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FILE - in this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks to students at the American University Cairo in the eastern suburb of New Cairo, Egypt.  Pompeo

Pompeo angry over death of US citizen jailed in Egypt

Jan. 19, 2020 11:50 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “expressed outrage” to Egypt’s president on Sunday at the death of an American citizen who insisted he had been wrongfully held in an Egyptian prison, according to a State Department spokeswoman. Pompeo’s sharp remarks signal the...

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne shares her views at a panel discussion during Raisina Dialogue, a global conference in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Australia raises with Iran imprisoned Australian academic

Jan. 16, 2020 11:41 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister said on Friday she had raised with her Iranian counterpart the fate of an imprisoned Australian-British academic, who has gone on hunger strikes and urged the Australian government to do more to free her. Foreign Minister Marise Payne declined...

Egypt says it's probing death of imprisoned US citizen

Jan. 14, 2020 2:59 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Tuesday it would investigate the death in custody of a U.S. citizen who had gone on a hunger strike as part of a six-year battle against what he insisted was wrongful imprisonment. Mustafa Kassem, 54, an Egyptian-born auto parts dealer from Long Island, New York, died late Monday of...

Iran drops spy charges against French-Iranian academic

Jan. 7, 2020 12:34 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A researcher with dual French-Iranian nationality held for months in a notorious Tehran prison will not be tried on espionage charges, her lawyer said Tuesday. But she and another French researcher still face other security-related charges. Iranian prosecutors dropped the spying charges...

Ivania Alvarez holds up an open jug of water to celebrates with Neyma Hernandez after their release from prison, at her home in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. The two belonged to the

Nicaragua frees 91 protesters, including Belgian

Dec. 30, 2019 1:23 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Nicaraguan government feed 91 protesters Monday, including 16 activists arrested in Nicaragua in November for taking water to demonstrators. Those released included a student leader who is a Belgian dual-national. The Interior Ministry said all 91 had been released under a form of...

France summons Iran's ambassador over detained researchers

Dec. 27, 2019 11:22 AM EST

France's government has summoned Iran's ambassador to demand the release of two French researchers held in a notorious Tehran prison, and to express “extreme concern” about the health of one who is on a hunger strike. France considers the months-long detention of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal...

French, Australian academics jailed in Iran on hunger strike

Dec. 26, 2019 2:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French-Iranian researcher locked up in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison has gone on a hunger strike along with an academic and co-prisoner from Australia, a rights group said. The hunger strikes by Iranian-born French researcher Fariba Adelkhah and Kylie Moore-Gilbert were revealed by the...

Rasila Zahran holds photograph of her son Ahmed Zahran , who has been on a partial hunger strike for nearly three months, outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Zahran was arrested in February and is being held without charge in what is known as administrative detention. He is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a leftist group that Israel blames for a bombing in a settlement in August that killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl . The Arabic reads :

Palestinians protest in support of prisoner on hunger strike

Dec. 19, 2019 7:28 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians protested outside an Israeli military court in the occupied West Bank on Thursday calling for the release of a prisoner who has been on a partial hunger strike for nearly three months. The protesters carried portraits of Ahmed Zahran, 42, who was arrested...

Protesters block a road during a curfew in Gauhati, India, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Police arrested dozens of people and enforced a curfew Thursday in several districts in India’s northeastern Assam state where thousands protested legislation that would grant citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Japan PM postpones trip to India's violence-hit northeast

Dec. 13, 2019 12:32 PM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday postponed traveling for a summit with India's leader in the violence-wracked northeast, where two people have been killed in ongoing protests over a new law that grants citizenship based on religion and excludes Muslims. Nearly 10,000...

Keiko Fujimori, right, is embraced by her husband Mark Vito Villanela after she was released from Santa Mónica women's prison in Lima, Peru, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. The Constitutional Tribunal narrowly approved a habeas corpus request to free Fujimori from detention while she is investigated for alleged accusations she accepted money from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru’s Keiko Fujimori leaves prison after top court ruling

Nov. 29, 2019 10:52 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Supporters cheered late Friday as once-powerful opposition leader and two-time Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori left the prison where she had been held while being investigated for alleged corruption. Peru's Constitutional Tribunal approved her release. Smiling broadly, the...