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Afghan prisoners die after swallowing pills in riot

Herat - Seven prisoners died in western Afghanistan after they swallowed "poisonous" pills stolen from the jail's clinic during a riot, officials said on Thursday.

South Korean ex-president Lee ordered back to prison for 17 years

Seoul - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was ordered back to prison Thursday as the country's Supreme Court upheld a 17-year jail term for bribery and embezzlement offences.

Mexico shuts jail made infamous by El Chapo's escape

El Salto - Mexico says it is closing the Puente Grande maximum security prison where notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman made his first escape in a laundry cart.

Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jail

Tangerang - A Chinese drug trafficker on death row escaped from a jail near Indonesia's capital after digging a 30-metre (100 feet) tunnel from his cell, police said.

Salvador government probed over 'negotiations' with crime gang

Sansalvador - Prosecutors in El Salvador are investigating alleged secret negotiations between government officials and a prominent organized crime gang that has long terrorized the Central American nation.

Brazil's squalid jails get even worse as virus spreads

Bras - Squalid, overcrowded and prone to deadly riots, Brazil's prisons now face a new problem as COVID-19 spreads inside them, pushing already precarious health services to the brink and increasing inmates' isolation from their families.

In Mali's largest prison, coronavirus kept at bay

Bamako - Mali's largest jail is a squalid and overcrowded colonial-era throwback that in theory is an open invitation to coronavirus.

At least 20 killed in Afghan prison raid claimed by Islamic State

Jalalabad - At least 20 people have been killed in a raid claimed by the Islamic State group on an Afghan prison, officials said Monday, shattering a ceasefire between the Taliban and government forces marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Australian woman freed from jail for Bali police killing

Denpasar - An Australian woman jailed with her British DJ boyfriend for beating a Bali policeman to death was freed Thursday after nearly four years in prison on the Indonesian holiday island.

Former 'MythBusters' co-host Grant Imahara dies at 49

Washington - Grant Imahara, who co-hosted the popular science TV show "MythBusters" and worked behind the scenes on three "Star Wars" films, has died at age 49, the Discovery Channel said Monday.

US seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown

Washington - US customs officials said Wednesday they had seized a shipment of products made from human hair believed to be made by Muslims in labor camps in China's western Xinjiang region.

Snail-inspired video opera launched to aid jailed Turkish civic leader

London - Supporters of a jailed Turkish civil society leader unveiled a unique video opera on Tuesday to highlight his plight -- themed around two snails, a salad and solitary confinement.

Jailed UK-Iranian pleads with PM Johnson to help inmates

London - The sound is a little fuzzy but Anoosheh Ashoori's voice does not falter as he delivers his message to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson from inside Iran's Evin jail.

Dubai prison: Virtual visits and court hearing amid virus crisis

Dubai - Behind a glass, sound-proof door, an inmate speaks with someone on a computer screen after visits to the Dubai prison were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian prison drug intercepts spike during virus lockdown

Sydney - Prisons in Australia have seen a spike in drugs intercepted in mail since the coronavirus outbreak saw visits suspended, with substances concealed in letters, cards and even a child's painting, officials said Sunday.

Italy tightens rules on mafia virus prison releases

Rome - The Italian government has tightened up conditions for the release of mafia mobsters from jail due to coronavirus fears after an outcry over the scheme meant to protect them against infection.

Egyptian video maker died of alcohol poisoning in jail: prosecutor

Apo - Egypt's public prosecutor said Tuesday that alcohol poisoning caused the death in jail of a young music-video maker after he drank liquid sanitiser he had mistaken for water.

Coronavirus sweeping through massive US prison population

Washington - A massive wave of coronavirus infections is blasting through the world's largest prison population in the United States even as officials begin opening up their economies, saying the disease has plateaued.

Venezuela prison riot leaves 47 dead, 75 wounded

Caracas - A prison riot has left at least 47 dead and 75 wounded in western Venezuela, a country where NGOs and inmates' families regularly denounce unsanitary conditions, violence and overcrowding behind bars.

Egypt director of video critical of Sisi dies in jail

Beirut - A young Egyptian film-maker imprisoned for directing a music video critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has died in a Cairo jail, his lawyer said Saturday.

Argentine prison riot over coronavirus ends with promise of talks

Buenos Aires - A prison riot in Argentina over fears of the coronavirus spreading in the facility ended Friday after inmates agreed to hold talks with officials, local media reported.

Peru to release 3,000 prisoners under virus amnesty

- Peru will release under amnesty about 3,000 prisoners including those who are particularly at risk from the coronavirus pandemic, the justice minister has said.

Iran prisoners 'on edge' over virus threat

Paris - The crippling uncertainty behind bars as a deadly disease rages. A lack of proper sanitary equipment. Riots by desperate detainees that allegedly have left dozens dead. And executions that proceed in spite of the outbreak.

Virus outbreak at Philippine jail fuels calls for prisoner releases

Manila - Eighteen guards and inmates at a jam-packed Philippine prison have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Friday, heightening fears of a rapid spread of the illness inside the country's jails.

Pandemic worsens plight of Middle East prisoners

Apo - As governments in the Middle East isolate their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus, attention is turning to the region's jails, where detainees face a more punishing form of lockdown.

Colombia releases 4,000 prisoners over coronavirus

Apo - Colombia on Wednesday ordered the temporary release of more than 4,000 prisoners, in an effort to reduce overcrowding and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Two prisoners have already died from COVID-19 in the South American country.

Haiti's crowded prisons a coronavirus catastrophe waiting to happen

Port-au-prince - Imagine the struggle of containing the coronavirus if it hits Haiti's hellish prison system, the world's most overcrowded, where filthy, sometimes windowless cells meant to house 20 people are teeming with up to 80, unable to even go outside for fresh ...

Prisoners dread virus outbreak in race against time

Jakarta - Sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder on the floor of a crumbling, windowless room, prisoners in Indonesia fear an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus inside its walls is a "disaster waiting to happen".

Campaigners urge Russia to release prisoners, as virus spreads

Moscow - Rights campaigners are urging the Russian government to consider releasing some pre-trial detainees and prisoners held in the country's packed jails, warning of the "devastating consequences" of the coronavirus pandemic.

US to free some prisoners amid coronavirus threat

Washington - US Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday he had instructed federal prisons to free some inmates to lessen the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.
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