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Maria Ressa: Head of Philippines news site Rappler freed on bail

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMaria Ressa says the rule of law was broken when she was arrested Award-winning Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has been freed on bail, the day after her arrest on charges of “cyber-libel” drew international condemnation. Ms Ressa is CEO of Rappler, a news website critical of the government. She was arrested at its headquarters on Wednesday by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation. Press freedom advocates see this as a government attempt to silence the news organisation. Ms Ressa has been…

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Refugee Bahraini footballer, freed from Thai jail, says ‘I love Australia’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer who was held in a Thai prison for more than two months at the Gulf state’s request arrived in his adoptive home Australia on Tuesday, television pictures showed, to cheers and the great relief of his wife. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was released from prison in Bangkok on Monday. Authorities in Bahrain accused Araibi of crimes committed during the Arab Spring protests of 2011, charges which he denied. “Australia is my country.…

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‘My mum killed my dad with a hammer but I want her freed’

Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Sally Challen and Richard Challen during their 31-year marriage Sally Challen was jailed for the murder of her husband in 2011 but her solicitors believe a new law, recognising psychological manipulation as a form of domestic abuse, could be a defence in an appeal hearing next month. Her son David explains why he’s backing the appeal and hopes to see his mother freed. Sally’s last words to David were supposed to be heartfelt but undramatic. “You know I love you, don’t you?” she said,…

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Argentine woman abducted in 1980s freed in Bolivia

Image copyright Argentine police Image caption The rescued woman (second left) and her son (second right) are escorted by police officers An Argentine woman seized in the 1980s by people traffickers has been reunited with her family in a joint operation by Argentine and Bolivian police. The whereabouts of the woman, who is now 45, had been unknown until earlier this year when police received a tip-off she was in Bermejo, south Bolivia. The police then located the house in which she was being held and freed her and her…

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California man freed after two days trapped in restaurant grease vent

Image copyright Alameda County Sheriff Image caption The 29-year-old man was said to have been physically exhausted when he was rescued A man has been rescued after spending two days trapped in a grease vent at a vacant Chinese restaurant in California, police say. Emergency crews responded to reports of “a faint voice calling for help” from the building in the San Francisco area. The man was said to have been exhausted and suffering from dehydration, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Police say he may have…

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Trapped hamster freed from pipe on tiny ladder in Bridgwater

Image copyright RSPCA Image caption RSPCA officer Alison Sparkes said Jamie the hamster was “thirsty, but OK” after his ordeal A pet hamster which was trapped in a tiny pipe for six days was freed thanks to a miniature ladder created by an animal welfare charity officer. The RSPCA was called when several attempts to rescue Jamie the hamster failed. He got stuck in the pipe during an escape from his cage in Bridgwater. Alison Sparkes, from the RSPCA, said: “I cut a metre-long ladder from old wire mesh, fitted…

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Bat stuck on fly paper freed with butter on cotton buds

Image copyright Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre Image caption The long eared bat was found stressed, “sore” and missing fur after flying face first into sticky fly paper A tiny bat that got stuck on fly paper was rescued thanks to cotton buds and a tub of spreadable butter. The brown long-eared bat, which weighed just nine grams, was found stressed, stuck and “sore” after flying face first into the sticky trap. Staff at Wiltshire’s Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre managed to “painstakingly” release the bat using cotton…

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Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from prison

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAsia Bibi’s escape from Pakistan death row A Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has been freed from prison, her lawyer has told the BBC. Saif ul Malook told AFP that Asia Bibi was “on a plane but no one knows where she is landing”. Her acquittal sparked protests from Islamists and the government agreed to bar her from leaving the country. Her husband has said they are in great danger in Pakistan and pleaded for…

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Cameroon kidnap: Bamenda students freed

Image copyright Evn Image caption The pupils were taken from the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda Students kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon’s North-West region have been freed, officials say. The 79 students and three others were seized early on Sunday in the region’s capital, Bamenda. The school’s principal, the driver, and a teacher are still in captivity, the BBC’s Mayeni Jones reports. The government and separatists in the English-speaking region have been accusing each other of being behind the kidnapping. Africa Live: Updates as the children are freed…

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Three jailed fracking protesters freed on appeal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The trio climbed on lorries outside Cuadrilla’s site in Preston New Road Three men jailed for protesting at a fracking site have been freed after their sentences were quashed at the Court of Appeal. Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Rich Loizou, 31, became the first UK anti-fracking protesters to be sent to prison, after they climbed on lorries at Cuadrilla’s site in Lancashire. Source link

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