison where she had been held while being investigated for alleged corruption. Peru's Constitutional Tribunal approved her release. Smiling broadly, the...

AP Explains: What awaits Suriname’s convicted president?

Nov. 29, 2019 5:59 PM EST

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — A court in the South American country of Suriname has convicted President Desi Bouterse in the 1982 killings of 15 prominent political opponents and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The decision marks the end of a historic trial that began in 2007, the same year that...

Court convicts Suriname leader in killings of 15 opponents

Nov. 29, 2019 5:53 PM EST

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — A court in the South American country of Suriname convicted President Desi Bouterse on Friday in the 1982 killings of 15 political opponents and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The decision by a panel of three judges marks the end of a historic trial that began in November...

Nicaragua hunger strikers evacuated from church, end protest

Nov. 22, 2019 8:36 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A dozen people protesting inside a church and the parish priest were evacuated from the building Friday by the Nicaraguan Red Cross after nine days surrounded by police, relatives said. The demonstrators had been on a hunger strike to demand the release of loved ones they say are...

Nicaragua: Pro-government crowd attacks church parishioners

Nov. 21, 2019 9:13 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Political violence broke out at a Roman Catholic church in the Nicaraguan city of Masaya on Thursday as government sympathizers attacked parishioners with clubs, machetes and metal bars. The attack came after it became known that San Juan Bautista parish priest Harving Padilla...

Nicaragua files weapons charges against opposition activists

Nov. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Sixteen Nicaraguan opposition activists, including 13 social leaders who were arrested as they tried to deliver water to hunger strikers protesting the jailing of relatives they say are political prisoners, were charged Monday with allegedly transporting weapons. The charges,...