Latest Political imprisonment News

Israeli PM: World powers must 'wake up' on Iran nuclear deal

Jun. 20, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opened his first Cabinet meeting on Sunday by slamming Iran's newly-elected president and calling on world powers to “wake up” to the perils of returning to a nuclear agreement with Tehran. Later in the...

Hard-line judiciary head wins Iran presidency in low turnout

Jun. 20, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's hard-line judiciary chief won a landslide victory in the country's presidential election, a vote that both propelled the supreme leader's protege into Tehran's highest civilian position and saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic's history. ...

AP FACT CHECK: Putin's twisted tale on rival; Biden GOP jab

Jun. 19, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin faulted his imprisoned political rival for leaving Russia without legal permission, omitting the vital detail that the departure was, literally, an unconscious decision: Alexei Navalny was in a coma. After meeting...

Experts: Remains near Auschwitz probably post-war German

Jun. 17, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish experts say human remains uncovered this month near the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz date to after World War II, and most probably belonged to German soldiers taken prisoner by Soviet forces. A local resident spotted 12 human...

AP FACT CHECK: Putin's errant claims on cyberattacks, Jan. 6

Jun. 16, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin contradicted the evidence Wednesday when he asserted Russians are not a leading source of cyberattacks on the United States and other countries. They are. Putin also accused the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny of leaving Russia...

The Latest: Biden and Putin depart Geneva after summit

Jun. 16, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

GENEVA — Geneva can breathe a sigh of relief after hosting a U.S.-Russia summit. President Joe Biden is aboard Air Force One and is on his way back to Washington after Wednesday’s meeting at an 18th century lakeside villa. Russian President...

OAS condemns Nicaragua's pursuit of political opponents

Jun. 15, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Organization of American States' Permanent Council approved a resolution Tuesday condemning the arrest in Nicaragua of presidential pre-candidates, restrictions imposed on political parties and calling for the immediate release of political prisoners. ...

The Latest: Pro-Navalny protest in Geneva on eve of summit

Jun. 15, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to Europe: GENEVA — A few dozen supporters of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny have staged a colorful, cheeky rally in Geneva, in the hope of sending a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of his...

Putin likens Russian crackdown to arresting Capitol rioters

Jun. 14, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is to meet President Joe Biden at a summit Wednesday, has suggested that the hundreds of people arrested for rioting at the U.S. Capitol are being subjected to “persecution for political opinions.” Putin is likely...

Myanmar court frees one of two detained US journalists

Jun. 14, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar has released U.S. journalist Nathan Maung, who was arrested three months ago while working for a local online news agency, his lawyer said Monday. Maung was released after charges against him were dropped and his case dismissed, and he...