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How one of Japan’s ‘secret weapons’ at Pearl Harbor ended up being the US’s first prisoner of war


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Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’

Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’A female prisoner died after guards did not intervene while she was being beaten with a sock filled with bars of soap, it is claimed in a lawsuit set to be heard in the US.Nicole Rathmann was attacked by another inmate as she lay on her bunk at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.



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A 6-year-old girl found a Christmas card with an apparent call for help from a prisoner in China inside. We'll probably never find out if the message was real.

A 6-year-old girl found a Christmas card with an apparent call for help from a prisoner in China inside. We'll probably never find out if the message was real.In the past decade cries for help have been found in products from Kmart, Walmart, Zara, and Tesco. But it's almost impossible to authenticate them.



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US hits Iran with new sanctions, hopes for prisoner dialogue

US hits Iran with new sanctions, hopes for prisoner dialogueThe Trump administration on Wednesday hit Iran with new sanctions that target several transportation firms as it continues its “maximum pressure campaign” against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions target Iran’s state shipping line and a China-based company that has been involved in delivering missile parts to Iran. “Today’s designations put the world on notice that those who engage in illicit transactions with these companies will risk exposure and sanctions themselves,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.



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Ready for prisoner swaps, Iran says US holding 20 Iranians

Ready for prisoner swaps, Iran says US holding 20 IraniansIran said American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail, its official news agency reported Tuesday, a day after Tehran said it was ready for more prisoner swaps with the U.S. A prisoner exchange over the weekend saw Iran free a Chinese-American scholar from Princeton who had been held for three years on widely criticized espionage charges. It was seen as a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions.



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Iran ready for full prisoner swap, 'ball is in the U.S.’ court': Zarif

Iran ready for full prisoner swap, 'ball is in the U.S.’ court': ZarifIran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday the Islamic republic is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the United States, tweeting: “The ball is in the US’ court”. “After getting our hostage back this week, fully ready for comprehensive prisoner exchange,” Zarif said. The United States and Iran on Saturday swapped prisoners – American graduate student Xiyue Wang, detained for three years on spying charges, and imprisoned Iranian stem-cell researcher Massoud Soleimani, accused of sanction violations – in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes.



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Iran ready for more prisoner swaps with US, not negotiations

Iran ready for more prisoner swaps with US, not negotiationsIran is ready for more prisoner swaps with the United States, the Cabinet spokesman said Monday even as he reiterated the Iranian leadership’s stance that there will be no other negotiations between Tehran and Washington. The remarks by the spokesman, Ali Rabiei, were the first after a prisoner exchange over the weekend saw Iran free a Chinese-American scholar from Princeton who had been held for three years on widely criticized espionage charges. The scholar, graduate student Xiyue Wang, was freed in exchange for Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani who had faced a federal trial in Georgia over charges he violated sanctions by trying to have biological material brought to Iran.



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Iran and US complete prisoner swap

Iran and US complete prisoner swapAn Iranian held in the US and an American held in Iran have been freed, the two sides said on Saturday, in an apparent prisoner swap at a time of heightened tensions. Tehran announced the release of Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani from the United States shortly before Washington declared American researcher Xiyue Wang was returning home. "Glad that Professor Massoud Soleimani and Mr. Xiyue Wang will be joining their families shortly," Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. "Many thanks to all engaged, particularly the Swiss government," which has looked after US interests in Iran in the absence of diplomatic ties, Mr Zarif added. n this Wednesday, May 9, 2018 file photo, Hua Qu, the wife of detained Chinese-American Xiyue Wang, poses for a photograph with a portrait of her family in Princeton, N.J Credit: AP State news agency IRNA said Mr Soleimani had been "freed moments ago after one year of illegal detention and was handed over to Iranian officials in Switzerland". In a statement issued in Washington, US President Donald Trump said that "after more than three years of being held prisoner in Iran, Xiyue Wang is returning to the United States". Mr Wang, a Chinese-born American, was serving 10 years on espionage charges in Iran. A doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University, he had been researching Iran's Qajar dynasty when he was imprisoned in August 2016. Rising tensions between UK, US and Iran Mr Soleimani is a professor and senior stem cell researcher at Tehran's Tarbiat Modares University who left for the United States on October 22, 2018, according to IRNA. The United States and Iran have not had diplomatic ties since 1980. Relations between the two foes worsened in May 2018 when Trump withdrew the US from an international accord that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.



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Iran has released US man Xiyue Wang, who spent three years in jail, as part of a prisoner swap deal

Iran has released US man Xiyue Wang, who spent three years in jail, as part of a prisoner swap dealWang was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran in 2017 on espionage charges his family say were fabricated.



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Iran releases US hostage held for three years as suspected spy in prisoner swap

Iran releases US hostage held for three years as suspected spy in prisoner swapIran has released an American student who has spent the past three years in jail on spying charges in a prisoner swap.Xiyue Wang, a Princeton University graduate student, had been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted on charges of "spying under the cover of research".



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