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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.

Sweden condemns China's 'brutal' snatching of Swedish bookseller

Stockholm - Stockholm on Monday condemned Beijing over the "brutal" seizure of its citizen and book publisher Gui Minhai in mainland China while being accompanied by Swedish diplomats and demanded his release.

Now defeated, Iraq's most feared jihadists await their fate

Baghdad - Their names spread terror across the Islamic State group's cross-border "caliphate", but senior jihadists now languish in Iraqi prisons, subjects of mockery for the populace they ruled.

US welcomes Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap but says more can be done

Washington - The United States on Thursday welcomed the mass prisoner swap by Ukraine and Russian-backed separatist rebels, but called on both sides in the conflict to go farther, asking Moscow to help put an end to the fighting.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels in mass prisoner swap

Horlivka - Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels have swapped hundreds of prisoners in the war-torn east of the country, one of the largest such exchanges since the outbreak of an insurgency almost four years ago.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels in biggest prisoner swap since 2014

Horlivka - Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels Wednesday began to exchange more than 300 prisoners in the war-torn east of the country, the largest such swap since the insurgency broke out in 2014.

Venezuela government releases 36 political opponents from jails

Caracas - The Venezuelan government has released fewer than half of the 80 jailed political opponents it promised to free over Christmas as a goodwill gesture, human rights observers said on Sunday.

Venezuela frees first of 80 opponents in rare good will move

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities late Saturday began releasing some of those detained during demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government, a rare goodwill gesture to the opposition at the end of a politically torrid year.

UN expert says Guantanamo torture continuing

Geneva - The UN's top expert on torture on Wednesday said reports from sources indicated at least one inmate was still being tortured at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay and reiterated his request to visit.

Aboriginal children suffer 'shocking' treatment: probe

Sydney - Aboriginal children are subjected to "shocking" treatment at youth detention centres in northern Australia, an investigation revealed Friday, after a video of violence against mostly indigenous boys sparked outrage.

Egypt summons European envoys who criticised arrest of rights lawyer

Cairo - Egypt summoned Sunday the ambassadors of Germany, Italy and The Netherlands after they criticised the arrest of an Egyptian human rights lawyer opposed to enforced disappearances, the foreign ministry said.

Venezuelan opposition figure freed: assembly member

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have released opposition figure Yon Goicoechea after his arrest 14 months ago for allegedly possessing explosives, a National Assembly member said early Saturday.

Canadian supporters seek release of Paris synagogue attack suspect

Ottawa - Supporters of Hassan Diab, a Canadian professor suspected in a deadly 1980 attack on a Paris synagogue, asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday to encourage French authorities to release him.
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The bones and teeth speak to us of the malnutrition, disease and suffering the Scottish prisoners endured.
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Protestors demonstrated in support of the couple in London recently
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Durham remains belong to 17th century Scottish prisoners of war.
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French prisoners made a video dancing the Harlem Shake
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Five inmates sue alcohol manufacturers blaming the companies for crimes.
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