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Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption

Nadir Ahmed and Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:48am

A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a rehabilitation facility.

Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:46am

Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

North Korea says it conducted another ‘crucial test’ at its long-range rocket facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:35pm

North Korea says it conducted another ‘crucial test’ at its long-range rocket facility.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:40pm

A court in Sudan has convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption, sentencing him to two years in a rehabilitation facility. Saturday's verdict was the first in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir. The former strongman has been in custody since April, when Sudan’s military removed him from power after months of nationwide protests. He's also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict. Sudan’s transitional government so far hasn't indicated whether they will extradite him to the ICC. The corruption trial is separate from charges against al-Bashir regarding the killing of protesters during the uprising. 

El Salvador court gives hefty sentences in mass gang trial

Marcos AlemÁn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 2:05pm

A court in El Salvador has sentenced 373 convicted members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang to prison terms of up to 74 years for crimes ranging from murder and arms trafficking to terrorist association in a mass trial historic for the sheer number of defendants, authorities said Friday.

UN official: Chilean police abused protester's human rights

Eva Vergara, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 2:01pm

A U.N. human rights report released Friday accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, torture, sexual abuse and the use of excessive force.

UN can't confirm weapons used in Saudi attacks were Iranian

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:43pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations has not been able to independently corroborate that the cruise missiles and drones used in attacks earlier this year on an airport and oil facilities in Saudi Arabia “are of Iranian origin.”

Battle ahead: Scotland party leader vows independence push

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:01am

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the majority he needs to push through Brexit, but he faces another big challenge from Scotland, where the independence-minded Scottish National Party and its leader Nicola Sturgeon have surged to a commanding position. Here is a look at the factors that will make this a vexing issue for Johnson.

Critics say Guatemala commission undermining anti-graft push

Sonia PÉrez D., Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:21am

One by one, witnesses sat in the elegant wooden chair in Guatemala’s Congress in recent weeks to air their grievances against the U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that over the course of 12 years helped bring to justice hundreds of politicians, businesspeople, judges and others accused of corruption.

Thunberg calls for `fight for tomorrow' at Italy protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:12am

Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Friday asked young people to fight for their future in the next decade, as she joined a demonstration in the northern Italian city of Turin.

Mediterranean pen shell listed as critically endangered

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:57am

A fan mussel found only in the Mediterranean was officially added to the list of critically endangered species, after scientists recorded a dramatic decline in its population numbers caused by a newly discovered pathogen.

A tale of 2 migrations: Before and after new Trump policies

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:51am

María Teresa Carballo was worried. She hadn’t heard from her daughter-in-law since the young woman and her two young children left with a smuggler for the U.S. border a week earlier.

Iraq's top Shiite cleric condemns gruesome hanging of teen

Samya Kullab and Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:25am

Iraq's top Shiite cleric Friday denounced the killing of a teenager whose body was strung up by his feet from a traffic pole in a Baghdad square, as conflicting versions emerged about what led to the 16-year-old’s death.

Turkmenistan passes new anti-corruption law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:22am

Turkmenistan's president signed a law Friday that excludes prisoners convicted of corruption from state amnesties and pardons that take place several times each year and usually coincide with major national holidays.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will build 'new partnership' with the European Union as 'friends.'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:10am

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will build 'new partnership' with the European Union as 'friends.'.

AP Interview: New Cuban ballet head pledges renovation

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:10am

The new head of Cuba's legendary National Ballet says she hopes to renew the institution after the death of long-time director Alicia Alonso by introducing new choreography and appearances by dancers who have emigrated to other companies.

UN: Greece still in violation of some norms for detention

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 7:09am

A group of United Nations experts on arbitrary detention said Friday that despite some improvements, Greece was still in violation of certain international obligations in how and where people are imprisoned.

Death toll in aircraft carrier fire in Russia rises to 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 6:35am

A crew member who went missing during a fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier was found dead Friday, raising the death toll from the blaze to two, the nation's military officials said Friday.

Germany: 1 dead, 11 injured in apartment building explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:05am

One person died and 11 were injured in an explosion at an apartment building in eastern Germany on Friday, authorities said.