RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian authorities have canceled a trip to Washington to prepare for President Dilma Rousseff's state visit next month, to protest allegations the United States spied on top officials in Latin America's largest economy.
Diplomats were scheduled to head Saturday to the U.S. to organize the first state visit by a Brazilian president in two decades, according to a government official who is close to Ms. Rousseff. The official, who asked not to be identified because the information isn't public, said he didn't know whether Ms. Rousseff would cancel her Oct. 23 White House meeting with President Barack Obama.
Mr. Obama and Ms. Rousseff spoke with one another when they found themselves seat-mates Thursday during a working session at the opening of the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Anti-graft chief charged
MIAMI -- The Bolivian government's top anti-corruption cop is locked up in a downtown jail cell, accused of shaking down a foreign businessman here for $30,000 in exchange for making criminal charges brought against him back home go away.
Bolivian National Police Col. Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga, who has a bond hearing today, flew in last week to meet with Humberto Roca about resolving the charges against the former owner of Aerosur Airlines in his native country. But instead of meeting with the colonel right away, Mr. Roca, on the advice of his lawyer, contacted the FBI and participated in a sting operation.
Family of slain singer sues
SANTIAGO, Chile -- A former Chilean army officer charged with murdering Víctor Jara, a member of the Communist Party whose folk songs of poverty and injustice remain vastly popular, shortly after the 1973 military coup has been sued in a Florida court under federal laws allowing legal action against human rights violators living in the United States.
The lawsuit against the former officer accused of his murder, Pedro Pablo Barrientos, 64, comes as Chileans take part in a number of cathartic, emotionally charged events leading up to the 40th anniversary of the Sept. 11 coup that ushered in 17 years of the Pinochet dictatorship.
Kenya exits global court
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenya's parliament on Thursday passed a motion to withdraw from the International Criminal Court just before the country's president and deputy president face trial at The Hague for allegedly orchestrating postelection violence more than five years ago.
Citing the fact that the United States and other world powers are not members, the majority leader of Kenya's parliament on Thursday argued that Kenya should withdraw from the statute that created the ICC.
Chinese official sentenced
HONG KONG -- A court in northwest China sentenced a former provincial safety official Thursday to 14 years in prison for graft, a year after he became a symbol of a callous and corrupt bureaucracy when Chinese Internet users circulated photographs suggesting he had been living beyond his means.
Yang Dacai's case is one of many in China in recent years to demonstrate how local officials can be held accountable to public opinion. However, such complaints against senior or national-level officials remain taboo and are actively scoured from the Internet by government censors and employees of the companies that operate online forums.
-- Compiled from news services