Political imprisonment

In this June 13, 2017, photo, former Deputy Prime Minister and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, center, smiles as he arrive at court house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim can’t vote in what he believes will be a “defining election” for his country on May 9, 2018, but even from his prison cell has remained a political force to be reckoned with. (AP Photo)
May 06, 2018 - 4:57 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim can't vote in what he believes will be a "defining election" for his country on Wednesday but even from his prison cell has remained a political force to be reckoned with. The firebrand politician's conviction in 2015 for what he...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, former Massey CEO and West Virginia Republican Senatorial candidate, Don Blankenship, speaks during a town hall to kick off his campaign in Logan, W. Va. Blankenship has unleashed a political ad that takes swipes at "China people" and calls the Senate majority leader "Cocaine Mitch." His ad says McConnell has created jobs for "China people" and charges that his "China family" has given him millions of dollars. McConnell's wife is U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose parents are originally from China.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
May 04, 2018 - 12:28 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An ex-coal executive who's running for U.S. Senate after serving a one-year prison sentence has unleashed a political ad that takes swipes at "China people" and calls the Senate majority leader "Cocaine Mitch." Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, a Republican, is...
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Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks about the release of the 2017 country reports on human rights practices during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 20, 2018 - 2:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others. In its annual global human rights reports released on Friday, the State Department singled out the four...
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A prisoner walks outside the gate of Insein prison as he was released, Tuesday, April. 17, 2018, Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
April 17, 2018 - 4:37 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners. The amnesty, announced Tuesday, coincided with Myanmar's traditional New Year. It was granted to 8,490 Myanmar citizens and 51...
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Activist Nguyen Van Tuc, center, stands trial in Thai Binh, Vietnam, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Tuc was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the government. (The Duyen/ Vietnam News Agency via AP)
April 10, 2018 - 7:21 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in northern Vietnam sentenced a dissident to 13 years in prison on Tuesday after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. He was the seventh activist to be jailed in the past week as Communist authorities step up a crackdown on dissent. The...
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Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont smiles when giving a press statement after he was released on bail from the prison in Neumuenster, northern Germany, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Carsten Rehder /dpa via AP)
April 06, 2018 - 10:00 am
NEUMUENSTER, Germany (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont walked out of a German prison Friday after posting 75,000 euros ($92,000) bail, demanding that Spanish authorities release fellow Catalan separatists and open a dialogue on his region's future. Puigdemont was detained by police in...
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Journalist stand outside the prison in Neumuenster, northern Germany, Friday, April 6, 2018 where former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont is expected to be released on bail later the day after he was detained in March. (Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP)
April 06, 2018 - 8:15 am
NEUMUENSTER, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the Catalonia crisis (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is calling on Spanish authorities to open a dialogue with Catalan politicians. Following his release on bail from a German prison, Puigdemont also called for the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2017 file photo ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont takes the podium at a gathering to watch the election results for Spain's Catalonia region at the Square Meeting Center in Brussels. The lawyer for fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says that he is being held by German police. Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas has confirmed to The Associated Press that German police stopped Puigdemont on Sunday, March 25, 2018 when he was crossing the border from Denmark. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo,file)
March 25, 2018 - 2:44 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia's former president was detained in Germany on an international warrant Sunday by highway police after the ardent separatist crossed the border with Denmark. Carles Puigdemont's capture, aided by Spanish...
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In this Jan. 17, 2018 file photo. Mike S. , right, arriving to courtroom ahead of the start of the trial in Dresden, Germany. The German court on Wednesday March 7, 2018 sentenced eight Germans to between four and ten years of prison for forming a far-right terrorist organization, attempted murder and carrying out bombing attacks on asylum-seeker facilities and left-wing political targets. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP,file)
March 07, 2018 - 9:42 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Wednesday sentenced eight Germans to between four and ten years in prison for forming a far-right terrorist organization, attempted murder and carrying out bomb attacks on asylum-seeker facilities and left-wing political targets. The Dresden regional court said in...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 file photo, Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola looks on during their Champions League group F soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The English Football Association on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon to support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians. Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of his links with Barcelona's soccer team, as both a player and coach.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)
February 23, 2018 - 12:13 pm
LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon in support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians. Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of...
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