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  • Rwanda opposition leader says she was barred from traveling

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A prominent Rwandan opposition leader said Friday that authorities barred her from leaving the East African nation this week to receive a human rights award in Spain. “I wrote a letter to the minister of justice requesting permission to travel but the minister didn’t reply as usual. It’s unfortunate,” Victoire Ingabire […]
  • Report: Burundi’s youth militia runs pre-vote extortion ring

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burundi’s ruling party is using its feared youth militia to extort money from citizens for next year’s elections, Human Rights Watch asserted Friday. The Imbonerakure youth militia, which the United Nations has blamed for killings, disappearances, torture and gang rape, has been extracting funds from the population of the East African nation, […]
  • Dutch judge orders Nigerian piracy suspect held for 2 weeks

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Nigerian man suspected of hijacking a Dutch-flagged freight ship has been handed over to Dutch authorities by South Africa and ordered jailed for two weeks while investigations continue, prosecutors said Friday. The 29-year-old, whose identity was not released, is suspected of involvement in the hijacking of the FWN Rapide, […]
  • Greek authorities suspect arson in Athens hotel fire

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece said Friday that arson is suspected in a fire at a luxury hotel in Athens that left three people hospitalized and had the fire department scrambling to evacuate guests and staff. Both police and fire department investigators suspect the fire the Athenaeum Palace on Thursday was deliberately set, […]
  • NATO researchers: Social media failing to stop manipulation

    LONDON (AP) — Social media companies are failing to stop manipulated activity, according to a report Friday by NATO-affiliated researchers who said they were easily able to buy tens of thousands of likes, comments and views on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Most of the phony accounts and the activity they engaged in remained online […]
  • Nobel laureate Handke strikes out at questioners

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize laureate Peter Handke has lashed out against journalists asking about his views on the wars in former Yugoslavia. Handke has been widely criticized as an apologist for Serbian war crimes during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In a news conference Friday ahead of next week’s prize award ceremony, Handke bristled […]
  • Victims of London Bridge attack discharged from hospital

    LONDON (AP) — Three people injured in the London Bridge attack have been sent home after receiving medical treatment as more details emerged on the stabbings. Dr. Vin Diwakar, medical director for the National Health Service in London, said Friday that the victims of the attack were recovering and that the last patient had been […]
  • Demonstrators besiege Pakistan newspaper 2nd time in a week

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of protesters briefly besieged the office of a well-known independent newspaper in Islamabad, chanting slogans against the editor and staff and setting fire to copies of the paper before fleeing. Friday’s protest was the second incident this week at the offices of the English-language Dawn newspaper. It comes a day after […]
  • Gas explosion in Slovakia tower block kills 5, injures 40

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A gas explosion in an apartment building in eastern Slovakia killed at least five people and injured more than 40 Friday. Firefighters rescued people trapped in the building, which officials said is still in danger of collapse. The explosion occurred toward the top of the 12-story building in the city of […]
  • Governor of Nairobi arrested while fleeing graft charges

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s anti-corruption commission says the governor of Nairobi has been arrested while trying to flee prosecution for alleged money laundering and other crimes. The commission said Friday on Twitter that Mike Mbuvi was detained in the southern town of Voi. It shared a video showing him wearing just one shoe and […]