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Healthcare workers watch as Haitians who were deported from the United States deplane at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

30 deported to Haiti, but ex-strongman remains in US

May. 26, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government spokesman. The spokesman, Eddy Jackson Alexis, said...

Judge sets bond for McAlester couple accused of child abuse

May. 21, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A county judge set bond at $100,000 each for two McAlester defendants charged with several counts related to allegations of torturing and beating a 10-year-old. Ashley Dawn Marie Schardein, 24, and Billy James Menees, 27, were charged with child abuse by torture, kidnapping, and...

One of the defendants, Anwar R. (57), sits in the dock of the Higher Regional Court behind Corona protective screens, hiding his face under a hood in Koblenz, Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Two former members of Syria's secret police go on trial Thursday in Germany accused of crimes against humanity for their role in a government-run detention center where large numbers of opposition protesters were tortured.(Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)

Former Syrian secret police officer testifies he's innocent

May. 18, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A former Syrian secret police colonel testified in a German court Monday that he was not involved in the torture of opponents of the regime of President Bashar Assad, in the first war crimes trial outside Syria linked to the country’s years-long conflict. Anwar R., 57, is accused of...

Death penalty sought in Montana child torture, slaying case

May. 9, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors in Montana have said they will seek the death penalty against a West Yellowstone woman accused of fatally torturing and beating her 12-year-old grandson. Prosecutor Bjorn Boyer filed the notice in Gallatin County District Court on Friday stating his intent to pursue...

In this March 4, 2020 photo, Samera al-Huri, poses for a portrait in her home near Cairo, Egypt. As they grow more politically active, women are increasingly targeted by the Houthi rebels who rule northern Yemen. Hundreds of women have vanished into secret prisons where they are tortured and sometimes raped, former detainees and other activists say. The Houthis deny the claims, but six women who escaped to Egypt spoke to the Associated Press about their ordeals. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Women who dare dissent targeted for abuse by Yemen's rebels

Apr. 29, 2020 2:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Samera al-Huri’s fellow activists were disappearing, one by one. When she asked their families, each gave the same cryptic reply: “She’s traveling.” A few of the women re-emerged. But they seemed broken and refused to say where they had been for months. Al-Huri soon...

One of the defendants, Eyad A. (43), is sitting on the bench of the Higher Regional Court behind Corona protective screens, hiding his face under a hood in Koblenz, Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Two former members of Syria's secret police go on trial Thursday in Germany accused of crimes against humanity for their role in a government-run detention center where large numbers of opposition protesters were tortured.(Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)

Germany: Syrian ex-secret police go on trial for war crimes

Apr. 23, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two former members of Syria's secret police appeared in court in Germany on Thursday accused of crimes against humanity for their role in a government-run detention center where thousands of opposition protesters were tortured. The trial of Anwar R. and Eyad A., whose last names weren't...

In this Sunday, April 19, 2020 photo Syrian Wassim Mukdad poses for a photograph at the Berlin offices of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Germany. Together with more than a dozen other witnesses, Mukdad will testify before a German court in the trial of Anwar R., a former member of Syria’s secret police suspected of overseeing the abuse of detainees at a notorious jail near Damascus known as Al Khatib, or Branch 251. (AP Photo/Frank Jordans)

Syria refugees to face their torturers in German court

Apr. 21, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Six years ago Wassim Mukdad fled Syria, demoralized and fearing for his life as the country spiraled ever deeper into all-out war. This week, the 34-year-old will come face-to-face with the man accused of running a government detention center where Mukdad and thousands of others were tortured...

Judge rejects appeal from man convicted in al-Qaida plot

Mar. 27, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge again rejected a request from a northern Virginia man who sought to overturn his life sentence for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was convicted in 2005. He filed a motion last year seeking a new sentence, arguing...