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Nepal’s top judge suspended after impeachment motion filed

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s first female Supreme Court chief justice was suspended after an impeachment motion was filed in Parliament accusing her of bias and interfering with executive powers. Sushila Karki, who held one of the highest positions ever held by a woman in Nepal, was suspended automatically after …

Venezuela formally notifies OAS it will leave amid protests

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its embattled government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners. Venezuelan interim ambassador Carmen Velasquez submitted a letter …

Monitor: Turkish internet users unable to access Wikipedia

ISTANBUL (AP) — An internet censorship-monitoring network says Turkey has blocked Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia. Turkey Blocks, which calls itself an independent “digital transparency project,” said users in Turkey have been unable to access all language editions of Wikipedia since Saturday morning. “The loss of availability is consistent with …

Top official’s son calls out his dad as Venezuela quits OAS

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The son of Venezuela’s top human rights official is urging his father to prevent further bloodshed tied to anti-government street clashes as officials defy international criticism by withdrawing from the Organization of American States. Yibram Saab said in an online video that he attended an opposition …

Russia asked to end alleged killings of gays in Chechnya

MOSCOW (AP) — International organizations on Thursday urged the Russian government to investigate the reported abuse and killings of gay men in Russia’s southern republic of Chechnya. The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported earlier this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya have rounded up more …

University student killed in Venezuela opposition protest

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday were investigating the death of a university student killed by gunfire at a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, as opposition leaders mapped out their next steps to push for new elections and government officials held a gathering to drum up state support. …