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Legally blind ex-prisoner turns into a landscaper in Detroit

Nov. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — When Leonard Fantroy began going blind in prison in November 2014, he initially thought the sharp pain in his eyes was a migraine. Then he stepped outside and saw what looked like a thick fog enveloping the prison yard — but other inmates couldn't see it. After a series of...

Afghan officials: 2 federal prosecutors shot dead near Kabul

Nov. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen shot dead two federal prosecutors on Saturday as they were driving to Bagram Airfield north of the capital, Kabul, said Jamshid Rasouli, spokesman for the national Attorney General’s office. Two other prosecutors were wounded, he said, adding that the prosecutors...

Taliban say prisoner swap promised by Kabul fails to happen

Nov. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three Taliban prisoners who were to be freed in exchange for an American and an Australian national, both kidnapped in 2016, are still in custody in Bagram prison, north of the capital Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Friday. The three Taliban prisoners did not show up at...

Sources: US envoy in Kabul negotiating hostage release

Oct. 31, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington's peace envoy was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday trying to negotiate a prisoner exchange that would free two Western professors employed by the American University of Afghanistan held by the Taliban since 2016, officials said. Zalmay Khalilzad is trying to barter a...

South Dakota prisoner hopes new DNA evidence frees him

Oct. 26, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sitting at a table in gray prison garb during a recent interview at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, Stacy Larson pushed up his glasses and insisted he is innocent almost 30 years after a jury convicted him of a crime he says he didn't commit. "I ain't giving up until I'm out,"...

Taliban say new intra-Afghan peace talks to be held in China

Oct. 22, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A fresh round of intra-Afghan peace talks will be held in China next week, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said Tuesday, raising hopes for renewed negotiations, even as violence surges in Afghanistan's 18-year war. The talks planned for Oct. 28 and 29 will be the first meeting between...

Iran sends US list of names for its proposed prisoner swap

Oct. 21, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry said Monday it has sent the United States a list of names it is demanding in a proposed prisoner swap, opening a potential new channel with Washington amid recent growing tensions. Iran did not detail the names it relayed, but Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...

Taliban say Afghanistan has freed several of their prisoners

Oct. 7, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials say several of their group's members have been freed from Afghan jails, including former shadow governors, just days after a U.S. envoy met top Taliban leaders in the Pakistani capital following the suspension of U.S.-Taliban talks last month. The Taliban also said they...

Protesters in Ukraine rally against election in rebel east

Oct. 6, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands rallied in Ukraine's capital Sunday against the president's plan to hold a local election in the country's rebel-held east, a move seen by some as a major concession to Russia. Ukraine, Russia and Russia-backed separatists on Tuesday signed a tentative agreement on guidelines...

Australia mum on possible swap of detainees with Iran

Oct. 6, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia's attorney general on Sunday refused to comment whether a prisoner swap was behind the release of two Australians from Iran in exchange for an Iranian student who was facing extradition to the United States. The blogging couple, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, returned to...