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Far-right candidate leads as Brazil heads to polls

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Facing far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo mayor who is standing in for jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

WHO WILL WIN? This combination of file pictures created on October 08, 2018 shows Brazilian presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro (L) (PSL) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2018 and Fernando Haddad (PT) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 04, 2018. Photos by Miguel Schincariol and Daniel Ramalho/AFP

Brazil's Lula quits presidential race, Haddad to run instead

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:02 AM

The decision comes less than two weeks after Brazil's Superior Electoral Tribunal ruled that the popular but polarizing former president cannot run while serving his 12-year prison sentence

Duterte's PDP-Laban inks deal with North Korea's party

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:10 AM

PDP-Laban and the Workers' Party of Korea sign a deal on party cooperation, youth development, as well as 'promotion of world peace'

Photo from Ron Munsayac/PDP Laban

PDP-Laban to hold historic meeting with North Korean party

Jul 15, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The ruling PDP-Laban says this is the 'first-ever visit by a Philippine political party to the North Korean capital' of Pyongyang

Brazil prosecutors probe judge who ordered release of Lula

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Attorney General Raquel Dodge says there is evidence that when appeals judge Rogerio Favreto acted professionally, he did so 'motivated by personal feelings and interests'

Lula remains in jail as Brazil judge voids shock release order

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Judge Pedro Gebran Neto overturns a shock order to free Lula, which dropped hours earlier from Judge Rogerio Favreto at an appeals court in the southern city of Porto Alegre

IMPRISONMENT. In this file photo, Ex-Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. File photo by Heuler Andrey/AFP

PDP-Laban offers to help improve PH-North Korea ties

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The ruling party also plans to send a delegation to Pyongyang 'to meet with their counterparts from the Workers' Party of Korea'

Lula says party free to find new candidate for Brazil vote

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'I want you to feel totally free to take whatever decision you need because 2018 is an important year for the PT, for the left and for democracy,' writes Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a letter to the Workers' Party

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

Pressing Syria offensive, Turkey urges U.S. pullback

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand the offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to Manbij, east of Afrin

Turkey expects Trump to 'keep promise' not to arm Syria Kurds

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:16 PM

Washington views the Kurdish YPG militia as the most effective fighting force on the ground against ISIS, but Ankara sees them as 'terrorists' linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party

VERSUS ISIS. Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

North Korea media grade South's Moon a 'fail'

Aug 18, 2017 - 2:37 PM

The Rodong Sinmun the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers Party says the performance sheet for Moon Jae In s 100 days is poor and very disappointing

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-In talks over the telephone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 11, 2017. File photo by Yonhap/AFP

Brazil's Lula defiant after corruption trial

May 11, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Brazil s media talked up the court session as a showdown between two of the most powerful men in Brazil

DEFIANT. A hand out picture released by Instituto Lula showing Brazil's former president (2003-2010) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters while arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Turkey angered by U.S. move to arm Syrian Kurds

May 10, 2017 - 6:04 PM

The issue risks further stoking tensions between Ankara and Washington less than a week before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to Washington to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump

Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad, an enormous reservoir created by the Tabqa dam, on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Brazil's ex-president Lula faces corruption court

May 10, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva 71 is accused of receiving a seaside apartment as a bribe in a much wider corruption scheme investigated by the so called Car Wash probe upending Brazilian politics

FACING CHARGES. Brazil's former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/File/AFP

UN accuses Turkey of 'serious' abuses in Kurd majority region

Mar 10, 2017 - 6:19 PM

A report from the UN rights office details evidence of massive destruction killings and numerous other serious human rights violations committed between July 2015 and December 2016 in southeast Turkey

Suicide car bombing kills 14 off-duty Turkish soldiers

Dec 18, 2016 - 7:58 AM

The government says all signs so far suggests the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK was behind the bombing in the city of Kayseri

This picture obtained from the Ihlas News Agency shows a police officer and people walking next to the wreck of public bus following an explosion on December 17, 2016 in Kayseri, central Turkey. Ilhas News Agency/AFP

Turkey defiant as Kurdish militants claim Istanbul carnage

Dec 11, 2016 - 8:12 AM

5th UPDATE Of the 38 fatalities in the twin attacks in Istanbul 30 are police officers

Turkish police officers and forensic work next to damaged police vehicles and cars on the site where a car bomb exploded near the stadium of football club Besiktas in central Istanbul on December 10, 2016. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkish court jails 9 staff of opposition daily

Nov 05, 2016 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED The suspects are charged with links to the Kurdistan Workers Party and the movement of Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for the failed coup bid in July

RALLY. A protester holds a copy of the Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet during a demonstration outside the newspaper's headquarters in Istanbul on November 2, 2016. Yasin Akgul/AFP

Truck bomb kills 18 in Turkey

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:05 AM

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus describes the bombing as an atrocious and heinous terrorist attack

