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Syrian official who oversaw prison where alleged abuse took place arrested by US officials

Jul. 17, 2024 20:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Syrian military official who oversaw a prison where human rights officials say torture and abuse routinely took place has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday. U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents took Samir Ousman al-Sheikh into custody last...

Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro, just released from prison, gets roaring applause at RNC

Jul. 17, 2024 20:24 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro took the stage at the Republican National Convention to enthusiastic cheers hours after being released from prison and pushed talk of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol to the center of an event that has largely avoided...

Former Syrian official who oversaw prisons with widespread allegations of abuse arrested by US officials in Los Angeles

Jul. 17, 2024 15:27 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Syrian official who oversaw prisons with widespread allegations of abuse arrested by US officials in Los Angeles.

3 Montana inmates die in Cascade County Detention Center in 2 weeks

Jul. 17, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

Three inmates have died in custody at the Cascade County Detention Center since June 29. Leon Laverdure, 51, died on June 29. Julius Lowe, 28, died on July 5. Andrew Swager, 58, died on July 10. Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office, which provided the coroner in the cases, confirmed...

Power restored at overcrowded California prison after outage amid heat wave

Jul. 16, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Power was restored Tuesday at an overcrowded California men's prison that ran on emergency generator power for three days following a major electrical outage amid a heat wave. The problem was fixed shortly after 2 p.m. at California State Prison, Solano,...

Detroit-area county to pay $7 million to family of man killed while jailed for drunken driving

Jul. 16, 2024 10:57 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area county agreed to a $7 million settlement in the death of a man who was severely beaten by another man while in jail for a misdemeanor. Separately, a federal prosecutor announced Monday that the Wayne County jail has agreed to improve how it serves...

A prison union's big spending on Gavin Newsom: Is it an ‘800 pound gorilla’ or a threatened species?

Jul. 15, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

A year after he took the top job in 2019, the president of one of California’s largest and most powerful unions said in a newsletter that he wanted to be “the 800 pound gorilla” in Sacramento politics. Since then, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the...

Ethnic Greek politician jailed in Albania arrives in Athens en route to European Parliament opening

Jul. 15, 2024 08:51 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A jailed member of Albania’s ethnic Greek minority — recently elected to the European Parliament with Greece’s governing conservative party — arrived in Athens Monday en route to Strasbourg, after being granted a five-day leave from prison to attend parliament’s...

Albanian authorities grant leave to jailed ethnic Greek ex-mayor for European Parliament opening

Jul. 14, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prison department Sunday granted a five-day leave to an ethnic Greek minority former mayor to attend the opening session of the new European Parliament in Strasbourg. The prison department’s statement said Fredis Beleris, 51, was granted leave...

What to know about the growing number of treason and espionage cases in today's Russia under Putin

Jul. 14, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

Treason cases were rare in Russia 30 years ago, with only a handful brought annually. In the past decade and especially since the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, however, the number has soared, along with espionage prosecutions. They are ensnaring citizens and foreigners alike. Recent...