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French court approves Noriega extradition to Panama

November 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A French court has approved former dictator Manuel Noriega’s extradition to Panama, allowing him to return home for the first time since he was forced out in a U.S. invasion more than 20 years ago. Continue Reading

LIBYA REVOLT: Gadhafi forces strike back at revolt near Tripoli

February 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Army units and militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi struck back against rebellious Libyans who have risen up in cities close to the capital today, attacking a mosque where many were holding an anti-government sit-in and battling with others who had seized control of a local airport. Continue Reading

Back in Haiti, ex-dictator ‘Baby Doc’ accused of corruption, embezzlement

January 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier was hauled into court to answer questions today as a legal case was opened against him nearly 25 years after he was ousted from power in a popular uprising against what was widely regarded as a brutal and corrupt regime. Continue Reading

Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc’ surprise return from exile raises some concerns

January 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, a once feared and reviled dictator who was ousted in a popular uprising nearly 25 years ago, has made a stunning return to Haiti, raising concerns he could complicate efforts to solve a political crisis, a cholera outbreak and the stalled reconstruction from last year’s devastating earthquake. Continue Reading

EUROPE: Belarus president re-elected while others cry fraud

December 24, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, 56, has run a repressive regime since 1994. Often called Europe’s last dictator, he allows no independent broadcast media, keeps 80 percent of the country’s industry under Soviet-style state control and suppresses opposition with police raids and pressure. Continue Reading