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  • Ugandan pop star, a government critic, faces military court

    A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda's government was charged with unlawful possession of firearms in a military court on Thursday for his alleged role in clashes in which the longtime president's motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones. The arrest of lawmaker Kyagulanyi...

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  • UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

    A special United Nations panel is urging Bahrain to immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab, describing him as the victim of government-sponsored "persecution" for his political views in the island kingdom. The statement by the U.N.'s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention comes...

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  • Ugandan pop star, government critic, to face military court

    A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda’s government was due to face a military court on Thursday for his alleged role in clashes in which the longtime president’s motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones.

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  • Vietnam finds activist guilty of anti-government charges

    A court in central Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 20 years in prison after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the Communist government.

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  • UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

    A special United Nations panel is urging Bahrain to immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab, describing him as the victim of government-sponsored “persecution” for his political views in the island kingdom.

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  • Exiled jurists symbolically sentence Maduro to 18 years

    A panel of self-exiled Venezuelan judges holding a symbolic trial found President Nicolas Maduro guilty of corruption Wednesday and sentenced him to more than 18 years in prison.

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  • In defiant act, Brazil party registers Lula for president

    The Workers’ Party registered jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as its candidate for president Wednesday, attempting to muscle him into the race to lead Latin America’s largest nation and forcing a showdown with Brazilian electoral authorities.

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  • Exiled jurists symbolically sentence Maduro to 18 years

    A panel of self-exiled Venezuelan judges holding a symbolic trial in Colombia has found President Nicolas Maduro guilty of corruption and sentenced him to more than 18 years in prison.

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  • Backers of Brazil’s Lula rally on filing day for candidacy

    Thousands of supporters of jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva rallied Wednesday outside the court in Brazil’s capital where his party planned to register his candidacy for president later in the day.

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  • New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe

    Amnesty International's new leader said Wednesday his first act is writing to Zimbabwe's next president about the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara: "Whoever leads the new government must move to undo the injustices of the past." Kumi Naidoo, a South African-born former anti-apartheid...

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  • Cubs' Ben Zobrist ejected after lobbying for robo-umps

    Ben Zobrist figured plate umpire Phil Cuzzi was going to give him the boot regardless, so the Chicago Cubs veteran didn't hold back during his first career ejection. Zobrist told Cuzzi he would prefer an "electronic strike zone" before being ejected in the eighth inning of Chicago's 7-0...

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  • Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston 'honor killings'

    A Jordanian immigrant was sentenced to death on Tuesday after being convicted in what prosecutors described as the honor killings of his daughter's American husband and an Iranian women's rights activist in Texas. Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan was found guilty of capital murder last month in the...

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  • Ex-Pilot Flying J president gets sentencing delay

    The former president of the nation's largest fuel retailer has been given a delay in sentencing for his conviction in a scheme to defraud trucking companies. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports an August sentencing hearing for former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood was...

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  • In Haiti, slight progress for LGBT rights is seen as victory

    Yaisah Val recently came out publicly as a transgender woman on YouTube, a potentially risky move in a country like Haiti where LGBT residents face pervasive hostility in most spheres of public life. Two proposed anti-LGBT laws are pending in Parliament. The major churches are firm in their...

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  • Hong Kong activist speaks to foreign press, defying Beijing

    An activist who promotes independence for Hong Kong has given a speech to foreign journalists whose association defied the Chinese government's demand to cancel the event. The Chinese government had demanded the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong cancel Tuesday's talk by Andy Chan of...

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  • Lawmakers impeach all 4 W.Va. court justices over spending

    West Virginia lawmakers completed the extraordinary move of impeaching all four state Supreme Court justices Monday night for spending issues, including a suspended justice facing a 23-count federal indictment. The state House of Delegates voted to impeach Justice Allen Loughry on eight...

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  • Activist compares Beijing’s rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

    A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing’s rule as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists’ association that defied the Chinese government’s demand to cancel the event.

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  • Now with power to long rule China, Xi beset by challenges

    As China’s leaders gather for their annual Yellow Sea retreat, the country’s political waters are looking choppy.

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  • Argentina's Fernandez denies charges in corruption case

    Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is denying any wrongdoing following recent accusations that she was responsible for a corruption scheme involving public works contracts. Fernandez said in a written statement presented to a federal court Monday that the accusations are false...

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  • Argentina’s Fernandez denies charges in corruption case

    Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is denying any wrongdoing following recent accusations that she was responsible for a corruption scheme involving public works contracts.

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  • Clues but no answers in one of Syria war's biggest mysteries

    Razan Zaitouneh earned enemies on all sides of her homeland's civil war. One of Syria's most well-known rights activists, she was bold, outspoken and defiantly secular. Perhaps most dangerously, she was impartial. She chanted in protests against President Bashar Assad, but was also...

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  • Clues but no answers in one of Syria war’s biggest mysteries

    Razan Zaitouneh earned enemies on all sides of her homeland’s civil war.

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  • Kenya president urges citizens to arrest the corrupt

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is urging the nation's young people to make citizen's arrests of those suspected of corruption, a vice that is endemic in the country. Critics have called Kenyatta's regime the most corrupt of the four leaders that Kenya has had since gaining independence...

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  • Kenya president urges citizens to arrest the corrupt

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is urging the nation’s young people to make citizen’s arrests of those suspected of corruption, a vice that is endemic in the country.

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