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Attack on bus in Iraq kills 60

A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 51 prisoners and nine policemen on Thursday, Ministry of Justice and medical sources said. The bus was transporting prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji to B

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Two criminals escape police custody in Bahrain

Two inmates of Bahrain’s Jaw Prison got away while being taken to court, a report said, while not revealing details of how the men escaped. Sources confirmed one of the criminals on the run is Redha Al Ghasra, jailed for a c

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Iran's Khamenei pardons 920 prisoners

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agreed on Monday to pardon or reduce the sentences of 920 people, the official IRNA news agency reported, in a customary gesture to mark the anniversary of the Islamic Republic. It was

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Brotherhood cries foul over prison deaths

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, fighting for its political survival, has accused security forces of killing dozens of detained Islamists, upping the pressure in a crisis that has rocked the Arab world's most populous state. &n

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Saudi arrests dozens in protest over prisoners

Saudi security forces arrested dozens of people this week during protests by families seeking freedom for relatives detained on security charges, activists said. Families of security detainees have regularly staged small protests

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UAE pardons over 100 Egyptian prisoners

The UAE has pardoned more than 100 Egyptian prisoners in a move hailed by the Egyptian ambassador to Abu Dhabi as a gesture that will improve strained relations between the two countries. Ties between Egypt and the UAE soured afte

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Bahrain mulls giving time off to prisoners

Inmates of Bahrain jails who have completed half of their sentences could soon be allowed time outside prison with their families, a report said. The Shura Council yesterday backed the plan, which would give them time off every si

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Tunisia needs $4.4bn in loans, aid next year

  Tunisia's government will need about 7 billion dinars ($4.4 billion) of loans and aid next year as it proceeds with a costly plan to compensate former political prisoners freed by the 2011 revolution, Finance Minister Slim

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Kidnapped envoy seeks Saudi King's help

A Saudi Arabian diplomat kidnapped by Al Qaeda militants in Yemen urged the Saudi king to meet his captors' demand for the release of women prisoners, in a video message posted on the Internet. 'I plead the custodian of the two mos

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Militants attack Pakistan jail, nearly 400 escape

Nearly 400 prisoners escaped from a jail in northwest Pakistan early on Sunday after it was attacked by Islamist militants armed with guns and rocket propelled grenades, a senior police official said.      Some wh

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