Jan 21, 2015

U.N. panel on North Korean rights says report still stands

The head of the U.N. commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang’s claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel’s findings “invalid.” “The partial retraction of Shin Dong-hyuk of the testimony he ...

Jan 21, 2015

Egypt's el-Sissi says protest rights are secondary to stability

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday that those questioning his government over human rights and freedom of expression are ignoring the fact that his country of 90 million lacks development, investment and desperately needed stability. Speaking during festivities to celebrate National Police Day Tuesday, ...

New lashing of injured Saudi blogger postponed

Jan 17, 2015

New lashing of injured Saudi blogger postponed

Saudi Arabia on Friday postponed the next round of flogging for a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam because his wounds from the previous week’s beating had not yet healed, his wife said. The public flogging of Raef Badawi, who is also ...

Hurdles abound for Guantanamo closure, 13 years later

Jan 12, 2015

Hurdles abound for Guantanamo closure, 13 years later

Thirteen years after terror suspects first arrived in Guantanamo, the United States is sending inmates out at a faster rate than ever before — but hurdles remain in the effort to shutter it entirely. In 2014, 28 detainees were freed in “the largest single-year ...

Former Virginia governor gets two years for corruption

Jan 7, 2015

Former Virginia governor gets two years for corruption

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once on the short list to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate during the 2012 presidential race, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for taking bribes to promote a dietary supplement. A jury in September ...

'Real Housewives' star makes prison her new home

Jan 6, 2015

'Real Housewives' star makes prison her new home

One of New Jersey’s “Real Housewives” has entered prison. Teresa Giudice entered the facility north of New York City on Monday, a spokesman for the Federal Correctional Institution confirmed. Giudice pleaded guilty last year to a federal indictment and is serving a 15-month sentence ...

Dec 12, 2014

Venezuela raises death toll from prison drug overdose to 48

The death toll following a mass drug overdose incident in a Venezuelan jail last month has jumped to 48 from 13, the government said on Thursday. Prisoners at the David Viloria penitentiary center in the western state of Lara had broken into an infirmary ...

Former Madoff executive gets 10 years in prison

Dec 9, 2014

Former Madoff executive gets 10 years in prison

Bernard Madoff’s former director of operations for investments was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $155 billion. Daniel Bonventre, 67, was sentenced for his part in the company’s yearslong multibillion-dollar fraud, and four of his co-defendants are expected to ...

Nov 24, 2014

Iran frees British-Iranian woman who tried to go to volleyball game

Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman being held on bail, the semi-official ISNA news agency said. The report quoted Sousan Moshtaghian, mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, as saying a judge released her daughter on nearly $30,000 bail ahead of an appeal. “My daughter has insisted ...

American citizen tries to escape from Namibian prison

Nov 4, 2014

American citizen tries to escape from Namibian prison

An American citizen attempted to escape from a prison in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, but was caught, the country’s press agency said Monday. The Namibian Press Agency reported that Los Angeles native Marcus Kevin Tomas climbed a tree inside the Windhoek Central Prison and tried ...