Briefly World: Afghan president orders takeover of Bagram prison

Afghan president orders takeover of Bagram prison

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai ordered Afghan forces to take control of the Bagram prison and accused American officials of violating an agreement to hand over the facility to Afghan control, according to a statement issued by his office on Monday. The move came after what Karzai said was the expiration of a two-month grace period agreed with President Obama to complete the full transfer of the prison.

US puts new sanctions on freed Hezbollah leader

WASHINGTON: The US has imposed new sanctions on Ali Mussa Daqduq, a Hezbollah leader set free last week by Iraq despite US protests. The Treasury Department's action freezes any assets Daqduq has in the US and prohibits Americans from doing business with him.

Jailed Pussy Riot members change legal team

MOSCOW: The two jailed members of Pussy Riot punk band fired their legal team and hired the lawyer who helped free their mate, the husband of one of the women said. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were in August sentenced to two years in prison after they staged a balaclava-clad performance inside Moscow's main cathedral mocking President Vladimir Putin.

Church of England priest jailed for abusing teens

london: A retired Church of England priest, Rev. Ronald Johns, has been jailed for four years after admitting that he sexually abused three boys between 1983 and 1991. Judge Rabinder Singh noted a pre-sentence report described John's behavior as manipulative and predatory.

Xi downgrades internal security chief post in China

Beijing: In a major administrative move, Xi Jinping Monday downgraded the status of the domestic security chief. A brief statement here Monday said the party's new Central Committee had appointed Meng Jianzhu as secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, which controlled the internal security of the country. The post, which was till now held by a Standing Committee member, is now held by a Politburo member.

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