Political defections

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 file photo, Mukhtar Robow, who was once deputy leader of Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, speaks at a press conference about his candidacy for a regional presidency, in Baidoa, Somalia. A Somali official says Ethiopian troops that are part of the African Union forces supporting the Somali government have arrested Robow in Baidoa. (AP Photo/File)
December 15, 2018 - 4:41 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia saw a third day of protests on Saturday over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. Officials said at least eight people have been killed so far as angry supporters take to the...
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November 30, 2018 - 9:06 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean soldier fled across a heavily fortified border to defect to South Korea early Saturday, the military in Seoul said. South Korean soldiers escorted the defector to safety after finding him moving south of the eastern side of the military demarcation line that...
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November 10, 2018 - 11:49 am
CAIRO (AP) — The information minister of Yemen's internationally recognized government says his counterpart in the rebel administration has fled the country and defected to neighboring Saudi Arabia. Moammer al-Iryani said Saturday that his rebel counterpart, Abdul-Salam Ali Gaber, arrived in Saudi...
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Sri Lankan civil rights activists hold placards during a demonstration outside the official residence of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Nov 4, 2018. Ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Friday there is credible evidence that his replacement is attempting to buy support in Parliament ahead of an expected vote of confidence when it reconvenes. ( AP Photo/Lahiru Harshana)
November 04, 2018 - 12:10 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president issued an order Sunday for Parliament to reconvene on Nov. 14, when lawmakers will get the chance to hold a confidence vote on the nation's former strongman who has been named prime minister. The announcement made in a decree comes amid a political...
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South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, left, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon during their meeting at the southern side of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. The rival Koreas are holding high-level talks Monday to discuss further engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)
October 15, 2018 - 9:26 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea continued their push for peace Monday with high-level talks that resulted in a host of agreements, including a plan by the rivals for a groundbreaking ceremony this year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads. The agreements come...
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October 05, 2018 - 4:52 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Somalia's government has issued a sharp "no" to the candidacy of a high-level al-Shabab defector for a regional presidency. A statement by the internal security ministry says Mukhtar Robow is not eligible to run for the leadership of the South West region because he is still...
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El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi celebrate a toast at a signing ceremony to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between El Salvador and China at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 21, 2018 - 1:38 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke off diplomatic ties with El Salvador on Tuesday as the Central American country defected to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage. The break in ties means Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign...
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July 19, 2018 - 7:52 pm
LONDON (AP) — Modern slavery is most prevalent in North Korea and other repressive regimes, but developed nations also bear responsibility for it because they import $350 billion worth of goods that are produced under suspicious circumstances, according to research released Thursday. The Global...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. President Donald Trump had previously condemned the cruelty of North Korea’s government, but after his historic summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump seemed to play down the severity of human rights violations in North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)
June 13, 2018 - 5:26 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It was just months ago when President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union address to condemn the cruelty of North Korea's government. But after his historic summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he described as "very smart" and having a "...
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