There are some 70,000 people in Germany's prisons, and many of the facilities are overcrowded. What’s more, prisoners also cost taxpayers money. That's why in many parts of Germany, criminals are allowed to do community service instead of hard time.
Notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has died in prison five years after being sentenced to life. The 89-year old former leader of the Winter Hill Gang inspired a film starring Johnny Depp.
President Assad has promised that anyone who left the army or fled compulsory service will not be prosecuted. Under normal circumstances, desertion is met with a yearslong prison sentence.
A former German president and Nobel laureate gathered in Berlin to commemorate Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, who died in detention a year ago. His widow Liu Xia traveled to Germany this week.
Hungarian strongman Viktor Orban and embattled former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski have long been allies. Facing extensive corruption allegations at home, Gruevski now appears set to request asylum in Budapest.
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