Political imprisonment

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, speaks to prisoners who were released by separatists in the town of Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels in the country's east have conducted a massive exchange of prisoners, the largest ever trade of captives since the start of the conflict. (Mikhail Palinchak, Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP)
December 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm
HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed separatist rebels conducted a massive prisoner exchange Wednesday, the largest such trade of captives since the start of an armed conflict in the country's east and a sign of visible progress in the implementation of a 2015 peace...
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December 26, 2017 - 6:15 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has extradited a Kurdish political activist who sought asylum in Serbia after fleeing Turkey where he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, a lawyer said Tuesday. Cevdet Ayaz was taken away Monday afternoon from a center for foreigners where he was staying after his...
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December 25, 2017 - 4:30 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels have agreed on a major prisoner exchange. Separatist leaders and a Ukrainian government representative said in televised comments on Monday that they would exchange prisoners on Wednesday. They spoke after a meeting in Moscow mediated by the...
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Supporters wave Catalonia flags during an event of the political platform 'Junts per Catalunya' to mark the official start of the electoral campaign for the Catalan regional election in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Campaigning officially begins at midnight Monday, and in the hours before that moment Catalan pro-independence groups hope to stage protests in front of town halls across the region against the Supreme Court's decision on the detained separatists. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
December 04, 2017 - 6:58 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the crisis in Catalonia (all times local): 12:55 a.m. The head of Catalonia's leading party in favor of remaining a part of Spain says a big turnout in upcoming elections will be key to stifling the region's secession movement. Ines Arrimadas of the center-right...
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November 30, 2017 - 1:56 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese appeals court upheld a blogger's 10-year prison sentence for Facebook posts alleged to be anti-state propaganda, her lawyer said Thursday, in the second tough sentence imposed on dissidents in a week that drew a rebuke from the U.S government. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu...
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November 29, 2017 - 12:17 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Negotiators say an agreement has been reached for the release by year's end of hundreds of people held prisoner in the war between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists. Representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe...
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November 27, 2017 - 9:48 pm
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has sentenced to five years in prison a Taiwanese activist who conducted online lectures on Taiwan's democratization and managed a fund for families of political prisoners in China. The Yueyang City Intermediate People's Court in central China handed down the sentence...
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FILE - In this Monday April 20, 2015 file photo, supporters celebrate with opposition leader Musallam al-Barrack in Kuwait City after his release on bail ahead of a final decision on charges he insulted the country's ruler. A lawyer said Monday Nov. 27, 2017, that a Kuwaiti appeals court has sentenced al-Barrack to seven more years in prison, after being freed on another conviction in April this year. (AP Photo, File)
November 27, 2017 - 10:46 am
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A leading opposition figure, three serving lawmakers and dozens of others in Kuwait were sentenced to prison on Monday over protesters storming parliament in 2011, with one lawyer saying police had already begun rounding up those convicted to take them to prison. The decision by...
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Dimitris Koufodinas, 59, smiles as he leaves Korydallos prison in western Athens, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. Koufodinas, the gunman for the now-defunct Greek extremist group November 17, has been granted a 48-hour furlough from an Athens jail, fueling a political debate on prison sentencing and law and order in Greece. (Yannis Kotsiaris/InTime News via AP)
November 09, 2017 - 3:44 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A convicted gunman for an extreme left-wing group who once was Greece's most-wanted terrorist was granted a 48-hour furlough from an Athens prison Thursday, fueling a political debate on prison sentencing and law and order. Dimitris Koufodinas, 59, is serving life for...
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Visitors from Catalonia and some Warsaw residents hold a protest in support of Catalan separatists in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 04, 2017 - 4:56 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the crisis over regional lawmakers in Catalonia voting to declare independence from Spain (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Several thousand people marched in Spain's Basque Country to protest the Spanish government's takeover of Catalonia's affairs to impede the region's...
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