Sekouba Konate, an African general who served as Guinea's transitional president for a year after a military coup, pleaded guilty to U.S. charges on Tuesday that he smuggled thousands of dollars into the United States. Konate, 51, was indicted in May and faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 19, the U.S. Justice Department said. Known in Guinea as "El Tigre" for his ferocity in battle, Konate served as interim president of the West African country in 2010.
Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held "warm and open" talks with the president on the transfer of power from the military establishment, a minister said Wednesday, nearly a month after her opposition party cleaned up at the polls. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won nearly 80 percent of contested seats in a November 8 election which appears poised to end the military's decades-long domination of the country. Immediately after her party's win Suu Kyi, who is blocked from the presidency by the army-written constitution, appealed for "national reconciliation" talks with President Thein Sein and the powerful army chief.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chris Brown canceled plans for a Down Under tour Wednesday after Australian authorities earlier warned the troubled R&B singer they were likely to refuse him a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna.