Brazil's Silva defiant after conviction, wants to run again

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched a defiant public defense Thursday after being convicted of corruption and money laundering, accusing his political opponents of trying to prevent him from becoming president again.

  • Written by By MAURICIO SAVARESE and SARAH DiLORENZO , Associated Press

Watchdog: At least 200 environmental activists slain in 2016

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 200 land and environmental activists were slain in 2016 protecting forests, rivers and land from mining, logging and agricultural companies, the highest annual number on record, a watchdog group said Thursday.

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  • Written by By PETER ORSI and MUNEEZA NAQVI , Associated Press

Human remains found in search for missing men, 1 victim ID'd

NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) — Investigators found the body of one of four missing young men Wednesday night, along with other human remains, buried deep in a common grave on a Pennsylvania farm. They vowed to "bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another."

  • Written by By BOB LENTZ and MARYCLAIRE DALE , Associated Press

Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies at age 61

SHENYANG, China (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, China's most prominent political prisoner, died Thursday at a hospital in the country's northeast, officials said. He was 61.

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