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Israel orders African refugees to leave country within three months or face prison

NEWS DESK: The Israeli government has ordered thousands of African refugees and migrants to leave the country within three months or face prison, reported The Independent with additional input from agencies. The Population and Immigration Authority called this week on those from Sudan and Eritrea to leave “to their country or to a third country”,…

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Protesters flood Barcelona demanding release of separatist leaders

BARCELONA: Hundreds of thousands of Catalan independence supporters clogged one of Barcelona’s main avenues on Saturday to demand the release of separatist leaders held in prison for their roles in the region’s banned drive to split from Spain, reported Reuters. Wearing yellow ribbons on their lapels to signify support, they filled the length of the…

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US Marine gets 10 years for abusing Muslim recruits

WASHINGTON: A US Marine Corps drill instructor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for abusing more than a dozen Muslim recruits, one of whom died in 2016, US media reported. Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Felix was convicted a day earlier of maltreatment of the recruits during their basic training at the Parris Island, South…

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Anthony Weiner begins prison sentence for sexting underage girl

NEWS DESK: Former Congressman Anthony Weiner has reported to prison to begin a 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl, reported The Independent. Weiner is being held at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Massachusetts, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said. The facility in Ayer, about 40 miles (64km) west of Boston, has over…

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U.S. Army’s Bergdahl spared prison time for deserting

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Friday was spared prison time for endangering fellow troops when he deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, but a military judge ordered he should be dishonorably discharged from the service. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and spent five years under brutal captivity by the insurgent group. He…

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Catalonia: Spanish judge jails two independence leaders for possible sedition

NEWS DESK: A Spanish judge has ruled that the leaders of the two biggest grassroots pro-independence associations in Catalonia should remain in prison without bail on possible charges of sedition – for which, if convicted, they could face prison sentences of up to 10 years, reported The Independent. An ongoing legal investigation claims Jordi Sanchez…

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At least 13 killed during prison fight in northern Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico: At least 13 people were killed when a fight broke out in a prison in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and security troops were sent in to quell the violence, a state security official said on Tuesday, reported Reuters. The battle inside the Cadereyta prison outside the city of Monterrey began…

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Black people in UK more likely to be in prison than those in US, report finds

NEWS DESK: Black people in the UK are proportionally more likely to be in prison than those in the US, an independent study on the treatment of BAME people in the criminal justice system has found, reported The Independent. The review, conducted by Labour MP David Lammy for the Ministry of Justice, found that black…

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57 dead in US-led strikes on IS Syria prison: monitor

BEIRUT: US-led coalition air strikes on a jail run by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria killed at least 57 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. “The strikes hit an IS jail in Mayadeen at dawn on Monday, killing 42 prisoners and 15 jihadists,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told…

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At Berlin fest, Palestinian film tackles prison trauma

BERLIN: Haunted by his own time behind bars, Palestinian director Raed Andoni recreates a notorious Israeli interrogation centre — and has ex-prisoners re-enact experiences in a bid to set their demons free. In the running for best documentary at the Berlin film festival, Andoni’s “Istiyad Ashbah” (Ghost Hunting) examines the rarely documented collective trauma suffered…

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Jail Break: 25 inmates killed in Brazil prison clash

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL: At least 25 inmates died Sunday in clashes between two rival factions in a prison in far northern Brazil, local media reported citing police. Seven of the dead were beheaded and six burned to death in fighting at a prison in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima state, the news site G1 reported,…

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Over 220 Pakistanis detained in Malaysian prisons; Senate told

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Tuesday said some 221 Pakistanis were currently detained in prisons all across Malaysia, including East Malaysia Sabah and Sarawak, on account of various offenses. Speaking during question hour in the Senate, the Advisor said officials of Pakistan Mission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, regularly paid…

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When art gives you a second chance at life

We all have stories; we all have secrets. But something very intriguing happens when jailed inmates are freed to express themselves on canvass. To find out more, watch this report…

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Inmates cook up a future at London jail

LONDON: With its leather chairs, glass tables and London prices, The Clink seems like any other restaurant. But the cutlery is plastic, the kitchen knives are kept locked up and the view from the window is of barbed wire. Located inside Brixton Prison in south London, The Clink lies behind three security gates in a…

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MQM worker gets 14-year jail

KARACHI: A local anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday sentenced Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker to 14 years imprison in a case of explosives substance and illegal arms, Samaa reported. Naseem-ul-Ghani was awarded a 14-year jail term while co-accused in the case, Adnan, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment after they were found guilty of possessing…

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Prison fire kills 17 in Venezuela

CARACAS: A fire at a prison in northern Venezuela has killed 17 people and injured another 11, prosecutors said Monday. The fire at the Tocuyito facility in Carabobo state overnight left nine men and eight women dead, a statement from the prosecutor’s office said. No cause of the fire was given pending a probe led…

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Obama becomes first president to visit US prison

EL RENO: Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit a federal prison on Thursday, amid a push to reform America's expensive and overcrowded correctional system. Obama arrived at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, where he is to meet officials and inmates and speak about proposed reforms. Nearly a quarter of…

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1,200 escape from Yemen jail

SANAA: Around 1,200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, officials said. The incident is the biggest in a series of prison breaks that have freed Yemeni militants in recent years and signals the further erosion of the state amid a raging civil war. “Groups of…

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Brazil prison population rockets to world's 4th largest

BRASILIA: The number of Brazilians behind bars has almost doubled in a decade, rocketing the South American nation to the world's fourth largest prison population, authorities said Tuesday. As of the first quarter of 2014 — the latest figures available — there were 607,700 people in prison in Brazil, according to a study by the…

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Innocent New Yorker gets $6.25 mn for 25 years in jail

NEW YORK: New York authorities agreed to pay $6.25 million compensation to an innocent man who spent nearly 25 years languishing in prison for a murder he did not commit. Jonathan Fleming, 53, walked free in April 2014 after his conviction was overturned by the Brooklyn district attorney. He had been found guilty of the…

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Mindblowing jailbreaks in the US

WASHINGTON: The two inmates who escaped Saturday from a maximum security prison in New York state are the latest in a select list of prisoners who were able to break through the best of America's prison security. Here is a list of some of the top breakouts: Sutton's ground-breaking  escapes  A bank robbery specialist, Willie…

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