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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2008 file photo, Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, poses for a photograph in her office in Tehran, Iran. Reza Khandan, the husband of Sotoudeh told The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that his wife began a hunger strike Tuesday seeking the release of political prisoners. Khandan said he feared it would exacerbate her chronic gastrointestinal and foot problems. Sotoudeh, a mother of two, was arrested in 2018 on charges of collusion and propaganda against the system and eventually was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. (AP Photo/Arash Ashourinia, File)

Imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer begins hunger strike

Aug. 13, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has begun a hunger strike seeking better prison conditions and the release of political prisoners amid the pandemic, her husband said Thursday. Reza Khandan told The Associated Press his wife Nasrin Sotoudeh began the strike...

Thai anti-government protesters gather in front of the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, July 20, 2020. Anti-government protesters are calling for a new constitution, new elections and an end to repressive laws. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai activists follow up large protest with smaller actions

Jul. 20, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai political activists held small protests Monday outside the prime minister’s offices and an army installation, seeking to sustain momentum from a surprisingly large anti-government demonstration on Saturday. The weekend protest in Bangkok, which drew more than 2,000 people,...

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...