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Hunger-striking Ukrainian filmmaker 'losing hope': cousin

Kiev - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is "losing hope" and no longer believes that he will be freed after almost 100 days on hunger strike in a Russian prison, his cousin told AFP.

Ukraine's Sentsov 'wants to live' but will not end hunger strike: activist

Moscow - Hunger striking Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov "wants and hopes to live" but will not stop his protest despite deteriorating health, a rights campaigner who visited him in the Russian Arctic prison where he is held said Wednesday.

Cows help rehabilitate prisoners in Sweden

Mariestad - It's barely 6:00 am and Alfred is already busy milking cows. But when his chores on the farm are done, he won't be going home -- he'll be returning to his prison cell.

Macron to discuss Ukraine hunger striker Sentsov with Putin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Friday discuss with Vladimir Putin the case of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian jail for almost three months, Macron's office said.

Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov says 'end is near': cousin

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in a "catastrophically bad" state and could be close to death after hunger striking in a Russian jail for nearly three months, his cousin said Wednesday.

Russian ex-prisoners speak out over torture after leaked video

Moscow - Alexander Zarechnev is one of a growing number of Russians to break their silence over violence and torture in Russian prisons after a widely shared video of guards beating an inmate shocked the country.

Ukraine's decrepit prisons languish despite promised reform

Kiev - Around 20 men are crammed into the foul-smelling cell, where cockroaches wander across the walls and barred windows.

Crowds greet Palestinian teen after release from Israeli prison

Palestinian - Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi left prison Sunday and was greeted by crowds of supporters after serving eight months for slapping Israeli soldiers, an episode that made her a symbol of resistance for Palestinians.

Palestinian teenager jailed for slapping soldiers leaves prison

Jerusalem - Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi left prison Sunday after an eight-month sentence for slapping two Israeli soldiers, an episode captured on video that made her a symbol of resistance for Palestinians, a prison service spokesman said.

Knitting and painting for El Salvador's imprisoned ex-gang members

- The hands knitting so deftly are covered in tattoos, and nearby another man delicately puts the final touches to a painting of Elsa, the character from Disney's animation "Frozen.

French police spot helicopter jailbreak gangster 'in car with explosives'

Pontoise - A French gangster on the run for weeks after a dramatic helicopter jailbreak has narrowly avoided capture by a police patrol and had to abandon a car containing explosives, officials said Wednesday.

French police spot helicopter jailbreak gangster 'in car with explosives'

Pontoise - A French gangster on the run for weeks after a dramatic helicopter jailbreak has narrowly avoided capture by a police patrol and had to abandon a car containing explosives, officials said Wednesday.

Russia detains 6 prison guards over torture video

Moscow - Russian investigators said Monday they had detained six prison guards over a video showing officers brutally beating an inmate which was leaked to an independent newspaper.

Lap of luxury: Indonesian jailers busted over fancy cells

Bandung - Inmates at an Indonesian prison paid for luxury cells equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and private washrooms, anti-graft officials said, in the graft-riddled country's latest corruption scandal.

Four activists held in France for escorting migrants over border

Brian - Four people accused of illegally helping migrants cross the border into France were being questioned by police on Tuesday, the latest case over aid provided to refugees on the move through Europe.

EU warns Sri Lanka over death penalty

Colombo - EU ambassadors warned Sri Lanka on Monday against ending its 42-year moratorium on capital punishment and said the island risked losing trade concessions if it went ahead.

France expels 'mentor' of 2015 jihadist attackers to Algeria

Paris - France on Monday expelled a radical Islamic preacher to Algeria after his release from prison, where he became a mentor to at least two jihadis who carried out deadly attacks on a satirical newspaper and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015, officials ...

Sri Lanka seeks hangman after death penalty revived

Colombo - Sri Lanka is looking for an executioner to fill the vacant position of state hangman, prison officials said Friday, after President Maithripala Sirisena ended the island's moratorium on capital punishment.

African meals and football for ICC inmates

Scheveningen - Deep in the heart of a Dutch prison a group of international detainees finish their African-inspired meal before settling in front of a television to watch the latest World Cup football match.

Six detained Catalan leaders transferred closer to home

Barcelona - Six of the nine Catalan separatist leaders in custody over their role in Catalonia's secession bid were transferred Wednesday to prisons in the region as part of Madrid's efforts to ease tensions ahead of talks next week.

French minister says won't resign over helicopter jailbreak

Paris - France's justice minister on Wednesday ruled out resigning after a notorious robber was broken out of prison by helicopter, despite a recent warning that the convict was on the verge of trying to escape.

'Defective' security may have aided helicopter jailbreak: French minister

Paris - The French government pointed to possible security failings on Monday after a notorious gangster used a helicopter to stage his second brazen jailbreak of a crime career inspired by films such as "Scarface".

Spain king's brother-in-law starts jail term for embezzlement

Madrid - The Spanish king's brother-in-law began a six-year jail sentence on Monday, drawing a line under a long-running corruption scandal that enraged the public and brought shame on the royal family.

Spanish king's brother-in-law jailed over graft conviction

Madrid - The Spanish king's brother-in-law was jailed Monday after losing an appeal against a graft conviction, the prison authorities said.

Once a symbol of Somoza-era torture, Nicaragua prison holds protesters

Managua - For days, Maria Magdalena Saldana has hooked a gold chain encircling her waist to the gate bulwarking one of Nicaragua's most notorious prisons.

Russia orders Gulag records destroyed: researcher

Moscow - A Russian researcher said Friday he has discovered that Moscow has ordered the destruction of prison records including those relating to the Soviet Gulag, alarming historians and prompting a rights body to intervene.

To isolate, or not, Kosovo's returning jihadists

Pristina - One of Europe's smallest countries, Kosovo has produced more than its fair share of battle-hardened jihadists whom it is now trying to rehabilitate after their return home from Syria and Iraq.

Peru gets out of jail to win prisoners 'World Cup'

- It sounds like a punchline: how does a team of prisoners win the World Cup? On penalties!That's how Peru did it, getting out of jail to beat Russia in a tense final at the giant Lima Stadium last week.

Venezuela says group of Maduro opponents released from jail

Caracas - A group of jailed opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, including a former mayor of the city of San Cristobal, have been released, the leader of the pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly announced Friday.

Venezuela says group of Maduro opponents released from jail

Caracas - A group of jailed opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, including a former mayor of the city of San Cristobal, have been released, the leader of the pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly announced Friday.
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