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Azamat Tenizbayev (L). Photo courtesy of the sportsman's personal page in VKontakte
Kazakh teen released on bail is electronically tagged in London

The Kazakh teenager, arrested on charges of sexual harassment, was released on bailed but has to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet.

Kazakh teen released on bail is electronically tagged in London
Maria Alyokhina, jailed member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot. ©Reuters/Roman Yarovitsyn
Russia court orders review of Pussy Riot verdicts

The Russian Supreme Court has ordered a review of the guilty verdicts handed to two members of punk band Pussy Riot, three months before the pair are due to be released from prison, it said Thursday.

Russia court orders review of Pussy Riot verdicts
The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo© Danial Okasov
Nazarbayev ratifies treaty with China on transfer of convicted Kazakhstanis

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has ratified the treaty with China on transferring Kazakhstani convicts to Kazakhstan.

Nazarbayev ratifies treaty with China on transfer of convicted Kazakhstanis
Marat Beketayev. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Justice of Kazakhstan
Penal Reform International to change lives of prisoners in Kazakhstan

Penal Reform International will change the lives of prisoners in Kazakhstan, helping the country in its effort to humanize the penal system.

Penal Reform International to change lives of prisoners in Kazakhstan
FBI Director James Comey. ©Reuters/Yuri Gripas
Ex-FBI agent gets 11 years for security leaks, child porn

A former FBI agent was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday for disclosing confidential national security information about a foiled bomb plot to an Associated Press reporter.

Ex-FBI agent gets 11 years for security leaks, child porn
Omar Khadr. ©Reuters/Janet Hamlin
Canadian 'child soldier' appeals Guantanamo conviction

Omar Khadr, the Canadian "child soldier" held for a decade at Guantanamo, appealed his terror conviction Friday.

Canadian 'child soldier' appeals Guantanamo conviction
New Iranian president wants 'empty prisons'
New Iranian president wants 'empty prisons'

Iran's newly elected moderate president said Thursday he hoped for the freedom of more prisoners after the recent release of prominent reformists.

New Iranian president wants 'empty prisons'
Li Tianyi and his father Li Shuangjiang, a general of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. ©Reuters
China court jails general's son for decade over gang rape

A court sentenced the teenage son of a Chinese general to 10 years in jail for gang rape on Thursday, court authorities said, after his trial threw a spotlight on the lives of China's elite.

China court jails general's son for decade over gang rape
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Smoking to be banned in English prisons: report

Smoking is set to be prohibited in all prisons in England and Wales over fears of that staff may bring compensation claims.

Smoking to be banned in English prisons: report
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US convict who was 'too fat to execute' dies in jail

A 485-pound (220-kilogram) convicted murderer who escaped execution after his lawyers argued he was too fat to be put to death has died in prison.

US convict who was 'too fat to execute' dies in jail
Force-feeding of Gitmo inmates is unethical: US doctor
Force-feeding of Gitmo inmates is unethical: US doctor

The force-feeding of hunger striking inmates at the US prison in Guantanamo clearly violates medical ethics and international law.

Force-feeding of Gitmo inmates is unethical: US doctor
Demonstrators wear "Free Pussy Riot" balaclavas as they protest. ©REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Jailed Pussy Riot punk asks again for parole

One of the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot on Wednesday asked again to be released on parole after serving almost a year in prison.

Jailed Pussy Riot punk asks again for parole
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Nazarbayev signs anti-torture law

The document is aimed at creating mechanism for prevention of tortures and other forms of illicit treatment to people in places of confinement.

Nazarbayev signs anti-torture law
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Every fifth prisoner HIV-positive in East Kazakhstan

Every fifth prisoner serving a sentence in East-Kazakhstan oblast is HIV-positive.

Every fifth prisoner HIV-positive in East Kazakhstan
UN assembly slams Assad 'escalation' in Syria war
UN assembly slams Assad 'escalation' in Syria war

The UN General Assembly condemned President Bashar al-Assad's "escalation" of the Syrian war on Wednesday as rebels battled to free inmates from a prison in the key city of Aleppo.

UN assembly slams Assad 'escalation' in Syria war
Guantanamo prisoners face body search: lawyer
Guantanamo prisoners face body search: lawyer

Guantanamo officials have warned detainees at the widely reviled US prison that they will have to be patted down thoroughly each time they meet their lawyers.

Guantanamo prisoners face body search: lawyer
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Nigerian Islamists attack town, kill 55: army

Nigerian gunmen on Tuesday launched coordinated attacks on military barracks, a prison and police stations in the northeastern town of Bama, killing 55 people and springing 105 inmates.

Nigerian Islamists attack town, kill 55: army
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Guantanamo prisoner speaks of despair, hunger strike

Guantanamo Bay prisoner Obaydullah says he is "losing all hope" after joining a widening hunger strike in February to protest his indefinite detention at the US military jail.

Guantanamo prisoner speaks of despair, hunger strike
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Obama eyes Guantanamo envoy but closure path thorny

President Barack Obama may name a new envoy as a first step toward honoring his renewed pledge to close Guantanamo Bay, but the path to shuttering the "war on terror" camp seems as intractable as ever.

Obama eyes Guantanamo envoy but closure path thorny
Half of Guantanamo on hunger strike: US official
Half of Guantanamo on hunger strike: US official

More than half of the 166 detainees held at the US-run Guantanamo military prison have joined a rapidly growing hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention.

Half of Guantanamo on hunger strike: US official