Turkey Detains Academics Who Signed Pro-Kurdish Petition
Turkish authorities have detained at least 12 academics accused of supporting "terror propaganda" after they signed a petition calling for an end to the government's crackdown on Kurdish rebels.
The state-run Anadolu news agency said the academics from Kocaeli University near Istanbul were detained during raids at their homes early Friday, adding nine others are set to also be taken in.
The detainees are among more than 1,200 academics who have signed a statement condemning Turkey's "deliberate massacres and deportation" of Kurdish people in the southeast of the country. The petition also called for an immediate end to the use of curfews and the resumption of the peace process with the PKK Kurdish rebel group.
Comedian Becomes Guatemala's President
A former television comedian with no political experience has been sworn in as Guatemala's president.
Jimmy Morales easily won the country's top office in October after a corruption scandal toppled the country's last leader and fueled voter outrage with the political establishment.
Playing up his outsider status and promising clean government, Morales surged in opinion polls after a probe into a multi-million dollar customs racket that forced President Otto Perez out of office.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attended the inauguration of Morales Thursday along with several Latin American presidents.
Morales asked Biden to add Guatemala to the list of countries granted temporary protected status, providing its eligible citizens in the U.S. temporary protection from deportation and allowing them to work and travel.