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Jailed Venezuela activist dispels rumors of health emergency

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez rushed to Caracas’ military hospital late Wednesday seeking information on her husband after a report on social media said he had been taken there with a medical emergency — a scare that proved to be wrong. “Please, can …

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 …

Thai PM warns against protesting missing democracy plaque

BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand’s military government on Tuesday warned people against making a political issue of the vandalism of a plaque marking the country’s 1932 transition to democracy that was ripped and stolen from a public plaza. It was replaced by one celebrating the monarchy. Prime Minister …

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. …

Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to misdemeanors

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an investigation of his alleged affair with a top aide. In a remarkable fall, the mild-mannered 74-year-old Republican and one-time Baptist deacon stepped down as …

Venezuela opposition leader banned from running for office

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government has barred opposition leader Henrique Capriles — twice a major presidential candidate — from running for office for 15 years, a surprise move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movement Capriles read from excerpts of the comptroller general’s order at …