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Afghan leader urges mega gathering to decide on 400 Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged thousands of prominent citizens gathered in Kabul on Friday to decide whether to release about 400 Taliban prisoners, including many involved in attacks that killed scores of Afghans and foreigners.

Afghan president orders release of 500 Taliban inmates

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday ordered the release of 500 Taliban prisoners as part of a new ceasefire that could lead into long-delayed peace talks.

Ex-envoy fails to secure prisoners in talks with Venezuela's Maduro

Washington - Former US ambassador Bill Richardson has failed to bring back jailed Americans from Venezuela after meeting President Nicolas Maduro, whom Washington is seeking to topple.

Ex-US envoy Richardson to see Venezuela's Maduro over prisoners

Washington - Former US ambassador Bill Richardson will meet Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to seek the release of prisoners, his office said Monday, a sharp contrast to the administration's shunning of the leftist leader.

After 'reconciliation': Syria regime's silent crackdown

Beirut - Syrian army defector Salam had signed a surrender deal with the regime supposed to protect him, but after reporting for military service, he disappeared and months later was declared dead."He went off and never came back," his elder brother told AFP.

Freed Taliban prisoners eye return to the battlefield

Kabul - Afghan authorities are opening prison doors for thousands of Taliban inmates in a high-risk gambit to ensure the insurgent group begins peace talks with Kabul.

Iran says scientist back home from US after prisoner swap

Tehran - An Iranian scientist returned home Monday after his release from a US jail in what the Islamic republic said was a prisoner exchange it hopes can be repeated between the arch-foes.

Trump hopeful for Iran after American freed in prisoner swap

Washington - President Donald Trump voiced hope for progress with arch-rival Iran on Thursday after the clerical regime released a US Navy veteran and the United States freed two Iranians.

US Navy veteran leaves Iran day after scientist returns to Tehran

Washington - US Navy veteran Michael White has been freed and left Iran nearly two years after his arrest, his mother said Thursday, following the US release of an Iranian scientist.

Iranian scientist freed by US back in Iran: reports

Tehran - Iranian scientist Sirous Asgari has arrived back in Iran after being released from prison by its arch-foe the United States, Iranian media reported Wednesday.

Iran says scientist jailed in US flying home

Tehran - Iranian scientist Sirous Asgari has flown out of the United States after being released from prison and will return to the Islamic republic on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said.

Plane carrying Iran scientist jailed in US has taken off: Zarif

Tehran - Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday that a plane had taken off from arch-foe the United States carrying scientist Sirous Asgari after his apparent release from a US prison."Good news, a plane carrying Dr. Sirous Asgari has taken off from America.

Pompeo demands Russia free ill American accused of spying

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday demanded that Russia free a former US marine accused of spying in Russia after the man underwent urgent surgery in a Moscow hospital.

Qatar confirms virus in jail, denies widespread outbreak

Doha - Qatar confirmed 12 cases of COVID-19 at a jail on Tuesday as campaign group Human Rights Watch warned other prisoners could be at risk of contracting the disease.

Pompeo says US to use 'every tool' to free Americans in Venezuela

Washington - The United States will use all options to free two Americans said to be detained in a failed mercenary attack in Venezuela, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

Myanmar releases 25,000 prisoners amid virus fears

More than a quarter of Myanmar's prison population is being released, the president's office announced Friday, after calls grew to ease pressure on overcrowded jails with coronavirus fears gripping the country.

Turkey to release thousands of prisoners over coronavirus

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved a law that allows for the release tens of thousands of prisoners as a safety measure against the coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey MPs back law freeing thousands of prisoners over coronavirus

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved a law that allows for the release tens of thousands of prisoners as a safety measure against the coronavirus outbreak.

Taliban set to release 20 prisoners: insurgent spokesman

Kabul - The Taliban on Sunday said it was set to release 20 prisoners in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, in a potential breakthrough after the insurgents walked out of talks with the government last week.

Taliban protest as Kabul releases another 100 insurgents

Kabul - The Afghan government said it would release another 100 Taliban inmates Thursday, even though the insurgents have walked out of talks over a comprehensive prisoner swap and dismissed Kabul's piecemeal freeing of captives as "unacceptable".

Ex-Chad dictator temporarily released from jail due to virus

Dakar - A Senegal judge has granted Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre two months' leave from prison, where he is serving life for crimes against humanity, as the jail is being used to hold new detainees in coronavirus quarantine.

Isolation blues? Myanmar's ex-political prisoners share survival tips

From meditation to memory games, former political prisoners in Myanmar are dishing out tips on surviving isolation in a pandemic as the country once severed from the world again closes its borders.

Afghan govt holds talks with Taliban in Kabul on prisoner swap

Kabul - Afghan government representatives have met with the Taliban in Kabul for the first time to discuss a prisoner swap aimed at jump-starting a floundering peace process, officials said Wednesday.

Afghan govt holds talks with Taliban in Kabul on prisoner swap

Kabul - Afghan government representatives have met with the Taliban in Kabul for the first time to discuss a prisoner swap aimed at jump-starting a floundering peace process, officials said Wednesday.

Afghanistan to release up to 10,000 prisoners to slow coronavirus spread

Kabul - Afghanistan has ordered the release of up to 10,000 prisoners -- mostly women, juveniles and sick people -- in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials said Thursday.

W.House says ex-FBI agent may be dead; Iran says left 'years ago'

Washington - The White House said Thursday that a missing former FBI agent may have died in Iran, acknowledging his family's conclusions, but Tehran said he had left the country years ago.

Iran says missing ex-FBI agent left country 'years ago'

Tehran - Iran implicitly denied Thursday that a missing former FBI agent had died in its custody as his family claims, restating its longstanding position that he left the Islamic republic "years ago".

Ex-FBI agent missing for 13 years died in Iran custody, family says

Washington - A former FBI agent who mysteriously vanished in 2007 died in Iranian custody, his family concluded Wednesday, saying US intelligence had made them give up 13 years of hope.

US envoy says Kabul, Taliban in first prisoner exchange talks

Washington - The Afghan government and the Taliban on Sunday held their first discussion on arranging prisoner exchanges, a key step in a broader push for peace, the US special envoy for Afghanistan said on Twitter.

Iran frees French researcher in apparent prisoner swap

- President Emmanuel Macron announced Saturday that Iran has freed a French researcher imprisoned in the Islamic republic after France released an Iranian threatened with extradition to the US.
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