Political imprisonment

A steward runs after two people that invaded the pitch during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 16, 2018 - 3:21 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Two of the four protesters who barged onto the field at the World Cup final in Moscow have been sentenced to 15 days in jail. The protesters, members of the Pussy Riot punk collective, ran onto the pitch at Luzhniki Stadium dressed as police officers during the second half of Sunday's...
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Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, gestures she arrives at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. China on Tuesday allowed Liu Xia to fly to Berlin, ending an eight-year house arrest that had drawn intense international criticism and turned the 57-year old poet _ who reluctantly followed her husband into politics two decades ago _ into a tragic icon known around the world. (Jussi Nukari/ Lehtikuva via AP)
July 10, 2018 - 9:32 pm
BERLIN (AP) — In the fall of 2010, Liu Xia traveled to a prison in northeast China to tell her husband, dissident intellectual Liu Xiaobo, that he had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That was the last time she left home as a free woman. Until now. China allowed her to leave the country...
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July 08, 2018 - 4:47 am
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's highest court on Sunday ordered an opposition leader and several lawmakers imprisoned for 3 ½ years over the 2011 storming of parliament during the country's Arab Spring protests. The case before Kuwait's Court of Cassation involved dozens of politicians, activists and...
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June 18, 2018 - 10:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it's "deeply concerned" by a growing number of political and religious prisoners held by Russia. The State Department says the number exceeds 150 people. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the U.S. wants Russia to release them...
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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, center, is escorted by his security delegation as he visits Marina Bay in Singapore, Monday, June 11, 2018, ahead of Kim's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)
June 11, 2018 - 11:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said it himself to Congress and the American people: "No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea." But when it comes to human rights, don't expect Trump to hold Kim Jong Un's feet to the fire...
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In this Saturday, June 9, 2018, photo, a World War II cannon is decorated with flowers to honor the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
June 10, 2018 - 6:09 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — A new surveillance camera was installed and restaurants closed on Singapore's Sentosa Island, a popular tropical getaway thrust into the spotlight ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Located a quarter mile (400 meters) off the coast...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2018, file photo, prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai stands trial in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnamese authorities released from prison and expelled Dai and another dissident, both of whom were sent to Germany, a pro-democracy group said. (Lam Khanh/ Vietnam News Agency via AP, File)
June 08, 2018 - 8:09 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities released from prison and expelled a prominent human rights lawyer and another dissident, both of whom were sent to Germany, a pro-democracy group said. The Brotherhood for Democracy said on its Facebook page that lawyer Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thu Ha...
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Venezuelan opposition leader Daniel Ceballos arrives to the Foreign Ministry to meet with a truth commission in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, June 1, 2018. Venezuelan officials moved Friday to release from jail activists who government opponents consider to be political prisoners, including Ceballos, in a gesture aimed at uniting the fractured nation. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
June 01, 2018 - 3:52 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of activists in Venezuela who government opponents consider political prisoners were released from jail Friday in what authorities call a gesture aimed at uniting the fractured nation, officials said. Among the 39 prisoners set free under strict conditions are...
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May 29, 2018 - 9:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is estimating that 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners are being held in prison camps in North Korea. That's according to the State Department's annual report on international religious freedom. It says some of the prisoners are being held for religious...
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President Donald Trump, right, talks as Joshua Holt, who was recently released from a prison in Venezuela, joins him in the Oval Office of the White House, Saturday, May 26, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 27, 2018 - 10:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joshua Holt, a Utah man who traveled to Venezuela in 2016 to marry a woman he met online but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA's top spy in Latin America, has been welcomed home by his family and President Donald Trump. Holt, 26, says he was "overwhelmed with...
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