Dec 24, 2014

U.S. to pay $3.2 million to contractor freed from Cuba prison

Alan Gross, the contractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail will receive $3.2 million from the U.S. government as part of a settlement with his employer, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced on Tuesday. Gross was employed by Bethesda, ...

Dec 20, 2014

U.S. aid worker working near China-North Korean border arrested

A Korean-American aid worker running a school in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the ...

Dec 19, 2014

Ministry working to better situation of female inmates

The Justice Ministry is trying to improve the conditions of female prisoners, as women’s jails are facing difficulties such as overcrowding and a large number of inmates with mental health problems. According to the ministry’s Correction Bureau, the number of women who entered prisons ...

Dec 18, 2014

Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived

Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. Using software to study currents the night of the 1962 escape, three Dutch scientists ...

Dec 16, 2014

Strip bars and drugs uncovered in Philippine jail raid

A raid on the Philippines’ biggest jail on Monday uncovered drug lords “living like kings” in secret luxury cells with strip bars, sex dolls, a jacuzzi and methamphetamines, the justice secretary said. Police commandos in full battle armor and tracker dogs swooped down on ...

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. closes last Afghanistan prison

The United States on Wednesday released the final three detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan, ending the U.S. operation of any prisons in the country after more than a decade of war, the Pentagon said. Two of the detainees, including Redha al-Najar, ...

Dec 8, 2014

China sentences eight to death for Xinjiang attacks

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced eight people to death for involvement in two attacks that left 46 people dead in the far western region of Xinjiang, state broadcaster China Central Television said. The Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court in the capital of Xinjiang also ...

Dec 2, 2014

Obama dealt major setback in closing Guantanamo

President Barack Obama’s 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suffered a major setback as lawmakers finalizing the annual defense policy bill rejected steps toward shuttering the facility. Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the chairman of the Armed Services ...

Russia jails U.S. businessman over broken window

Dec 2, 2014

Russia jails U.S. businessman over broken window

Last year, he tried to bring former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to Moscow to play for his American football team. Now American businessman Mike Zaltsman sits in a crowded jail cell, accused of breaking a window. The Boston entrepreneur is involved in a dispute ...