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FILE - This Aug. 18, 2009 file photo, shows Roumieh Prison, in the Beirut suburb of Roumieh, Lebanon. The head of the country's doctors union warned Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 that Roumieh, Lebanon's largest prison, is witnessing an alarming spread of coronavirus cases with more than 200 detainees testing positive recently and more could get the infection as many of them are not abiding by preventive measures. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Virus hits Lebanese prison as inmates jockey for release

Sep. 17, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s largest prison grappled with an alarming coronavirus outbreak on Thursday as many inmates refused to take preventative measures or get tested under the impression that catching the virus could speed up their release as part of a rumored general amnesty, the head of the...

FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Pervis Payne.  Shelby County Judge Paula Skahan ruled Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020,  in favor of attorneys for Payne, who had filed a petition in July requesting DNA testing in the long-running case.  Payne, is scheduled to be executed on Dec. 3 in Nashville.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Judge rules for DNA testing in Tennessee death penalty case

Sep. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — DNA tests on a knife and other evidence must be performed in the case of a Tennessee death row inmate facing execution in December for the stabbing deaths of a woman and her daughter 33 years ago, a judge ruled Wednesday. Shelby County Judge Paula Skahan ruled in favor of attorneys...

2 inmates with COVID-19 were evacuated among other inmates

Sep. 16, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two inmates who were evacuated by bus among other inmates from the Coffee Creek Correctional Institution last week to the Deer Ridge Correctional Facility in Madras tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, officials said. The woman and man were tested on Sept. 5 and 6 but there...

More than 200 naked inmates on run in Uganda after jailbreak

Sep. 16, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan forces are searching for more than 200 naked inmates who escaped jail, broke into an armory, then stripped and fled into a remote wilderness area in the country's northeast. At least three people, a soldier and two of the 219 escapees, died in the firefight, according to...

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Volkan Bozkir gives a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Bozkir arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, international and regional issues with Pakistani leadership. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

Sep. 15, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling for a new commitment to global cooperation including on the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines. Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir, who...

This Feb. 25, 2013 photo shows the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh. Four inmates on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 sued Allegheny County jail and mental health officials, alleging the in Pennsylvania facility offers inadequate treatment and medication for inmates with mental health disabilities and often punishes them with extended solitary confinement or excessive force. (Philip G. Pavely/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP)

Lawsuit: Pennsylvania county jail punishes mentally ill

Sep. 15, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

Five inmates on Tuesday sued Allegheny County jail and mental health officials, alleging the in Pennsylvania facility offers inadequate treatment and medication for inmates with mental health disabilities and often punishes them with extended solitary confinement or excessive force. Lawyers with the Abolitionist...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Two inmates have died in as many days from coronavirus at the federal prison complex where the U.S. government plans to carry out two federal executions next week.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

2 dead of virus at US prison where executions are scheduled

Sep. 15, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two inmates have died in as many days from coronavirus at the federal prison complex where the U.S. government plans to carry out two executions next week. The virus deaths are likely to raise alarm with advocates and lawyers for the condemned men over the spread of coronavirus at the...

Prison evacuation leads to phone call pause for some inmates

Sep. 12, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon corrections officials have confirmed that over 1,300 inmates evacuated from the state women’s prison in Wilsonville were moved to central Oregon. The Coffee Creek Correctional Facility was evacuated Thursday because of wildfire threats in Marion and Clackamas counties....

Police officers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea's coronavirus resurgence seems to slow

Sep. 9, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have stayed below 200 for an eighth straight day, suggesting the recent viral resurgence is slowing amid stringent social distancing rules. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it recorded 155 additional cases...

This undated photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows Deandre Williams. Williams has been charged in the Sept. 2, 2020, slaying of a 50-year-old Wayne County sheriff's deputy at a jail in downtown Detroit. The county prosecutor's office says Williams of Detroit was arraigned Wednesday, Sept. 9 on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, murder of a police officer, felony murder, unarmed robbery and escaping jail through violence. The sheriff's office says Cpl. Bryant Searcy was checking cell doors when he was attacked as he walked past one he thought was locked. (Detroit Police Department via AP)

Inmate charged in slaying of deputy in Detroit jail

Sep. 9, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An inmate has been charged in the slaying of a Wayne County sheriff’s deputy at a jail in downtown Detroit. Deandre Williams, 28, of Detroit, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, murder of a police officer, felony murder, unarmed robbery and escaping...