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People demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. After 13 days of protests against alleged police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, as moves are made to stop growing violence. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria protesters break curfew amid gunfire, chaos in Lagos

Oct. 21, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian protesters demanding an end to police brutality defied a curfew as gunfire rang out where they were setting up a blockade Wednesday, a day after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators singing the country’s national anthem. That disturbing turn drew global...

Police and journalists outside a court in Glostrup, Denmark, where convicted murderer Peter Madsen will appear after his Tuesday's escape attempt, Wednesday morning, Oct. 21, 2020. A Danish man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine made a brief escape from a suburban Copenhagen prison on Tuesday. (Photo: Liselotte Sabroe / Scanpix 2020)

Danish sub killer denies he had help in prison break attempt

Oct. 21, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish man convicted of murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine was remanded to custody Wednesday after he confessed to threatening several people as he attempted to break out of a suburban Copenhagen prison. Prosecutors said Peter Madsen threatened a...

People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. After 13 days of protests against police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city as moves are made to stop growing violence. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Amnesty: Credible reports protesters shot dead in Nigeria

Oct. 20, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the megacity of Lagos had fatally shot protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality despite a new curfew going into effect. The Lagos state...

Court affirms nurse's conviction in death of diabetic inmate

Oct. 20, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed the manslaughter conviction of a former George County jail nurse in the death of a diabetic inmate who was not given insulin for a week after he was jailed on a drug charge. The former nurse, Carmon Brannan, surrendered to...

Nigerian authorities say nearly 2,000 inmates have escaped after crowds attacked two prisons in country's latest unrest

Oct. 20, 2020 1:02 PM EDT
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities say nearly 2,000 inmates have escaped after crowds attacked two prisons in country's latest unrest.
A police office watches Peter Madsen as he sits on the side of a road after being apprehended following a failed escape attempt in Albertslund, Denmark, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. The self-taught Danish engineer, who was convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine in 2017 before dismembering her body and dumping it at sea, on Tuesday was captured after attempted prison escape outside the suburban Copenhagen jail where he is serving life-time sentence. (Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Danish submarine killer briefly escapes from prison

Oct. 20, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine made a dramatic but brief escape from a suburban Copenhagen prison Tuesday, reportedly taking a hostage to break out before police recaptured him. Peter Madsen was quickly apprehended...

U.N peacekeepers soldiers patrol at the entrance of Kangbay prison in Beni, Congo, Tuesday, Oct. 20. 2020, An official in eastern Congo says more than 1,300 inmates have escaped from the central prison in Beni after an attack by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

More than 1,300 inmates escape from prison in eastern Congo

Oct. 20, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — More than 1,300 inmates have escaped from the central prison of Beni in eastern Congo after an attack by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces, the town's mayor said Tuesday. Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha told The Associated Press that one inmate had died in the attack on Kangbayi prison....

Trial in killing of Tennessee prison official moved to 2021

Oct. 19, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — The trial of a Tennessee convict charged with killing a corrections official before escaping prison on a tractor has been delayed until next year. Curtis Ray Watson had been scheduled to face trial Oct. 26 in the killing of Tennessee Department of Correction administrator Debra...

$2.75M settlement reached for Oregon inmate's flu death

Oct. 19, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Corrections agreed to pay a record $2.75 million to the family of a man who died from the flu at the Oregon State Penitentiary and has apologized for the man’s death. The settlement comes nine months after Michael Barton''s family filed a $15 million...

Virus outbreak linked to hockey rink grows to 30 cases

Oct. 19, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The outbreak of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 traced to a Montpelier hockey rink has expanded to 30, the Vermont Health Department said Monday. The cases are linked to adult and youth hockey leagues and an adult broomball league at the Central Vermont Memorial...