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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.

Anxiety grows for Egypt jail inmates at time of virus shutdowns

Apo - In Egypt's overcrowded and putrid jails, families of prisoners fear a potentially catastrophic coronavirus outbreak and are calling for their imminent release as the rest of the country hunkers down.

US demands Venezuela free Citgo executives as virus hits

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday demanded that Venezuela release six detained former Citgo executives, five of whom are US citizens, due to risks from the coronavirus.

Iran says German freed in prisoner swap

Tehran - Iran said Tuesday that a German held in Iran has been released as part of a prisoner swap for an Iranian held in Germany on suspicion of violating US sanctions."We announced that we are ready to (release) this German national...

Fraudster Madoff is dying, wants out of prison: lawyer

Washington - Bernie Madoff, jailed in the United States for perpetrating the world's largest fraud, is terminally ill and wants to leave prison to die, his attorney said Wednesday.

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.
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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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