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July 28, 2016 - 10:43pm
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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese government says the toxic pollution a Taiwanese-owned had acknowledged discharging from its steel complex has harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen.

The pollution from a unit of Formosa Plastics Group also decimated tourism in central provinces, the Thanh Nien newspaper on Friday quoted the government saying in a report to the National Assembly.

Formosa acknowledged earlier...

July 28, 2016 - 7:55pm
2 days 4 hours ago

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Authorities in El Salvador are claiming a strong blow against the leadership and financing of one of the country's principal street gangs.

Attorney General Douglas Melendez said at a news conference Thursday that five leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha gang were arrested, including the man in charge of the gang's finances.

National Civil Police Director Howard Cotto says authorities seized weapons, cash and vehicles...

July 28, 2016 - 7:02pm
2 days 4 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — A rare 16th century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I will become public property after a donations appeal raised 10 million pounds ($13 million) to keep it in Britain.

The "Armada Portrait" commemorates England's 1588 triumph over an invading Spanish armada. It shows the queen in a bejeweled dress with her hand resting on a globe. Behind her, the Spanish fleet is wrecked in a storm.

The painting — one of three copies to survive by an...

July 28, 2016 - 6:03pm
2 days 4 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations expert says the right of freedom of assembly in the United States is threatened by racial, social and economic inequality.

Maina Kiai, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, said in a statement issued Thursday that "racism and the exclusion, persecution and marginalization that come with it, affect the enabling environment for the exercise of association and assembly rights."...

July 28, 2016 - 5:46pm
2 days 4 hours ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Lawyers for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva say they have filed a petition at the U.N. Human Right Committee denouncing what they call a lack of impartiality and abuse of power by the judge investigating the mammoth corruption-kickback scandal at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Besides Silva's attorneys, the petition filed Thursday in Geneva was also signed by British lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, a human rights specialist....

July 28, 2016 - 5:45pm
2 days 4 hours ago

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says Boko Haram Islamic extremists have ambushed a humanitarian convoy escorted by troops, wounding three civilians including a U.N. worker and two soldiers.

The attack comes as aid agencies are warning that children are dying of starvation daily among half a million people in need of urgent help in recently liberated areas that still are dangerous to reach.

The U.N. Children's Fund says a UNICEF employee...

July 28, 2016 - 5:02pm
2 days 4 hours ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's congress has sworn in three opposition lawmakers in violation of a Supreme Court ruling that is likely to further inflame the country's political divisions.

Electoral authorities certified the victory of the indigenous lawmakers as part of the opposition's landslide victory in December elections. But they were denied their seats after government allies alleged electoral irregularities in the Amazon region and the high court ruled...

July 28, 2016 - 4:58pm
2 days 4 hours ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Zimbabwe pastor who launched a social media campaign criticizing the government and then left the country for his safety is calling for a massive but peaceful uprising.

Evan Mawarire told a cheering crowd at a South African university Thursday that Zimbabwe once was promising but had been reduced to "horror and unimaginable disappointment."

Frustration has been growing in the southern African country amid a collapsing economy...

July 28, 2016 - 4:39pm
2 days 4 hours ago

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The Paraguayan People's Army guerrilla group is asking for a $700,000 ransom to release a kidnapped Mennonite man.

Franz Wiebe Boschman was kidnapped Wednesday night as he was harvesting corn at a farm about 210 miles (340 kilometers) north of Paraguay's capital.

His father, Abrahan Wiebe, said Thursday that the small, left-wing rebel group has given gave his family a 15-day deadline to pay the ransom. He says that he can't...

July 28, 2016 - 4:31pm
2 days 4 hours ago

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials say a high-ranking national police officer has been shot to death outside his home.

The National Police said in a statement Thursday that Maj. Buenaventura Miranda Fitoria was commander of the Boaco department about 55 miles (88 kilometers) west of Managua. He was killed Wednesday night as he parked his car.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo says Miranda had just returned from a weekly meeting with...

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