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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 …

Carcassonne, France, offers castle-on-the-hill getaway

CARCASSONNE, France (AP) — Somewhere at the intersection of fantasy and history stands the medieval city of Carcassonne, a castle-on-the-hill getaway in the south of France. The Cite, as the walled-off hilltop section of Carcassonne is known, has been a strategically important hub for millennia. It was the stomping ground …

Who speaks for Islam and reform? Debate heats up in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — It was a startling collision of religion and politics. Egypt’s president proposed a new law that would prevent Muslim men from ending their marriages simply by saying “divorce” three times. The country’s top institution of Islamic clerics, Al-Azhar, bluntly rejected the idea, saying Islam gives men that …

Knights of Malta elect temporary leader for reform period

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The ancient Knights of Malta religious order on Saturday elected a temporary leader during a period of reform after the last grand master was effectively ousted by Pope Francis. The secret ballot by 56 knights eligible to vote means the order will continue a period of …

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 …

Artisans making preparations for Thai king’s funeral

NAKON PATHOM, Thailand (AP) — In a large workshop about an hour west of the Thai capital, fans ease the stultifying heat beating down on artisans hard at work fashioning ornate articles, large and small, to be used at the cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The work — weaving embroideries, …