Smokes ascends after Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb outside a military station in Semdinli near the border with Iraq, on October 9, 2016.  The Anadolu Agency, citing a statement by the Turkish Armed Forces, said the attack outside a Gendarmerie station on the Semdinli-Yuksekova highway was the work of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. / AFP PHOTO / IHLAS NEWS AGENCY / STRINGER / Turkey OUT

'Huge disaster' averted in Turkey as suspects blow themselves up

Oct 08, 2016 - 2:47 PM

3rd UPDATE The bombing comes two days before the first anniversary of Turkey s deadliest terror attack in its modern history in Ankara

Activity at North Korea nuclear site fuels test fears

Oct 07, 2016 - 1:00 PM

North Korea has already conducted two nuclear tests this year – in January and September – and experts say it is capable of carrying out a 3rd as soon as the order is given

Brazil's leftist Workers' Party slips in nationwide polls

Oct 03, 2016 - 7:24 AM

Brazilians want change as they struggle through a devastating recession and the fallout from a massive embezzlement and bribery scheme centered on prestigious state oil company Petrobras

A woman casts her vote during the municipal elections' first round, at a school in Sao Bernardo do Campo, 25 km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Political killings overshadow Brazilian elections

Sep 29, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Analysts say that a recent spate of killings points to a darker political shift in Rio the second biggest city in Latin America s leading economy as police linked militias muscle in

People attend the funeral of Marcos Vieira de Souza, known as Falcon, the president of the Portela samba school and a Progressive Party (PP) candidate for Rio de Janeiro city councillor, at the Jardim da saudade cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 27, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

11 killed in attack, clashes with Kurdish rebels in Turkey

Sep 03, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK killed 10 Turkish soldiers and a village guardsman in two separate incidents in Turkey

Brazil's Rousseff urges vote against 'coup' in Senate trial

Aug 30, 2016 - 6:24 AM

Rousseff to senators: I ve come to look your excellencies in the eye to say that I did not commit a crime

DEFENSE. Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff presents her final arguments in the impeachment process to the Senate, in Brasilia, Brazil, August 29, 2016. Cadu Gomes/EPA

Brazil's Rousseff to face accusers in impeachment showdown

Aug 29, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Rousseff s testimony will come just hours before a final vote to decide her fate with everything pointing to her being convicted

General view of the Brazilian Senate during the impeachment trial against suspended President Dilma Rousseff at the Senate in Brasilia, Brazil, August 27, 2016. Cadu Gomes/EPA

Brazil police urge graft charges against ex-leader Lula

Aug 27, 2016 - 8:18 AM

Lula s lawyer brands it a politically motivated move

EMBATTLED. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia, Brazil, March 9, 2016. File photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

11 Turkish police killed in PKK suicide bombing

Aug 26, 2016 - 2:34 PM

4th UPDATE The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party says it carried out the assault in retaliation for the continued isolation of the group s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan and the lack of information about his welfare

Brazil's Rousseff enters final act of impeachment

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:35 AM

If she is removed from office her former vice president turned rival Michel Temer will be sworn in to serve until 2018 shifting Brazil to the right after 13 years of leftist rule under Rousseff s Workers Party

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech during an event in Brasilia, Brazil, August 24, 2016. Cadu Gomes/EPA

3 killed, 40 wounded in PKK car bomb attack in eastern Turkey – official

Aug 18, 2016 - 1:15 PM

The Turkish security forces have been hit by near daily attacks by the PKK since a two and a half year ceasefire collapsed in 2015 leaving hundreds of police and soldiers dead

Brazil's Rousseff ahead of trial: 'I'm innocent'

Aug 17, 2016 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED I am innocent Rousseff insists There is no injustice more devastating than to condemn an innocent person

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma meets with foreign correspondents at Alvorada Palace in Brasilia on June 14, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil Senate debates impeachment end game

Aug 09, 2016 - 10:11 AM

UPDATED Suspended President Rousseff s opponents only need a simple majority of the 81 senators votes to open an impeachment trial

Brazilian suspended President Dilma Rousseff (L) greets workers during her visit to the construction site in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 9, 2016. Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Kurdish rebel group TAK claims Istanbul bombing

Jun 10, 2016 - 4:30 PM

UPDATED We again warn foreign tourists who are in Turkey and who want to come to Turkey: foreigners are not our target but Turkey is no longer a reliable country for them the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons says

DEADLY BLAST. A general view shows the wreckage of a vehicle as police officers and emergency team members inspect the scene of a bomb attack in Istanbul, Turkey on June 7, 2016. File photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

5 dead in Turkey bombing blamed on Kurdish rebels

Jun 09, 2016 - 9:17 AM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed the killer PKK referring to the outlawed rebel Kurdistan Workers Party

People carry an injured man from Midyat Police station after an explosion on June 8, 2016 in Midyat, southeast Turkey. Stringer/AFP

S. Korea navy fires warning shots after North incursion

May 27, 2016 - 9:15 AM

In recent weeks Pyongyang has been urging Seoul to accept leader Kim Jong Un s proposal for military talks aimed at easing cross border tensions

