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Australian think tank finds 380 detention camps in Xinjiang

Sep. 25, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, where predominantly Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign, and more of the facilities resemble prisons, an Australian think tank has found. The Australian Strategic...

This undated image taken from video provided by attorney Susan Otto shows Christopher Vialva in the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Otto, the lawyer for Vialva, the first Black inmate set to die in a series of federal executions this year says race played a central role in landing him on death row for slaying a white couple from Iowa. Otto says just one juror was Black and 11 white at Vialva's 2000 federal trial in western Texas. Vialva's execution is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Susan Otto via AP)

Feds put first Black inmate to death since execution restart

Sep. 24, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A man who killed a religious couple visiting Texas from Iowa was executed Thursday, the first Black inmate put to death as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions after a nearly 20-year pause. Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead shortly...

Passersby walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Dedham, Mass. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

Sep. 24, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States' efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments. California has said it will stop processing new applications for two weeks as it...

Egypt: 3 police killed as 4 convicts attempt prison bust

Sep. 23, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian police officers were killed when four men, convicted on terror-related charges and awaiting their death sentences, attempted on Wednesday to escape from a notorious Cairo prison, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry, which oversees the country’s police and prisons,...

More inmates accused of fraudulently seeking jobless checks

Sep. 23, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eighteen inmates in Pennsylvania state prisons and two girlfriends of inmates on the outside have been charged in what authorities describe as a scheme to fraudulently obtain jobless benefits for ineligible prisoners, prosecutors said Wednesday. The 20 sets of charges were announced...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2012 file photo, a man speaks on his mobile phone, as firemen extinguish a fire that erupted in a factory in Karachi, Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, sentenced two political party operatives of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to death for starting a fire at a garments factory in Karachi in 2012 that killed 260 people after the factory owners refused to pay bribes. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)

Pakistan sentences 2 to death for deadly 2012 factory fire

Sep. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced two political party operatives to death for starting a fire at a garments factory in Karachi in 2012 that killed 260 people after the factory owners refused to pay bribes. The court also sentenced the factory's four guards to life in prison...

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...

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...