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A car believed to be carrying a longtime chief of the violent Basque separatist group ETA known by the alias Josu Ternera drives out La Sante Prison Thursday, 30 July, 2020, in Paris, France, to be held under house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet.  Josu Ternera was arrested in May 2019 after 17-years on the run. ETA killed more than 850 people during its decades-long violent campaign to create an independent state in northern Spain and southern France. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

Jailed Basque leader swaps prison for house arrest in France

Jul. 30, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A longtime chief of the violent Basque separatist group ETA was freed Thursday from a French prison, swapping a jail cell for house arrest in Paris with an electronic monitoring bracelet. José Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea, known by the alias Josu Ternera, will only be able to leave...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia.  The Taliban say they are ready for talks with Afghanistan's political leadership after the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha at the end of July 2020, offering to hand over the last of the government prisoners in a week's time, providing the government frees the last of its Taliban prisoners.  The offer made by Shaheen in a tweet late Thursday, July 23, 2020 follows one of the most significant shakeups in the Taliban in years.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Taliban say ready for talks with Kabul after Eid holiday

Jul. 24, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they are ready for talks with Afghanistan's political leadership after the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha at the end of July, offering to hand over the last of the government prisoners in a week's time, providing the government frees the last of its Taliban prisoners. The...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, a Muslim Brotherhood member waves his hand from a defendants cage in a courtroom in Torah prison, southern Cairo, Egypt. A leading human rights group says the coronavirus has struck several Egyptian prisons and killed several detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the virus’s spread behind bars. Human Rights Watch, released an extensive report Monday, July 20, 2020 documenting multiple cases of detainees who died after experiencing virus symptoms without being tested or receiving adequate medical treatment. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Watchdog: Virus stalks Egypt's prisons amid news blackout

Jul. 20, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The coronavirus has infected people inside several Egyptian prisons and killed at least 14 detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the spread of the virus behind bars, a leading human rights watchdog said Monday. Human Rights Watch released a report based on letters smuggled from...

Belarusians attend a meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential election, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday July 19, 2020. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Belarus rally for presidential challenger largest in years

Jul. 19, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus saw its largest opposition demonstration in years as about 5,000 people rallied Sunday to support a candidate challenging Belarus’ longtime authoritarian leader in next month’s presidential vote. President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to easily win a sixth...

Rights group: Reporter jailed in Egypt dies from virus

Jul. 13, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian journalist who had been jailed on charges of broadcasting false news died of COVID-19 on Monday, according to an international press watchdog, raising fears that the coronavirus may be spreading undetected in Egypt’s notoriously crowded prisons. The Committee to...

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, July 11, 2020. Trump was returning from a visit to nearby Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

2020 Watch: How many more Americans will die from COVID-19?

Jul. 13, 2020 5:55 AM EDT

Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to general election: 113 ___ THE NARRATIVE These are among the darkest days of President Donald Trump's presidency. Coronavirus infections are exploding, the economic recovery is in jeopardy and Trump...

In this image provided by the Freedom Initiative Mohamed Amashah is greeted by family members upon arrival at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on Monday, July 6, 2020. The American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. (Bushra Soltan/Freedom Initiative via AP)

American student released after 486 days in Egyptian prison

Jul. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. The release of Mohamed Amashah, a dual Egyptian-American citizen from Jersey City, New Jersey, followed...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday May 9, 2015, roses are symbolically placed on the railroad tracks at former concentration camp Westerbork, the Netherlands, remembering more than a hundred thousand Jews transported from Westerbork to Nazi death camps during WWII.  The NS railway company, announced that it will donate 5 million euros (dollars 5.6 million U.S. ) to Dutch Holocaust memorial centers as a gesture of collective recognition, but Jewish organizations criticized the company Monday June 29, 2020, for not adequately consulting them in discussions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

Jewish groups angry at Dutch railway company reparation

Jun. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Jewish organizations criticized the Dutch national railway company Monday for not adequately consulting them in discussions to work out a form of recognition for Holocaust victims the company transported to camps in the Netherlands during World War II — from where they were sent to...

President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable with governors on the reopening of America's small businesses, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Facebook removes Trump ads with symbols once used by Nazis

Jun. 18, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook has removed campaign ads by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that featured an upside-down red triangle, a symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, communists and others in concentration camps. The company said in a statement Thursday that...

FILE - In this May 28, 2012 file photo, human rights activist Nabeel Rajab gestures as he leaves a police station in Manama, Bahrain. Rajab, a prominent human rights activist in Bahrain has been released amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. His family says Nabeel Rajab left prison Tuesday and will serve the rest of his sentence from home. Rajab had been sentenced to five years in prison over his tweets alleging abuse at Bahrain’s Jaw prison and criticizing civilian casualties in the Yemen war waged by a Saudi-led coalition. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Prominent Bahrain rights activist Rajab released from prison

Jun. 9, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain freed a prominent human rights activist Tuesday amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, allowing him to serve out the remainder of his internationally criticized prison sentence from home. Nabeel Rajab, 55, wore a garland of white roses after his release, smiling...