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Seven killed in suicide attack near Kabul prison

KABUL: A suicide bomber targeting a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan's biggest prison killed at least seven people on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest militant attack in the war-torn country. Another five were wounded in the blast near the facility in Kabul, which police spokesman Basir Mujahid said had hit a vehicle that staff of Pul-e-Charkhi prison were travelling in. The attacker was on foot, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. He struck as the bus was entering the jail in the…

‘We are always missing you’: Torn apart by violence, Rohingya families connect through letters

BANGLADESH: Inside a bamboo shelter on Bangladesh’s eastern coast, 58-year-old Sait Banu held a dog-eared note from her husband. “If you find a good match for my daughter Una Jamin, you can arrange her wedding,” he urged her in the letter. “Don’t worry, there is no problem in jail.” The message, sent from prison hundreds of miles away in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, was the first Sait Banu had heard from her husband since he was arrested in an army sweep last August that forced more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims, including…

French gangster breaks out of prison in a helicopter

PARIS: A gangster who was previously France’s most wanted man has escaped from his Paris prison in a helicopter. Heavily armed men helped Redoine Faid escape the jail in Reau in the daring jailbreak on Sunday. The escape lasted a matter of minutes, with three accomplices flying away from the area along with 46-year-old Faid, sources said. It is believed the Belgium-registered helicopter had been hijacked prior to the daring escape attempt. A police manhunt has since been launched across the entire Paris region – with…

From luxury to life behind bars: What Bill Cosby faces in prison

Bill Cosby, used to the high life as one of America’s biggest stars, will likely see his entourage of aides replaced by an inmate paid pennies to help the legally blind comedian navigate life behind bars after he is sentenced for sexual assault. Cosby, 80, faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in the next three months for drugging and raping Andrea Constand, 45, in 2004 at his sprawling compound outside Philadelphia. He is appealing the verdict, which could potentially delay his imprisonment for months or…

Palestinian gets life for murder of Israeli ex-girlfriend

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian was sentenced to life in prison on Sunday for the murder of his Israeli ex-girlfriend in a killing authorities said was motivated by nationalism, police said. Mohamed Kharouf, a resident of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was arrested by Israeli police in August 2017 after the body of Mishal Halimi was discovered. The 30-year-old went missing in May, according to media reports, and a crime of passion was suspected as she had been pregnant and married to another man at the time.…

Canada wants answers after Iran prison death

OTTAWA: Canada on Tuesday stepped up its demand for answers after the death of renowned Iranian-Canadian environmentalist Kavous Seyed Emami, who Iranian officials say committed suicide in prison. Tehran's chief prosecutor accused Emami of being part of an espionage network set up by Israel's Mossad and the CIA. "We are seriously concerned by the situation surrounding the detention and death of Mr Seyed Emami," Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said in a statement, adding Ottawa has "repeatedly" expressed…

Egypt’s Morsi sentenced to three years in prison

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to three years in prison along with 19 other defendants on Saturday for "insulting the judiciary," his lawyer said. The other defendants include former members of parliament, activists and three journalists. Morsi had already been sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison in two other trials after the military ousted him in 2013. The defendants had all been charged with making statements deemed insulting to the judiciary. Five other defendants,…

The Italian nursery pulling down the walls of prison

BOLLATE, Italy: With its warm colours and toy-filled rooms, the Biobab nursery looks just like any other, but this is daycare with a difference. Located in the grounds of Milan's Bollate prison, the kindergarten welcomes the children of detainees, guards and local residents to what staff describe as an innovative and successful social experiment. Opened as part of new facilities to improve the wellbeing of staff, the creche was initially little used with prison employees seemingly reluctant to switch from their…

O.J. Simpson freed from jail on parole

LOS ANGELES: Disgraced American football star O.J. Simpson, whose racially charged 1995 murder trial riveted the nation, was released from jail on parole early on Sunday after nine years behind bars for armed robbery. Simpson, 70, left the Lovelock Correctional Center in the western state of Nevada just after midnight local time, prison spokesperson Brooke Keast said. "I don't know where he was headed," said Keast. Simpson was granted parole at a hearing in July and his earliest release date was set for October 1, but…

Thailand sentences man to 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy

BANGKOK: A Thai man was jailed for 18 years on Wednesday for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, his lawyer said, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military. Use of the country's lese-majeste law has surged under the royalist junta that took power in a 2014 coup d'etat, with more than 100 people charged since the coup, according to legal monitoring group iLaw. Tara, 61, whose last name was withheld by his lawyer, was…