Political imprisonment

October 24, 2017 - 6:25 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A 35-year-old Russian celebrity TV host who wants to become a presidential candidate opened her first news conference on Tuesday by demanding the release of all political prisoners. Ksenia Sobchak announced her presidential bid last week, arguing that Russia has grown tired of its...
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Holding signs reading in Catalan 'freedom', people gather to protest against the National Court's decision to imprison civil society leaders without bail, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Protesters were gathering for a fresh round of demonstrations in Barcelona Tuesday to demand the release of two leaders of Catalonia's pro-independence movement who were jailed in a sedition probe. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
October 17, 2017 - 6:07 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's top court ruled Tuesday that an independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, adding weight to government efforts to block the region from breaking away from the rest of the country but not persuading demonstrators demanding the release of two jailed...
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A statue of Venezuelan hero Simon Bolivar with a mask made with the Venezuelan flag is seen at Chacao square in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. The head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress made an emotional plea for opponents of President Maduro to remain mobilized on the streets to capitalize growing international pressure on the embattled socialist. (AP Photo/Wil Riera)
August 06, 2017 - 10:44 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ruling party chief Diosdado Cabello said Venezuelan troops quashed a "terrorist" attack at a military base Sunday, shortly after a small group of men dressed in fatigues released a video declaring themselves in rebellion. Cabello reported on Twitter that troops quickly...
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Venezuelan General Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, third left, is surrounded by loyal employees of the General Prosecutor's office, as she was barred from entering her office by security forces, outside of the General Prosecutor headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. Security forces surrounded the entrance ahead of a session of the newly-installed constitutional assembly in which the pro-government body is expected to debate the onetime loyalist turned arch critic's removal. (AP Photo/Wil Riera)
August 06, 2017 - 12:37 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was returned home to serve his sentence under house arrest, days after being hauled back to prison in the middle of the night in a move that drew international condemnation. The activist's wife Lilian Tintori said in a message on...
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Pope Francis exchanges his skull-cap with a faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
August 04, 2017 - 8:40 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis over installation of a special assembly to rewrite the constitution (all times local): 8:35 a.m. Pope Francis is inviting the faithful worldwide to pray for Venezuela and its people, and the Vatican is urging the government to...
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An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a vigil in honor of those who have been killed during clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 31, 2017. Many analysts believe Sunday's vote for a newly elected assembly that will rewrite Venezuela’s constitution will catalyze yet more disturbances in a country that has seen four months of street protests in which at least 125 people have died. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 01, 2017 - 8:52 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political situation in Venezuela (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The White House is condemning what it calls "the Maduro dictatorship" over the arrests of two top opposition leaders in Venezuela before dawn Tuesday. Opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and...
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July 20, 2017 - 4:21 am
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A court in Azerbaijan has sentenced a Russian blogger to three years in prison for illegally crossing the border after he made a trip to a separatist-controlled region of the country. Alexander Lapshin was detained by police in Belarus last year and extradited to Azerbaijan...
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July 17, 2017 - 11:54 am
PARIS (AP) — In the June 30 obituary for French political icon Simone Veil, The Associated Press reported that a Polish woman who helped run the Nazi camp at Auschwitz helped Veil when she was a prisoner there. The story should have made clear that the Polish woman was a prisoner herself and was...
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In this photo provided by the Shenyang Municipal Information Office, Liu Xia, the wife of imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, watches as Liu's ashes are buried at sea off the coast of Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning Province, Saturday, July 15, 2017. China cremated the body of Liu on Saturday, July 15, 2017, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer amid international criticism of Beijing for not letting him travel abroad as he had wished. (Shenyang Municipal Information Office via AP)
July 15, 2017 - 10:12 am
SHENYANG, China (AP) — Family members of Liu Xiaobo scattered the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's ashes into the sea on Saturday in funeral proceedings closely orchestrated by the Chinese government following his death from cancer while in custody. Liu's supporters said the move was intended by the...
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ADDS IDS - In this photo provided by the Shenyang Municipal Information Office, Liu Xia, center, wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, holds a portrait of him during his funeral at a funeral parlor in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province, Saturday, July 15, 2017. The photo shows, from left to right, Liu Hui, younger brother of Liu Xia, Liu Xia and Liu Xiaoxuan, younger brother of Liu Xiaobo holding his cremated remains. (Shenyang Municipal Information Office via AP)
July 15, 2017 - 3:11 am
SHENYANG, China (AP) — China cremated the body of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer amid international criticism of Beijing for not letting him travel abroad as he had wished. The government of the city of Shenyang in northeastern...
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