Why the pope’s visit to Iraq is so significant

Why the pope’s visit to Iraq is so significant

By CLARK BENTSON, ABC News(VATICAN CITY) -- When the pontiff touches down in Baghdad on Friday, it will be the culmination of a Vatican trip decades in the planning.Pope Francis will be the first pope to ever visit this area of great biblical importance -- home to ancient civilizations. His…
Prison where Alexey Navalny was sent is ‘unbearable,’ lawyer, former inmates say

Prison where Alexey Navalny was sent is ‘unbearable,’ lawyer, former inmates say

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been sent to a prison known as unusually harsh and feared as place where prisoners are subjected to intense psychological pressure, according to former inmates and prisoner rights campaigners.Last month, Navalny was sentenced to serve over two and…
Americans accused of helping Carlos Ghosn escape arrive in Japan after extradition

Americans accused of helping Carlos Ghosn escape arrive in Japan after extradition

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(TOKYO) -- After a nine-month battle fighting extradition, the American father and son duo accused of aiding former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn in his dramatic international escape have arrived in Japan.Former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his adult son, Peter Taylor, arrived in Tokyo Tuesday morning,…
Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls freed days after being kidnapped, official says

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls freed days after being kidnapped, official says

By MORGAN WINSOR and JAMES BWALA, ABC News (LONDON) -- Hundreds of students who were abducted from an all-girls boarding school in northwestern Nigeria last week have been released, authorities said Tuesday.Gunmen kidnapped 317 students from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School (GGSS) in the rural town of Jangebe in…