Jan 27, 2016

Dementia seen in 14% of elderly inmates in Japan

About 1,300 people, or some 14 percent, of 9,700 inmates in Japan aged 60 or older showed signs of dementia as of the end of 2014, according to a Justice Ministry study. This is the first time the ministry has investigated the number of ...

Jan 23, 2016

Guantanamo Bay inmate refuses to leave

A Yemeni prisoner who had been cleared to leave Guantanamo Bay after nearly 14 years has opted to stay in the military prison for now, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday. Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bwazir had been due to be transferred on Wednesday, but changed ...

Jan 23, 2016

U.S. student held in North Korea for unknown reasons

Officials in North Korea and the U.S. released little information Friday about a university student from Ohio who was detained for what the authoritarian nation called a “hostile act.” Otto Warmbier is the second person from southwest Ohio to be detained in North Korea ...

Jan 20, 2016

China jails former party chief of Xinjiang's capital for graft

A court in Beijing on Wednesday sentenced a former Chinese Communist Party chief of Urumqi, the capital of the violence-prone far-western region of Xinjiang, to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption. Yang Gang was indicted for accepting bribes last year. ...

Iran releases Americans in breakthrough prisoner exchange

Jan 17, 2016

Iran releases Americans in breakthrough prisoner exchange

Four Americans detained in Iran will be coming home and seven Iranians in U.S. custody also will win their freedom in a breakthrough swap negotiated by the longtime foes, officials in both countries said. As well, a fifth American was freed separately. The news ...

Fewer than 100 Guantanamo prisoners left as 10 leave to Oman

Jan 15, 2016

Fewer than 100 Guantanamo prisoners left as 10 leave to Oman

Ten prisoners from Yemen who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman for resettlement, officials said Thursday, portraying it as a significant milestone in the long-stalled effort to shutter the detention center. The ...