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7 Islamic State militants escape jail in NE Syria; 4 caught

May. 17, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Seven members of the Islamic State group escaped from a small prison in northeast Syria on Sunday, with four recaptured and a search continuing for the remaining three, said Syrian state media and an official with the main Kurdish-led U.S.-backed force in the region. The militants fled from a...

FILE - In this Feb, 28, 2016 file photo, Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams talks to members of the media after being elected TD for Louth at the count centre in Dundalk, Ireland. Britain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday May 13, 2020 quashed Irish nationalist politician Gerry Adams’ convictions for trying to break out of prison in the 1970s, handing a long-awaited legal victory to the former Sinn Fein leader. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)

Top UK court quashes Gerry Adams' prison break convictions

May. 13, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed Irish nationalist politician Gerry Adams’ convictions for trying to break out of prison in the 1970s, handing a long-awaited legal victory to the former Sinn Fein leader. The U.K.’s top court said Adams’ two 1975...

Man whose protective mask helped in jail escape is caught

May. 11, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have captured a man who escaped from a Chicago jail by wearing a coronavirus protective mask and pretending to be another detainee who was set for release, officials said Monday. Jahquez Scott, 21, was captured by the Cook County Sheriff's Department and the FBI on Saturday...

Foiled prison break leaves inmate dead in Sri Lanka

May. 3, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Prison guards in Sri Lanka foiled an attempt by inmates to escape on Sunday after they used ropes and bed sheets to scale down the wall, leaving at least one dead, police said. Seven prisoners tried to flee the penitentiary in Mahara on the outskirts of the capital Colombo, the...

Medical firm staff work in a lab on coronavirus testing kits just outside Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 11, 2020. A medical firm outside west of Tehran launched the production line of serology-based test kits that can discover whether a person has ever been exposed to the novel coronavirus or suffered from the COVID-19 disease and recovered or not. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran begins lifting restrictions after brief virus lockdown

Apr. 11, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran began reopening government offices Saturday after a brief nationwide lockdown to help contain the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, which has killed more than 4,300 people in the country. Authorities had ordered most government agencies and all non-essential businesses...

Ex-inmate who escaped conviction in fatal riot back in jail

Apr. 7, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware inmate who escaped conviction for his alleged involvement in a fatal prison riot is back behind bars on unrelated charges. Obadiah Miller, 27, was being held Tuesday at Howard Young prison in Wilmington after being charged with violating probation and possession of...

CAPTION ADDITION: ADDS DETAILS ABOUT WHICH PRISON HAD RIOTS: FILE - In this April 3, 2018, file photo, prisoners cut the hair of other inmates in the barber shop of a Kurdish-run prison housing former members of the Islamic State group, in Qamishli, north Syria. A spokesman for Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria said Monday, March. 30, 2020 they have put an end to riots by Islamic State militants in a prison there. The riots broke out late on Sunday in a prison in the town of Hassakeh and lasted several hours. Kurdish authorities run more than two dozen detention facilities scattered around northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 IS fighters. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Activists say IS prison riots break out again in Syria

Mar. 30, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Imprisoned Islamic State militants rioted again on Monday at a jail in northeastern Syria, hours after the Kurdish-led forces running the site said they had restored order, activists said. Gunfire could be heard in the area as ambulances rushed the wounded from inside the prison to hospitals...

IS militants riot in eastern Syria prison, some escape

Mar. 29, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants rioted inside in a prison in northeastern Syria, wrestling control from guards on an entire floor in the facility while a number of prisoners managed to escape, a Syrian Kurdish official said Sunday. Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic...

Coronavirus rumors alleged to have set off Thai prison riot

Mar. 29, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials in Thailand say a riot at a prison in a northeastern province was set off when inmates plotting to escape spread false rumors that several prisoners were infected with the coronavirus. Fires were set in parts of Buriram Prison during a riot on Sunday in which about 100 prisoners...