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Prison sex, drugs and bribery scandal shocks Philippines

Manila - A sex, drugs and bribery scandal at the Philippines' main prison, where a raid uncovered drug lords "living like kings" in luxury cells with stripper bars and jacuzzis, has shocked a country inured to tales of official corruption.

Kerry slams Iran over reports U.S. journalist charged

Washington - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he was "deeply disappointed" by reports that a U.S. journalist jailed in Iran had been charged and denied bail more than four months after his arrest.

U.S. reporter's detention in Iran extended

Washington - The detention of the Washington Post's bureau chief in Tehran has been extended for up to 60 days, the paper said Wednesday, quoting his family.Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, also a journalist, were arrested in July.

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In 1974, crop-duster Bob Howe flew his plane into a power line while flying low over fields. Miraculously, he and his plane came through unharmed.

Death toll soars in Venezuela prison poisoning: lawmaker

Caracas - The death toll from the mass poisoning this week of inmates at a Venezuelan jail has risen to 35, a lawmaker said Friday, though prison officials insisted the tally was far lower.

Hunger-striking inmates die of poisoning in Venezuela

Caracas - As many as 25 Venezuelan hunger striking inmates have died, a rights group said Thursday, after they drank what prison authorities said was a cocktail of prescription drugs and grain alcohol.

Thirteen inmates dead of poisoning in Venezuela: Government

Caracas - Thirteen Venezuelan inmates who had been on a hunger strike over prison conditions died after drinking a cocktail of prescription drugs and grain alcohol, the government said.

Romania ex-prison boss 'must pay' for deaths: Inmate

Bucharest - The last surviving inmate from a notorious communist-era Romanian prison told a court Wednesday its one-time boss "must pay" for his cruelty at the jail where at least 14 died of cold and hunger.

Mass murderer Charles Manson to marry in prison

Los Angeles - He may not be everyone's idea of a good catch, but mass murderer Charles Manson has been granted a marriage license to wed a 26-year-old woman who has been visiting him in prison.

Joran van der Sloot reportedly stabbed in Peruvian prison

The wife of Joran van der Sloot, who is serving time in a Peruvian prison for murder, says her husband was seriously injured in a stabbing.

Convicted murderer sues state over porn being banned in prison

A convicted murderer in Connecticut is suing the state over a ban on porn in prison, saying it violates his constitutional rights.

Brazil inmates take guards hostage in latest riot

Bras - Inmates at a Brazilian prison took 12 guards and several fellow inmates hostage in the latest of a series of uprisings.

Belgium agrees to sex offender's request for mercy killing

Brussels - Belgium, one of only a few countries to allow euthanasia, has accepted a serial rapist's request that he be allowed to die, his lawyer said on Monday.

Teen faces prison time for simulating oral sex with Jesus statue

Everett - A 14-year-old boy from Everett, Pennsylvania, stood in front of a Jesus statue and simulated oral sex with its face. He now faces up to two years in jail.

Mother who gave daughter 'abortion pill' sentenced to prison

A mother in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison for obtaining 'abortion pills' online and giving them to her teen daughter to end her pregnancy.

Breivik attempts to start 'fascist' party from prison

Oslo - Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011, says he wants to establish a "fascist" party from prison, claiming this could prevent a repeat of his massacre.

Guatemala prison chief arrested in corruption probe

Guatemala City - The head of Guatemala's prison system was arrested on bribery and money-laundering charges linked to a notorious jail-based criminal syndicate, prosecutors said.

Latin America's prisons in critical condition

Montevideo - Latin America's prisons are overcrowded, violent and sometimes lack even the most basic services, despite the fact that several of the region's current leaders themselves spent time behind bars.

Uruguay denies cold feet on taking Guantanamo detainees

Montevideo - Uruguay denied that it had delayed taking in six detainees from the US military prison at Guantanamo, saying no date for the transfer had been set yet.

Deal reached to end deadly Brazil prison riot

Cascavel - Authorities reached a deal with rioting Brazilian prisoners Monday who killed four fellow inmates, beheading two of them, and held two guards hostage.

Bill will allow e-cigarettes to be sold to inmates

There’s a new bill in town for Raleigh, N.C., and its purpose is to allow jails throughout the state to sell e-cigarettes to prisoners. The only step left is for Governor Pat McCrory to sign the bill into action.

Mother takes son back to Ukraine prison after war jailbreak

Donetsk - Just hours after he bust out of a high-security prison as it was rocked by mortar blasts in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, Natalya Nikitenko drove her son right back to jail."He himself said that he had to return so it wouldn't count as escaping.

Armed commandos storm Haitian prison, free numerous inmates

Croix Des Bouquets - An undetermined number of prison inmates are on the loose after heavily armed men attacked Haiti's Croix-des-Bouquets prison.

Dozens of inmates flee after Haiti jailbreak

Port-au-prince - A jailbreak at a high-security prison near Haiti's capital left dozens of inmates on the loose, police said.The escape came after a mutiny erupted in the jail, a spokesman for Haiti's national police said."It was a spectacular escape.

Irish drug smuggler in Peru set for switch to N. Ireland jail

Lima - Peruvian authorities have accepted a request to transfer an Irish woman jailed for attempted cocaine smuggling to a prison back home in Northern Ireland, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Reason for last week's botched Arizona execution still a mystery

Florence - An Arizona medical examiner said Monday that he could find no reason why a convicted murderer who was given a lethal injection last week took nearly two hours to die in a possible violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Drone crashes in Dublin prison

London - An investigation was launched Wednesday after a remote-controlled helicopter, suspected to be carrying drugs, crash-landed in an exercise yard at one of Dublin's largest prisons.

Florida inmates smuggle gun into prison to shoot themselves

Lake City - To paraphrase the poet Robert Burns, "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Two Florida inmates can testify to that as an elaborate scheme to get their sentences reduced by shooting each other was a bust.

Liberia's Taylor applies to serve jail term in Rwanda

London - Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has formally applied to serve the rest of his jail term for war crimes in Rwanda, saying his imprisonment in Britain breaches his human rights, his lawyer said Thursday.

Liberia's Taylor applies to serve jail term in Rwanda

London - Former Liberian president Charles Taylor says his imprisonment in Britain breaches his human rights and has applied to serve the rest of his jail term for war crimes in Rwanda, his lawyer said Thursday.
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