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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)

Spokesman: Kurdish forces end riots by IS prisoners in Syria

Mar. 30, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish-led forces in Syria put down riots by Islamic State militants in a prison in the country's northeast on Monday, hours after the extremists knocked down doors and dug holes in walls between cells, a Syrian Kurdish spokesman said. Kino Gabriel, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian...

People wearing protective clothings, masks and gloves, attend the funeral of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus, at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 30, 2020.The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Prisoners riot in Iran; Netanyahu goes into self-quarantine

Mar. 30, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East. Israel meanwhile announced that...

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...

The Latest: South Korea raises testing of European arrivals

Mar. 22, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 336,000 people and killed more than 14,600. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More...

The relative of an inmate cries as she speaks on the phone outside La Modelo jail in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020. Violence broke out in the prison out of inmates' fears that authorities are not doing enough to prevent coronavirus inside overcrowded prisons. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

23 inmates dead after protest over virus fears in Colombia

Mar. 22, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A deadly riot broke out in a prison in Colombia's capital, leaving 23 inmates dead, authorities said Sunday, as tensions rise over the spread of the coronavirus in one of the most vulnerable locations: crowded, poorly kept penitentiaries. Justice Minister Margarita Cabello described...

Sri Lankan government soldiers in protective clothes prepare to spray disinfectant inside a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

2 Sri Lanka inmates killed in riot over virus restrictions

Mar. 22, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Inmates in a Sri Lanka prison scuffled with guards and some tried to escape during a protest against new strict measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, leaving two dead and six wounded, police said Sunday. Tensions erupted Saturday at the Anuradhapura prison when...

The Latest: US advises Americans to reconsider travel abroad

Mar. 12, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. The extraordinary global health advisory late Wednesday followed President Donald Trump's announcement of European travel restrictions. Earlier in the...

People walk in an almost empty St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Monday, March 9, 2020. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says he is restricting travel  nationwide to try to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Conte said Monday night a new government decree will require all people in Italy to demonstrate they need to work, have health conditions or other limited legitimate reasons to travel outside their home areas. (Anteo Marinoni/LaPresse via AP)

Italy expands lockdown, Israel tightens entry to halt virus

Mar. 9, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — The battle to halt the coronavirus brought sweeping new restrictions Monday, with Italy expanding a travel ban to the entire country, Israel ordering all visitors quarantined just weeks before Passover and Easter, and Spain closing all schools in and around its capital. Even as workers...

A man stands on the roof of the San Vittore prison during a protest in Milan, Italy, Monday, March 9, 2020. Italian penitentiary police say six inmates protesting virus containment measures at a northern Italian prison have died after they broke into the infirmary and overdosed on methadone. The protest Sunday in Modena was among the first of more than two-dozen riots at Italy’s overcrowded lock-ups that grew Monday. Human rights advocates have been warning that increasing tensions over fears of coronavirus were hitting inmates particularly hard, especially after restrictions were imposed on family visits to prevent transmissions. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Prison riots hit Italy amid virus; 6 die in overdose

Mar. 9, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Tensions in Italy's overcrowded prisons erupted Monday over new coronavirus containment measures, with riots in at least two dozen lock-ups and the deaths of six inmates who broke into an infirmary and overdosed on methadone. Italy's national prisoner rights advocate urged wardens to take...