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Last King of Rwanda Dies in US Exile

King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa lived his older years in 'impoverished obscurity'

(Newser) - Kigeli V Ndahindurwa—the last king of Rwanda, who only sat on the throne for two years (more than a year of that time in exile)—died Sunday morning at the age of 80, the BBC and Foreign Policy report. "He was a devout and dedicated believer and the... More »

Saleh Set for Exile in Ethiopia

Ousted Yemen leader to leave within 2 days: aides

(Newser) - Following the inauguration of his successor, Yemen's ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh is due to leave the country within days, aides say: He's seeking exile in Ethiopia. Despite his exit from power, Saleh's presence in the country has remained a source of tension, prompting thousands to protest... More »

Pakistan Court: Find Musharraf

Courts issue second arrest warrant in Bhutto slaying

(Newser) - A prosecutor says a court has told Pakistani authorities to trace the address of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to arrest him in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination. Musharraf left Pakistan for London after quitting the presidency in 2008. Prosecutors allege Musharraf was part of the conspiracy to kill... More »

Pakistan Issues Warrant for Musharraf in Bhutto Slaying

'Accused' of not providing adequate security

(Newser) - Three years after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto sent Pakistan reeling, a judge has issued an arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf, naming him as an "accused" in her death, reports the BBC. Musharraf stands accused of not providing adequate security for Bhutto; two senior cops told investigators... More »

East Germany's First Lady Unrepentant

Margot Honecker dismisses criticism over forced adoptions, GDR policies

(Newser) - The wife of former East German dictator Erich Honecker loses no sleep over the policies she and her husband championed, including one that forcibly placed children of dissidents into other families or foster homes. “We lived good lives in our GDR,” Margot Honecker tells the Independent . More than... More »

US Exile Is Voice of Uighurs

(Newser) - The crisis in China's Xinjiang province has given an activist living in America and the Uighur movement a rare moment in the spotlight, reports the New York Times. Rebiya Kadeer, 62, has been championing the rights of China's Muslim minority from a Washington office since 2005 when she came to... More »

Bon Jovi Launches Iran Protest Video in Farsi

(Newser) - Jon Bon Jovi has released a music video in support of Iran protesters in which he sings Stand by Me in Farsi with exiled Iranian singer Andy Madadian, reports Reuters. "It's not for sale," said a producer of the video, which was first released on mydamnchannel.com. "... More »

Raising Saddam's Specter, Maliki Aims to Solidify Power

Maliki looks to increase party's power even as some see Saddam-like authority grabs

(Newser) - Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki is looking to extend his reach with party gains on the provincial level in elections Saturday, the New York Times reports. But despite his assurances that “the iron centralization has ended,” many Iraqis fear a return to rule by a single leader with power... More »

Deposed Thai PM Returns Home

Crowds and cops greet Thaksin as he flies home for first time since coup

(Newser) - Ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra flew home today after 17 months in exile to cheering supporters and police, who quickly escorted him to court to face corruption charges. Thaksin, the billionaire owner of the Manchester City soccer team who was forced from power by a military coup, knelt and... More »

Supporters Detained as Sharif Flies to Pakistan

Exiled Pakistani PM says he has no deal with Musharraf

(Newser) - Troops today rounded up hundreds of supporters of exiled prime minister Nawaz Sharif as he was about to land back in Pakistan. Tens of thousands of activists were expected to greet Sharif as he returned, but soldiers were to keep them at bay. "Let's see what happens," Sharif... More »

Pakistani Parliament Vows to Quit

Musharraf's gambit to resign military post after election not a hit

(Newser) - Gen. Perez Musharraf’s promise to resign his military post only if he is re-elected president in October drew howls of protest today from Pakistani opposition parties, who threatened a mass resignation in Parliament. “He is blackmailing,” one leader told the AP. “We reject this conditional offer... More »

Deal or No Deal, Bhutto Will Return Oct. 18

Ex-PM to end 8 years in exile; relations with Musharraf unsettled

(Newser) - Ex-PM Benazir Bhutto will return to Pakistan on October 18, her party said today, even without a power-sharing deal with Pervez Musharraf that would let her serve another term. Bhutto, who a party spokesman said will “bring back true democracy,” objects to Musharraf's plans to remain both president... More »

Ex-PM Battles Expulsion From Pakistan

Sharif's lawsuit may worsen Musharraf's tenuous position

(Newser) - Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif is taking Pervez Musharraf to court, hours after Musharraf ordered the deportation of his longtime political rival. In a move that casts further doubt on Musharraf's already shaky authority, Sharif—re-exiled to Saudi Arabia just 4 hours after his plane landed in Pakistan yesterday—filed suit... More »

Sharif Deported as He Lands in Roiling Pakistan

Arrests, tear gas and blockades greet exiled prime minister's brief return

(Newser) - Within hours of landing back home in Pakistan late last night, exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif  was deported to Saudi Arabia, as his supporters clashed with police near the airport and hundreds were arrested. Thousands more had been arrested in advance of his return. Police escorted Sharif onto a... More »

Pakistan Orders Arrest of Exiled PM's Brother

Former leader intends to return next week

(Newser) - A Pakistan court has ordered the arrest of Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Both Sharifs are planning to return to Pakistan next week after seven years of exile, where they will mount opposition to the rule of General Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf has been ordering... More »

No Deal Yet, but Bhutto Vows Return

Pakistan's ex-PM leaves door open for further talks with Musharraf over "restoration of democracy"

(Newser) - She hasn’t reached a power-sharing deal yet and still faces corruption charges, but Benazir Bhutto says she’ll announce the date of her return to Pakistan on September 14. Speaking from London, the two-time prime minister said talks with Pervez Musharraf have been “80% successful,” the BBC... More »

Exiled Ex-PM Allowed to Return to Pakistan

Court ruling another blow to Musharraf

(Newser) - Former PM Nawaz Sharif may return to Pakistan from exile, the country’s Supreme Court ruled today, dealing another blow president Pervez Musharraf. Sharif had already declared his intentions to challenge the "dictatorship" of Musharraf, who deposed Sharif in a 1999 coup, in upcoming elections. But Sharif, the BBC... More »

New Buddhas Made in China, Bejing Decrees

Tibetans forbidden to anoint successors to Dalai Lama

(Newser) - China's office of religious affairs has cracked down on the Tibetan practice of designating "living Buddhas," writes the Telegraph. A notice published yesterday forces Tibetan lamas to obtain Chinese permission before naming reincarnations. The exiled Tibetan government suggests the new rules signal that Beijing will try to name... More »

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