PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Campaign season for the final round of Haiti's elections has started, but the second-place finisher in the presidential vote has not yet announced whether he will participate in the runoff.
Jude Celestin told The Associated Press on Friday that "no decision has been made" about whether he will take part in the scheduled Dec. 27 runoff against Jovenel Moise.
Celestin says his team needs more time for dialogue with...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Over the years, the Israeli parliament has seen its fair share of questionable characters. But it's unlikely anyone has ever been so perpetually engulfed in scandal in so short a time as freshman Likud lawmaker Oren Hazan.
In less than eight months in office, Hazan has already faced accusations of physically assaulting a public official, sexually harassing women, pimping prostitutes and providing drugs to tourists at a Bulgarian casino. Now, after...
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Hundreds of opposition supporters have started a three-day long protest to demand the release of the Maldives' former president and other jailed politicians and activists.
The Maldivian Democratic Party says the protest started Friday and will continue for 72 hours. Maldives police have said they will not allow three days of protests and ordered the demonstration to end by midnight Friday.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The early breakfast crowd sipped coffee and picked at croissants in the Radisson Blu's dining room, swiping through emails and the morning headlines on their smartphones.
Outside the luxury hotel, the dusty, red-earth streets were coming alive with traffic, the whine of motorbikes mixed with the rumble of minibus taxis amid the bustle of one of Africa's fastest-growing cities.
Five hotel security guards were just finishing the...
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on Friday on the second leg of his Africa pilgrimage, declaring Africa the "continent of hope" and honoring Uganda's most famous Christians.
Francis arrived from Kenya at Entebbe International Airport, where Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni welcomed him along with a military brass band and traditional drummers and dancers gyrating their hips.
Francis, who is also scheduled to visit Central...
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Investigators have opened the coffin of Russia's next-to-last czar to obtain genetic material from his remains and say it was not tampered with in Soviet times.
The coffin of Alexander III, in the cathedral in St. Petersburg's Petropavlovsky fort, was opened Friday as part of an attempt to identify what may be the remains of his grandchildren, who were killed by the Bolsheviks.
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated himself in the middle of a procession of hundreds of Shiite Muslims on Friday, killing 21 people and injuring dozens, local religious leaders said.
The attack occurred during the annual Arbaeen procession from Nigeria's second-largest city, Kano, to the ancient Islamic city of Zaria, said Aliyu Yusuf Kakaki, a spokesman for the Shiite community in Kano.
HAVANA (AP) — Hundreds of angry Cubans have gathered in front of Ecuador's embassy in Havana in an unusual public display of discontent. They say they're frustrated by Ecuador's new rule that Cubans need a visa to visit.
The lack of a visa requirement for Cubans made Ecuador a favored destination for those seeking to leave the island and make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) overland route to the United States, where they can receive automatic legal residency....
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Police and witnesses say an adviser to Burundi's president has survived an assassination attempt by gunmen who fired at his vehicle in the capital.
Deputy police spokesman Moise Nkurunziza said that the adviser, Zenon Ndaruvukanye, was attacked Friday morning in Bujumbura. He survived the attack but one of his bodyguards was killed and another seriously injured.
The capital has been wracked by violence since April when President...