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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...

Reports: Dozens detained at Kazakhstan opposition protests

Jun. 6, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Kazakhstan have detained demonstrators at a series of protests around the country. News reports said dozens of protesters were seized at actions that took place Saturday in the capital of Nur-Sultan and other cities that included Almaty, Shymkent, Karaganda and Aktobe. Authorities...

This May 16, 2020, photo provided by Mohamed Soltan shows himself at his home in Fairfax, Va. After his arrest in 2013 for documenting the deadliest crackdown on protesters in Egypt’s modern history, Mohammed Soltan landed in a notorious prison where he says he was brutally tortured for 21 months. (Bushra Soltan via AP)

Egypt's ex-PM faces torture allegation in American's lawsuit

Jun. 1, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — After his arrest in 2013 for documenting the deadliest crackdown on protesters in Egypt’s modern history, Mohamed Soltan landed in a notorious prison where he says he was brutally tortured for 21 months. He never thought he'd get a chance to fight back, let alone make it out alive. But...

A medical worker wears a mask and a face shield at the entrance of the SERMESA hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, May 11, 2020. President Daniel Ortega's government has stood out for its refusal to impose measures to halt the new coronavirus for more than two months since the disease was first diagnosed in Nicaragua. Now, doctors and family members of apparent victims say, the government has gone from denying the disease's presence in the country to actively trying to conceal its spread. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Nicaragua releases more than 2,800 inmates amid pandemic

May. 13, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua released more than 2,800 prisoners Wednesday, one day after the death of an inmate who reportedly had suffered from respiratory problems and while the government maintained there was no local spread of the coronavirus in the country. Loyda Valle, a friend of inmate...