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Albanian authorities grant leave to jailed ethnic Greek ex-mayor for European Parliament opening

Jul. 14, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prison department Sunday granted a five-day leave to an ethnic Greek minority former mayor to attend the opening session of the new European Parliament in Strasbourg. The prison department’s statement said Fredis Beleris, 51, was granted leave...

What to know about the growing number of treason and espionage cases in today's Russia under Putin

Jul. 14, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

Treason cases were rare in Russia 30 years ago, with only a handful brought annually. In the past decade and especially since the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, however, the number has soared, along with espionage prosecutions. They are ensnaring citizens and foreigners alike. Recent...

Convicted instigators in murder of Ecuador presidential candidate get 34-year prison sentences

Jul. 13, 2024 12:05 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The two instigators of the 2023 assassination of Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio were sentenced on Friday to 34 years and eight months in prison. Three accomplices were sentenced to 12 years in prison. The Prosecutor’s Office had...

At least 8 killed in shootout during failed jailbreak in the Somali capital

Jul. 13, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Five prisoners and three soldiers were killed Saturday in a failed attempt by some inmates to break out of a prison in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a corrections officer said. Twenty-one people were wounded in the Saturday morning incident, said Col....

Peter Navarro, Trump ex-aide jailed for contempt of Congress, will address RNC, AP sources say

Jul. 12, 2024 23:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House trade advisor Peter Navarro, who is currently in jail on contempt of Congress charges, is expected to speak at next week's Republican National Convention just hours after his release. That's according to two people familiar with the event's...

Georgia sheriff laments scrapped jail plans in county under federal civil rights investigation

Jul. 12, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The sheriff in a Georgia county where prison conditions have led to a federal civil rights investigation criticized a decision not to move forward with plans for a new jail, calling the vote “shortsighted" on Friday. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners on...

UK's new justice secretary outlines emergency measures to relieve prison overcrowding

Jul. 12, 2024 10:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s new justice secretary on Friday outlined emergency plans to relieve prison overcrowding, clearing the way for early release of thousands of prisoners to ensure the beleaguered system continues to function. Shabana Mahmood, who took over after the...

Inmates escape from one of Niger’s most fortified prisons where jihadis are held

Jul. 12, 2024 07:26 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Nigerien authorities enforced a curfew Friday as they searched for inmates who escaped from one of the country's most fortified prisons in the Tillaberi region after it was breached under unclear circumstances. Niger’s Ministry of Interior alerted government...

US sanctions a Venezuela gang for spreading criminal activity across Latin America

Jul. 11, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday sanctioned a Venezuelan gang allegedly behind a spree of kidnappings, extortion and other violent crimes tied to migrants that have spread across Latin America and the United States. The U.S. also offered a $12 million reward for...

Former U.S. Rep. Tommy Robinson, who gained notoriety as an Arkansas sheriff, dies at 82

Jul. 11, 2024 14:42 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Tommy Robinson, who gained notoriety as an Arkansas sheriff for tactics that included chaining inmates outside a state prison to protest overcrowding, has died. He was 82. Robinson died at a Forrest City hospital Wednesday night of natural...