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Nicaragua releases dozens of political prisoners

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government on Monday released 91 opposition prisoners held following a deadly crackdown on 2018 protests in the Central American country.

Nicaragua releases dozens of political prisoners

Managua - Nicaraguan authorities on Monday released more than 30 political prisoners held following a deadly crackdown on 2018 protests in the Central American country, a human rights body said.

Ukraine rivals to swap prisoners Sunday

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists in the war-torn east of the country are expected to swap dozens of prisoners in a frontline operation on Sunday.

US hopeful for Iran prisoner talks but imposes new sanctions

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he hoped for further dialogue with Iran to free prisoners but announced new sanctions as he vowed no let-up in pressure.

Huthi prisoners freed in Saudi Arabia, flown to Yemen

Sanaa - Some 128 Huthi rebels detained in Saudi Arabia were released and flown to the Yemeni capital on Thursday, as efforts to end the five-year conflict gain momentum.

Nigeria army frees hundreds of cleared 'Boko Haram' suspects

Maiduguri - Nigeria's army on Wednesday released nearly 1,000 detainees, some of whom had been held for years, after clearing them of having links to the Boko Haram jihadist group.

New leak reveals how China runs Xinjiang camps

Bejing - Leaked government documents outlining the need to prevent escape, double lock doors and constantly monitor detainees in China's network of internment camps in Xinjiang refute Beijing's defence of "vocational education centres" in the region, experts sa...

Mothers of Russian prisoners demand justice from Putin

Moscow - Mothers of Russian prisoners denounced the prosecution of protesters as a "travesty of justice" as they gathered outside the offices of the presidential administration on Tuesday.

Afghanistan to release senior Taliban prisoners in apparent swap

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday that three high-ranking Taliban prisoners would be released, in an apparent exchange for two Western hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016.

More than 100 Islamic State prisoners have escaped in Syria: US envoy

Washington - More than 100 prisoners of the Islamic State extremist movement have escaped in Syria in the chaos since Turkey's incursion, a senior US official said Wednesday."We would say the number is now over 100.

Protester flees Russia as two others tie the knot in jail

Moscow - A protester has fled Russia fearing imprisonment, his lawyer said Thursday, as a jailed demonstrator married a young woman accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Iran president's brother starts 5-year jail term: report

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother entered prison Wednesday to begin a five-year sentence after he was convicted of corruption, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, citing his lawyer.

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.
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