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US spy jailed in Cuba for 20 years comes home

This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. The announcement came amid a series of sudden confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, as well as a swap for a U.S. intelligence asset held in Cuba and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S. Gross' wife Judy is at center. (AP Photo/Jeff Flake)

This much is known about the Cuban man who spied for the United States and was released Wednesday in a historic prisoner swap: He had access to closely held intelligence information at the highest levels of the Cuban government.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Indonesian inmates smuggle contraband via fake books


The guards of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detention centers recently found out that several inmates had smuggled contraband entertainment into their cells disguised as textbooks and documents.

Posted: December 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Return Palparan to Bulacan, kin of missing UP students ask CA

A member of human rights group Karapatan holds a placard showing the group’s protest of the transfer of retired Maj. General Jovito Palparan Jr. to a Philippine Army detention cell in Fort Bonifacio from the Bulacan provincial jail in a rally outside the Edsa gate of Camp Aguinaldo.  FILE PHOTO

The families of missing University of the Philippines (UP) students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño have asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to move detained kidnapping suspect retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. from a military detention facility to a civilian jail, preferably his former cell at the Bulacan provincial jail.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Aquino: I’m willing to go to jail…

Benigno Aquino

In so many words, yes, President Aquino said he was willing to go to jail for decisions he had made, such as approving the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which the Supreme Court subsequently declared unconstitutional.

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Church prison ministry: Inmates endure slow justice system, ‘subhuman’ conditions


Many of the country’s prisoners have been locked inside overcrowded facilities for years while waiting for the ruling on their cases due to the slow justice system, a church prison ministry report said on Tuesday.

Posted: October 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »