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Two guards freed as French prison hostage standoff ends

Paris - An inmate armed with a homemade weapon took two guards hostage at a high-security prison in northwest France on Tuesday before both were freed unharmed five hours later, authorities said.

Tokyo prison that held Ghosn opens doors to answer critics

Apo - Perhaps the most famous recent inmate at the Tokyo Detention House, ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, is no longer resident, but the prison has thrown open its doors hoping to answer critics.

Prison unemployment payments leave Dutch red-faced

Den Haag - Dutch authorities have been left red-faced after revelations that hundreds of prisoners collect unemployment benefits behind bars despite the law specifically prohibiting the practice.

Clashes in four Brazil prisons leave 40 dead

Rio De Janeiro - At least 40 inmates were killed in four jails in northern Brazil on Monday over an apparent gang dispute, authorities said, in the latest wave of violence to rock the country's severely overpopulated and deadly prison system.

Clashes between prisoners in Brazil jail leave 15 dead

S - Clashes between inmates killed 15 people at a jail in Amazonas state in northern Brazil on Sunday, the regional prison authority said.

Clashes between prisoners in Brazil jail leave 15 dead

S - Clashes between inmates killed 15 people at a jail in Amazonas state in northern Brazil on Sunday, the regional prison authority said.

Kurdish prisoners end hunger strike in Turkey after Ocalan call

Ankara - Thousands of inmates in Turkish prisons ended their mass hunger strike on Sunday, heeding a calling by militant Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan whose jail conditions they were protesting.

Kurdish rebel leader calls end to jail hunger strikes in Turkey: lawyers

Istanbul - Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called for an end to hunger strikes by thousands of jailed supporters in Turkey protesting the conditions of his detention, his lawyers said Sunday.

'American Taliban' Lindh released as Afghan war still boils

Washington - John Walker Lindh, the US Muslim convert who came to be known as the "American Taliban" after being captured while fighting in Afghanistan in 2001, was released Thursday after serving 17 years in a federal prison.

Thirty-two dead in Tajikistan prison riot

Dushanbe - At least 32 people were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan, including 19 members of the Islamic State jihadist group and three guards, authorities said Monday.

Prison riot in Tajikistan leaves 32 dead

Dushanbe - A riot at a prison in Tajikistan has left 32 people dead, including 24 members of the Islamic State militant group and three guards, authorities said Monday.

Review: McCraney’s ‘Brothers Size’ rocks the stage with spectacle, heart Special

Toronto - Director Barry Jenkins received much of the credit for the brilliance of the Oscar-winning 2016 film “Moonlight”. But Tarell Alvin McCraney, on whose unpublished 2003 play the movie was based, is himself a distinctive creative voice to behold.

Indonesian police hunt inmates after mass prison break

Jakarta - More than 100 inmates escaped from an Indonesian jail on Sumatra island on Saturday, police said, in the latest breakout to hit the country’s creaking prison system.

Fears of new jihadist 'academies' as Iraqi jails fill up

Baghdad - As Iraq tries thousands of locals and foreigners accused of joining the Islamic State group, experts warn its jails could once again become "academies" for jihadists.

Venezuela arrested 2,000 this year for political reasons: NGO

Caracas - More than 2,000 people have been arrested in Venezuela for political reasons since the beginning of the year, most of them detained during anti-government protests, an NGO reported Tuesday.

Turkish Kurd leader Ocalan meets lawyers for first time since 2011

Istanbul - The leader of Turkey's militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, has met his lawyers for the first time in eight years, one of them said on Monday. "This is the first meeting with the lawyers since 2011.

Jailed US-Iranian hopes new prosecutor will release him

Tehran - An Iranian-American serving a ten-year sentence for spying will request conditional release due to a change of Tehran's prosecutor, his lawyer said, quoted by state media Tuesday.

Commander of Guantanamo prison removed

Washington - The commander of the US prison at Guantanamo, where 40 "war on terror" detainees are still held after 17 years, has been fired for "loss of confidence," the military said Monday.

Brazil is governed by 'gang of madmen': Lula

Rio De Janeiro - Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday said the country is governed by a "gang of madmen" in his first interview from prison, where he is serving an almost nine year sentence.

Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture

Managua - One Nicaraguan guard pinned his hand to a table with his knee while another ripped out a nail with a pair of pliers. Opposition supporter Lenin Rojas, recently released from prison to house arrest, says he screamed in pain.

Sudan's Bashir transferred to prison: family source

Khartoum - Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison following his toppling by the army last week, a source from his family told AFP on Wednesday.

Venezuelan prison sees 65 inmates escape on Caribbean island

Caracas - Venezuela's Margarita Island in the Caribbean, a magnet for tourists around the world, was on lockdown Tuesday after 65 inmates escaped from a local prison, officials said.

Helicopter pilot in French gangster's prison break released

Paris - The pilot of a helicopter used in the Hollywood-style prison break of a notorious French gangster last year was freed without charge Wednesday, along with his step-daughter and another person, a judicial source said in the latest twist in a sensational...

Rehabilitating El Salvador gang members have message for Trump

Chalatenango - Some 1,700 imprisoned gang members in El Salvador claiming to be turning around their lives in a rehabilitation program have a message for US President Donald Trump: they're neither "terrorists" nor "animals.

Leading Egypt activist out on probation after 5 years in jail

Apo - Egypt's most prominent pro-democracy activist, Alaa Abdel Fattah, was released on probation Friday after five years in prison on charges of organising an illegal protest.

Vietnamese blogger who vanished in Thailand jailed in Hanoi

Hanoi - A Vietnamese blogger who vanished in Thailand earlier this year is being held in a Hanoi prison, his friend and wife confirmed Thursday.

'Hold the compass or die': jailed migrants recount ordeal

Trapani - Gambian Cherno Jallow, Senegalese Cheikhaya Dieng, and Ivorian Fofana Lamine, are finishing 44-month jail sentences in Italy after people smugglers forced them to navigate boats across the Mediterranean.

French prison guards protest attack by 'radicalised' inmate

Cond - Prison guards blocked access to 18 jails on Wednesday to protest working conditions after the stabbing of two guards by a radicalised inmate.

French prison guards protest attack by 'radicalised' inmate

Cond - About 60 guards Wednesday blocked access to a prison in northwest France where a 'radicalised' inmate had seriously wounded two of their colleagues in a knife attack.

Uzbek ex-leader's daughter sent to prison

Tashkent - The daughter of Uzbekistan's late president Islam Karimov has been sent to prison for allegedly violating the terms of her house arrest, prosecutors said on Wednesday.
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