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Tajik prison riot leaves 26 dead: security sources

Dushanbe - Twenty-four prisoners and two guards were killed after dozens of inmates rioted at a maximum security prison in northern Tajikistan, security sources said on Thursday.

At least 20 dead in Tajik prison riot: security sources

Dushanbe - Around 20 prisoners and two guards were killed in clashes at a maximum security prison in Tajikistan's northern city of Khujand, two security sources told AFP on Thursday.

Seven killed in suicide attack near Kabul prison

Kabul - A suicide bomber targeting a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan's biggest prison killed at least seven people on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest militant attack in the war-torn country.

Haiti has 'torture'-like conditions: NGO

Port-au-prince - Conditions in Haiti's chronically overcrowded jails are like "acts of torture" and inmates' rights are being ignored, a human rights group said in a report published Tuesday.

Ex-IMF chief Rato starts jail term in Spain for graft

Madrid - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato apologised to "society" on Thursday just before he began a jail sentence in Spain for misusing funds in a case that sparked outrage at the height of the country's economic crisis.

Dissident Vietnam blogger 'Mother Mushroom' released, on way to US

Hanoi - A dissident Vietnamese blogger known by the pen name "Mother Mushroom" was on her way to freedom in the United States on Wednesday after being released from prison where she was serving 10 years for anti-state propaganda, sources told AFP.

Dissident Vietnam blogger 'Mother Mushroom' released, on way to US

Hanoi - A dissident Vietnamese blogger known by the pen name 'Mother Mushroom' was on her way to the United States Wednesday after being released from prison where she was serving 10 years for anti-state propaganda, multiple sources told AFP.

Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years: US admiral

Fpo - Former president Barack Obama had vowed to close the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but now it will stay open for at least 25 years, the officer in charge of the facility said Tuesday.

Ukraine hunger striker ends protest 'to avoid force-feeding'

Moscow - Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov, who has refused food for 145 days in a Russian jail, said on Friday he was halting his high-profile protest to avoid being force-fed.

Brazil police kill nine escaped inmates, hunt others

Bras - Police in Brazil have killed nine escaped inmates and are hunting 19 others after a jailbreak in the central north of the country during which prisoners took a teacher and guards hostage, authorities said.

Amnesty slams 'medical negligence' in Bahrain prisons

London - Bahraini prisoners suffering cancer, multiple sclerosis and sickle-cell anaemia do not have access to medical care, Amnesty International said Friday, accusing local authorities of "negligence".

Scores freed from militia-run Libya prison decried by UN

Tripoli - Libya's internationally recognised government on Thursday announced the release of 83 prisoners from a jail where the United Nations has documented torture and summary executions.

Gunmen storm Brazil prison, policeman killed as 92 inmates escape

S - Heavily armed men blew down the front gate of a maximum security prison in northeastern Brazil early Monday and with guns blazing enabled 92 inmates to escape while killing a policeman, authorities said.

Gunmen storm Brazil prison, more than 100 inmates escape

S - Heavily armed men blew down the front gate of a maximum security prison in northeastern Brazil early Monday and with guns blazing enabled more than 100 inmates to escape, authorities said.

Hundreds escape prison near Libya's Tripoli: police

Tripoli - Some 400 detainees escaped after a riot on Sunday at a prison in the southern suburbs of the Libyan capital Tripoli, theatre of a week of deadly battles, the police said.

UK private prisons in spotlight after 'crisis' jail takeover

London - The British government seized control of a squalid contractor-run prison on Monday where inspectors said officers were locking themselves away as protection from prisoners, raising questions about its privatisation programme.

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.
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