Brazil judge releases former Bolsonaro minister from jail

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian federal judge on Thursday released a former education minister of President Jair Bolsonaro a day after he was arrested by federal police in a graft investigation. Judge Ney Bello said Milton Ribeiro and four other suspects should be freed because they are not part of the current administration and the … Read more

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi moved from secret location to prison

BANGKOK — You Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was transferred Wednesday from a secret detention location to a prison in the country’s capital, legal officials familiar with her case said. Her ongoing court cases will be tried at a new facility constructed in the prison compound, they said. Suu Kyi was arrested on Feb. … Read more

South Dakota AG convicted on 2 impeachment charges, removed

PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota Senate on Tuesday convicted Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg of two impeachment charges stemming from a 2020 fatal crash, removing and barring him from future office in a stinging rebuke that showed most senators didn’t believe his account of the crash. Ravnsborg, a first-term Republican who only recently announced he … Read more

Ethics adviser to scandal-hit UK leader Boris Johnson quits

LONDON — The ethics advisor to scandal-hit Prime Minister Boris Johnson has quit and accused the Conservative government of seeking to flout conduct rules, weeks after an investigator’s report criticized the British leader for overseeing a culture of government rule-breaking. Christopher Geidt stepped down late Wednesday with a terse statement saying “with regret, I feel … Read more

Electronic-sniffing dog helps in pedophilia arrest in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — An unusual alliance of international activist groups, Mexican prosecutors and a dog trained to sniff out memory devices joined forces this month to catch a high-profile suspected pedophile in Mexico City. First, Free a Girl, a Netherlands-based group that fights human trafficking, tipped off activists at the US-based Operation Underground Railroad that … Read more

Cambodian court convicts lawyer, dozens of others of treason

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A Cambodian-American lawyer and dozens of members of a now-dissolved opposition party were convicted of treason Tuesday in a trial that is part of efforts to tame opposition to the long-running rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Lawyer Theary Seng and most of the other defendants were charged over a failed … Read more

Iraqi leaders vow to move ahead after dozens quit parliament

BAGHDAD — Iraqi leaders vowed Monday to move forward with efforts to form a government following the shocking resignation of 73 lawmakers from parliament during a prolonged political impasse. But the unprecedented mass withdrawal by members of powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc dramatically alters the political landscape, throwing government formation talks into further doubt. … Read more

Lawmakers from Iraq’s biggest bloc resign amid impasse

BAGHDAD — Dozens of lawmakers who make up the biggest bloc in Iraq’s parliament resigned on Sunday amid a prolonged political impasse, plunging the divided nation into political uncertainty. The 73 lawmakers from powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc submitted their resignation based on his request, to protest a persisting political deadlock eight months after … Read more

Texas massacre spurs Oregon gun-safety ballot initiative

SALEM, Pray. — When Raevahnna Richardson spotted a woman standing outside a library in Salem, Oregon, gathering signatures for a gun-safety initiative, she made a beeline to her and added her name. “I signed it to keep our kids safe, because something needs to change. I have a kid that’s going to be in first … Read more

Cambodian leader asks Myanmar to reconsider foes’ executions

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s prime minister urged military-ruled Myanmar to reconsider the death sentences against four political opponents, suggesting that executing them will draw strong international condemnation and complicate efforts to restore peace to the strife-torn nation. Hun Sen’s letter on Saturday to Myanmar ruler Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing adds to worldwide concern … Read more