New era for Brazil as Rousseff cedes power to Temer

May 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

It is urgent to restore peace and unite Brazil says interim president Michel Temer

'NEW ERA.' Interim Brazilian President Michel Temer (R) attends an inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2016. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazil's Rousseff suspended to face impeachment trial

May 12, 2016 - 9:14 AM

5th UPDATE A nearly 22 hour debate in the Senate closes with an overwhelming 55 22 vote against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Senators attend the Senate debate on a vote to suspend Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and start an impeachment trail against her, at the Senate in Brasilia, Brazil, May 11, 2016. Cadu Gomes/EPA

North Korea sings praises of 'motherly' ruling party after congress

May 11, 2016 - 11:50 PM

The concert features the country s first all women group the Moranbong Band whose members sing songs about love of the ruling party or family

North Korea's all-female Moranbong Band perform in Pyongyang on May 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

Families, friends divided over Brazil political crisis

May 11, 2016 - 7:45 PM

My son was making provocative comments on Facebook so I unfriended him says 54 year old Dayse Lima a supporter of President Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian 54-year-old public servant Dayse Lima (L) and her son Gustavo Franco, 26, talk in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 4, 2016.  Dayse, a backer of President Dilma Rousseff and Gustavo, who supports her impeachment, are just a sample of the countless friends and relatives split by the deep crisis that affects the Brazilian society. / AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Brazil Senate committee recommends Rousseff impeachment

May 07, 2016 - 4:50 AM

The special committee s decision was non binding but marked the last formal stage before the full Senate votes May 11 on whether to put the leftist leader on trial

VOTING RECORD. Senator Raimundo Lira, President of the Senate's Impeachment Special Committee against President Dilma Rousseff, poses in front of the result panel at the end of a voting session at the National Congress in Brasilia on May 6, 2016. Andressa Anholete/AFP

Brazil high court suspends Rousseff impeachment architect

May 06, 2016 - 7:45 AM

The speaker of Brazil s lower house of Congress is the architect of the impeachment drive expected to force Rousseff to step aside from office on May 11

In this file photo, Brazilian Deputies Chamber president Eduardo Cunha leads a session of the Brazilian Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil, March 3, 2016. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Rousseff rallies Brazil anti-impeachment crowd

May 02, 2016 - 7:20 AM

The traditional Labor Day celebrations were dominated by anger at the impeachment drive described by Rousseff as a coup

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff waves at the crowd during a demonstration to mark International Workers' Day, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 1, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil Senate forms impeachment committee

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:36 AM

The Senate committee – comprising 21 of the 81 senators – is to debate Rousseff s fate for up to 10 working days before making a recommendation to the full upper house

ANGER IN BRASILIA. Activists supporting the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff demonstrate in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, on April 16, 2016. Beto Barata/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff vows long battle against impeachment

Apr 19, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Rousseff: I have strength spirit and courage I will not be beaten I will not be paralyzed I will continue to fight and I will fight as I did all my life

DEFIANT. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a press conference in Brasilia, Brasil, April 18, 2016. Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Brazil lower house votes to impeach Rousseff

Apr 18, 2016 - 7:59 AM

UPDATED Brazil s lower house votes in favor of authorizing the Senate to start an impeachment trial for President Dilma Rousseff plunging the deeply divided country into crisis

IMPEACHMENT WATCH. Hundreds of people demonstrate against President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, Brazil on April 17, 2016. Joel Rodrigues/EPA

Brazil president's fate on knife edge in impeachment vote

Apr 11, 2016 - 3:30 PM

A tense divided Brazil holds its breath and braces for disturbances on the streets

Picture taken on June 16, 2013 shows the National Congress Palace (Congresso Nacional) in the Brazilian federal capital of Brasilia, Brazil. Robert Ghement/EPA

Rousseff impeachment should go ahead – commission rep

Apr 07, 2016 - 6:28 AM

The decision means the opposition draws first blood just as an increasingly bitter battle to remove Brazil s first woman president from office gathers pace

DARK DAYS. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff waves during a meeting with lawyers in Brasilia, Brazil, 22 March 2016. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Brazil president faces key call in impeachment drive

Apr 06, 2016 - 3:44 PM

A congressional committee has wrapped up its preliminary sessions and will now hear lawmaker Jovair Arantes present his recommendation on whether congress should vote to open an impeachment trial

Picture taken on June 16, 2013 shows the National Congress Palace (Congresso Nacional) in the Brazilian federal capital of Brasilia, Brazil. Robert Ghement/EPA

Brazil president mounts final plea against impeachment

Apr 04, 2016 - 1:46 PM

UPDATED Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cardozo makes his final arguments before a congressional impeachment committee a clutch moment in a political crisis that has brought the government of Latin America s biggest economy to the brink of collapse

IN TROUBLE. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech in Brasilia, March 23, 2016. File photo by Andressa Anholete/AFP