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US diplomat urges Vietnam to improve human rights

HANOI Vietnam (AP) - A senior U.S. diplomat says Vietnam should improve its human rights record in order to make progress in its relationship with the United States. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell says Vietnam's stance on Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Myanmar reforms leave political prisoners behind

YANGON Myanmar (AP) - In a remote prison in northwest Myanmar, Aye Aung wakes up each day as he has for nearly 14 years alone in a dark cell on a wooden plank, a prisoner of conscience all but forgotten by the world. For hours, the former student activist Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Chance encounter prompts torture suspect's arrest

DENVER (AP) - A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in his home country, according to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Chavez foes hope for 'political prisoner' amnesty

CARACAS Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's opposition leaders are calling on President Hugo Chavez to grant amnesty to the country's self-proclaimed political prisoners. Opposition congressman Edgar Zambrano said he was optimistic after presenting a proposed bill amnesty bill to the Full version...