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Pressure mounts to repatriate and try IS foreign fighters

Washington - US President Donald Trump's decision to take custody of dozens of high-value Islamic State militants from the under-siege Kurds avoided their possible release but raised the pressure on Washington and its allies to accept them for trial.

Syria Kurds say prison housing IS fighters hit by Turkey

Beirut - Syria's Kurds said Thursday that Turkish bombardment had hit a prison they use to house captured Islamic State group fighters, despite Ankara's pledge to do nothing to undermine the campaign against the jihadists."The Turkish regime...

US takes custody of two notorious Islamic State 'Beatles' from Syria Kurds

Washington - Two notorious Islamic State jihadists dubbed "The Beatles" who were held by Syrian Kurds are now in US custody and have been moved out of the country, President Donald Trump said early Thursday.

Yemen rebels free 290 prisoners in move hailed by UN, ICRC

Sanaa - Yemen's Huthi rebels have freed 290 prisoners, including dozens of survivors from a Saudi-led coalition strike on a detention centre earlier this month, the ICRC said Monday.

Yemen rebels free 290 prisoners: ICRC

Sanaa - Yemen's Huthi rebels have freed 290 prisoners, including dozens of survivors from a Saudi-led coalition strike on a detention centre earlier this month, the ICRC said Monday.

Trump threatens to release IS captives at European borders

Washington - US President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to release Islamic State prisoners at European borders if France, Germany and other countries don't take back their captured nationals.

Russians protest over crackdown in growing solidarity campaign

Moscow - A campaign in support of jailed Russian demonstrators gained momentum Wednesday, with celebrities, priests and teachers calling for their release and more than 200 people protesting outside the presidential administration.

Family releases name of Australian woman detained in Iran

Sydney - One of three Australians recently revealed to be detained in Iran was identified by her family on Saturday as a Melbourne University lecturer.

Lebanon detains former militia member accused of torture

Beirut - Lebanon has detained a senior member of a disbanded Israel-backed militia, a judicial source said Thursday, after his return to the country sparked widespread condemnation and revived accusations of torture.

Australia calls on Iran to treat detainees 'humanely'

Sydney - Australia on Thursday called on Tehran to treat "humanely" three citizens detained in Iran, as it emerged two of those arrested were a travel-blogging couple on an overland trip to Britain.

Three Australians detained in Iran

Sydney - Australia on Wednesday revealed that three of its citizens had been detained in Iran, the latest in a series of Westerners to be seized by authorities in Tehran.

Russia journalist freed in prisoner swap with Kiev thanks Putin

Moscow - Kyrylo Vyshynsky, a Russian-Ukrainian journalist flown to Moscow as part of a landmark prisoner swap with Kiev, on Monday thanked President Vladimir Putin and said his case was politically motivated.

Prisoner swap a big win for Ukraine's Zelensky, but at a price

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky scored a big win by exchanging prisoners with Russia, experts say, but Moscow made him pay a heavy price and will be looking for more concessions.

Netherlands urged Ukraine not to send MH17 suspect to Russia

Den Haag - The Netherlands said Saturday it had pressed Kiev in vain to drop the handover to Russia of a key figure in the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and regrets it was done.

Ukraine's Sentsov calls for release of other prisoners

Kiev - Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov called for the release of other Ukrainians held by Moscow as he was set free Saturday in a historic prisoner swap with Russia.

Who are the prisoners exchanged by Moscow and Kiev?

Moscow - Russia and Ukraine carried out a long-awaited swap of 70 prisoners on Saturday.As a result of five years of bitter conflict, dozens of prisoners have been held by the two ex-Soviet countries. Here are the high-profile prisoners involved in the swap.

Russia, Ukraine swap prisoners in landmark 'first step' to ease tensions

Kiev - Russia and Ukraine made a long-awaited swap of 70 prisoners on Saturday, a deal hailed as a first step towards ending five years of tensions and conflict.

Putin says finalising 'large-scale' prisoner swap with Ukraine

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Moscow was completing negotiations on a "large-scale" prisoner swap with Kiev, in what could be a step towards easing tensions between the neighbours.

Ukraine denies reports of prisoner swap with Russia

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday denied reports that a prisoner swap with Russia was underway, as announced earlier by some Russian media and a Ukrainian official."The process for the mutual release of prisoners is continuing.

Apology over New Zealand mosque accused's 'hateful' letter

Wellington - Officials in New Zealand apologised Thursday after the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman was allowed to send a letter from prison espousing "hateful" views that a supporter then shared online.

Kiev offers to swap jailed Russia journalist for filmmaker Sentsov

Kiev - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday offered to hand Moscow a detained Russian state media journalist in exchange for Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov who is behind bars in a Russian Arctic penal colony.

Florida sued over law barring ex-cons from right to vote

Miami - Human rights groups on Friday sued Florida over a law that in effect denies more than a million ex-convicts the right to vote in the 2020 presidential election in the key swing state.

British-Iranian begins fresh hunger strike in Tehran jail

London - A British-Iranian mother being held in a Tehran prison on sedition charges has begun another hunger strike in protest at her detention, her husband said Saturday.

Nicaragua frees 50 opposition prisoners under amnesty law

Managua - Nicaragua on Monday released 50 opposition prisoners under a controversial new law granting amnesty to protesters and police involved in last year's deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

Nicaragua approves amnesty for police, political prisoners

Managua - Nicaragua's parliament on Saturday approved a law granting amnesty to protesters and police involved in last year's deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

Turkey frees US scientist but tensions remain

Washington - Turkey on Wednesday released a NASA scientist with dual US-Turkish citizenship whose nearly three-year detention had soured relations, but the NATO allies remained divided over issues including Ankara's purchase of a Russian missile system.

After years in jail, Syrian mother eyes new life

Idlib - After giving birth and raising a toddler during four years in a Syrian prison, 30-year-old Hasna Dbeis is now free -- and determined to forge a new life for her family.

Inmates show off crochet creations in Brazil prison fashion show

S - The catwalk came to a Brazilian prison Wednesday when models from the Sao Paulo Fashion Week paraded a collection at a maximum security facility in front of the inmates who created them.

Study says Russia holding 236 political prisoners

Washington - Russia is holding 236 political prisoners, a significant increase over the past few years as President Vladimir Putin goes on the offensive against perceived threats, a study backed by human rights advocates said Monday.

US voices concern for Baha'i facing death from Yemen Huthis

Washington - The United States urged Yemen's Huthi rebels to end mistreatment of members of the Baha'i faith, as the community on Thursday criticized as "absurd" prosecutor's allegations against a believer sentenced to death.
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