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Guantanamo prison takes on geriatric airs

Fpo - The controversial Guantanamo Bay prison still houses 40 aging inmates -- and with no plans to close it, many of them will probably remain there until they die.

'First sunrise in years': freed Venezuela activist arrives in Madrid

Madrid - Fresh from his release after four years behind bars, Venezuelan opposition activist Lorent Saleh said Saturday he had seen the sunrise for the first time since he was detained as he arrived in Madrid.

France summons Venezuela ambassador over activist's death

Paris - France on Thursday summoned Venezuela's ambassador to Paris over the death in detention of a Venezuelan opposition activist.

Iran rights activist out on three-day prison leave

Tehran - Prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been granted a three-day leave from prison to visit her ailing father, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported Thursday.

HRW accuses Yemen rebels of hostage-taking, torture

Dubai - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Yemen's Huthi rebels of hostage-taking, torture and other serious abuses against people in their custody.

Italian youths rally to free screenings of police violence film

Rome - Thousands of Italians are flocking to illegal free public screenings of a new film about a young man's 2009 death in custody, a potent symbol of police violence and a merciless penal system.

Myanmar jailbreakers could be heading to Thailand

More than 30 inmates on the run after a Myanmar jailbreak may try to cross into Thailand, an official said Monday, a day after they hijacked a garbage truck and ploughed through the prison gates.

Rwandan opposition leader freed from jail

Kigali - Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire was unexpectedly freed from jail on Saturday after President Paul Kagame granted her early release, alongside more than 2,000 other prisoners.

US could send Islamic State 'Beatles', others to Guantanamo: report

Washington - The Trump administration is considering sending some captured Islamic State fighters, including the two "Beatles," British citizens who took part in beheadings, to the military-run prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, NBC reported Thursday.

Russia under fire over jailed Ukraine filmmaker at European court

Strasbourg - Ukraine has made a new application against Moscow at the European Court of Human Rights over the detention of hunger-striking film director Oleg Sentsov and dozens of other Ukranians jailed in Russia, the ECHR said Monday.

US urges Russia to 'immediately release' Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to "immediately release" jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for more than three months.

Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov enters day 100 of hunger strike

Moscow - Western governments and activists on Tuesday stepped up pressure on Russia to free jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov as he reached day 100 of a hunger strike.

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.

Two Americans captured in Syria returned to US

Washington - Two Americans who were captured in Syria and are accused of supporting the Islamic State group have been transferred back to the United States.

Iraq admits holding 'terrorism' suspects for months: HRW

Baghdad - An Iraqi security agency has admitted holding hundreds of "terrorism" suspects for months, Human Rights Watch said Sunday while calling on authorities to inform the families of those held.

Rome's green-fingered inmates plant seeds for future

Rome - It's 7:30 am at Rome's Rebibbia prison as inmates pile into a minibus headed for a day of freedom -- and a taste of life after incarceration.

Police hunt for notorious French gangster after brazen helicopter jailbreak

R - French police across the country have launched a massive manhunt for a notorious gangster who said his life of crime was inspired by Hollywood films like "Scarface", after he pulled off a spectacular jailbreak Sunday, fleeing his prison aboard a hijack...

Notorious thief flees French jail by helicopter

Paris - A notorious career thief who was once France's most-wanted man pulled off a daring jailbreak on Sunday, fleeing a prison in the Paris area by helicopter, officials said.

Mass killer Breivik appeal ruling due at European rights court

Strasbourg - Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik will learn Thursday the result of his appeal at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against his prison conditions in Norway.

UN chief urged to raise Ukrainian prisoners in talks with Putin

New York - The United States, France, Britain and 35 other countries asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday to raise the case of jailed film director Oleg Sentsov and dozens of other Ukrainian prisoners during his talks with Russian President Vla...

Venezuela releases prisoners accused of 'political violence'

Caracas - Venezuela on Wednesday said it had released a group of 43 prisoners accused of "political violence," part of a program undertaken by President Nicolas Maduro after his controversial re-election.

Alma mater: the Pyongyang university where detainees taught

Seoul - The university where two of the latest three American detainees released by North Korea taught is unique: an institution founded and funded by foreign Christians in an isolated country that decries religion.

Pyongyang university welcomes release of Americans who taught there

Seoul - The foreign-funded university in North Korea that two of the three released American detainees taught at has welcomed the trio's release.

Police hostage crisis at Indonesia jail over: officials

Kampungsengon - A hostage crisis involving Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail outside Jakarta has been resolved nearly two days after a deadly riot broke out at the prison, Indonesian officials said Thursday.

Trump to greet Americans freed by North Korea

Washington - US President Donald Trump will greet three Americans released by North Korea at an airbase near Washington Thursday, underscoring a much needed diplomatic win and a stepping stone to a historic summit with Kim Jong Un.

German search for WWII missing drawing to sombre close

Munich - Diethild Heubel pulls a precious document from a binder: a yellowed decades-old letter, neatly handwritten by her father, a German soldier taken prisoner at the end of World War II.

As ETA prepares to disband Basque prisoners pine for home

Bayonne - Nearly every weekend finds Zigor Goieaskoetxea on the road, clocking up thousands of kilometres to visit two jailed brothers -- one in France, one in Spain.

Iran would talk prisoners if US shows respect: Zarif

Washington - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is open to prisoner swap negotiations with the US if the Trump administration shows a "change of attitude.

Palestinians protest to support prisoners in Israeli jails

Gaza - Several thousand people protested in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Tuesday to mark an annual day in support of Palestinians jailed by Israel.

Massive march in Barcelona against jailing of separatist leaders

Barcelona - Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to protest the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders facing trial on "rebellion" charges.
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