- EU praises release of political prisoners in Belarus Updated: Aug-23-15 8:40 am
MINSK, Belarus - The European Union praised Belarus' release of political prisoners as "important progress" in its efforts to improve relations with the West, while the most prominent of those freed described it as a cynical attempt by the authoritarian government to gain access to badly needed Western credits.
- Venezuela frees 2nd prominent opponent in just over 24 hours Updated: Aug-13-15 6:50 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - A former Venezuelan defense minister turned staunch government critic was freed from prison early Thursday, making him the second prominent opposition leader to be let go in a little more than 24 hours.
- Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners Updated: Jul-30-15 6:56 am
YANGON, Myanmar - More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that included nearly 7,000 prisoners.