As part of a prisoner exchange, the Iranian government freed a Princeton University graduate student Saturday held since 2016 on espionage charges that the U.S. characterized as "fabricated."Xiyue Wang, a fourth-year Princeton University doctoral student of late 19th and early 20th-century Eurasian history, was released by Iran as part of a prisoner swap for Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani.Wang, 38, was first arrested in August 2016 and charged with espionage before being sentenced to 10 years in Iranian prison. U.S. officials have repeatedly denied the Princeton graduate student had any intelligence ties and said he was arrested on "fabricated national-security related charges."Wang, who has a wife and a young child in the U.S., was flown in a Swiss government airplane from Tehran to Zurich Saturday to meet with Brian H. Hook, the U.S. State Department's special representative from Iran, U.S. officials told The New York Times."Our family is complete once again," reads a statement … [Read more...] about Iran Frees American Princeton University Student Xiyue Wang in Prisoner Swap
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Aligarh: Two Aligarh Muslim University students have been booked for allegedly sharing a post calling for a protest at the institute's Kennedy House lawns to mark the 27th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, according to an FIR. They have been booked under Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, the first investigation report (FIR), registered at the Civil Lines Police Station here, stated. Circle Officer, Civil lines, Anil Samania said the matter is being investigated. Police registered the case on Friday evening following a complaint by the district spokesman of the Bhartiya Janta Yuwa Morcha Prateeek Chauhan. In his complaint, Chauhan said the students had shared a post on Facebook that called for a protest at the Kennedy House lawns to mark the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. The mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992, by 'karsevaks' who had converged as part of a movement by the BJP and Hindu outfits for construction of a temple dedicated to Lord Ram … [Read more...] about Two AMU Students Booked for Sharing Post Calling for Protest over Babri Masjid Demolition
President Donald Trump celebrated the news Saturday that Iran had released Princeton University student Xiyue Wang after three years of being detained in Iran.“We thank our Swiss partners for their assistance in negotiating Mr. Wang’s release with Iran,” Trump wrote in a statement. Wang was held captive on the presence of espionage, serving a ten-year prison sentence after Iranian officials arrested him in August 2016 — an accusation that American officials denied. In exchange, the United States freed Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani, arrested in Chicago for violating trade sanctions, as he was already set to be released early under a plea agreement, according to Trump officials speaking to the New York Times. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that Wang was on the way home to see his family. “The United States will not rest until we bring every American detained in Iran and around the world back home to their loved ones,” he said in a … [Read more...] about Iran Releases Princeton Student Xiyue Wang After Three-Year Detainment
1The Dilemma. HONG KONG — May peered down into the dark hole. The glow of her friends’ headlamps revealed a hint of filthy gray water, but not all the shit or cockroaches swimming within. Beneath May’s feet was Hong Kong’s labyrinth system of drainage and sewer pipes — and her best chance to escape the university campus where she had been trapped by police.May is 21 and in college, although her slight frame and wide eyes could make you think she’s still a teen. The battle at the university was the toughest and longest one that May had ever fought, even after spending months on the front lines. At night she could still hear the pop of rubber bullets and the screams of protesters who had been caught by police when she tried to sleep.Hong Kong has been engulfed in protests for nearly six months — they were at first over a controversial extradition bill that’s since been rescinded, but soon evolved into calls for greater police … [Read more...] about Students And Police Were At War On A Campus Under Siege. The Sewers Were The Only Escape.
North Korea has released an imprisoned American university student, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed Tuesday. Otto Frederick Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate, was arrested last January while visiting North Korea as a tourist. He was detained for stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for his anti-state activities.Warmbier has not been seen since the tearful public trial. BREAKING: North Korea releases jailed US university student Otto Warmbier, Secretary of State Tillerson says. — The Associated Press (@AP) June 13, 2017 Warmbier, who has been in detention for 17 months, is being medically evacuated back to the U.S. He is in a coma and has been for more than a year, his parents told The Washington Post Tuesday. Warmbier, 22, will arrive home in Cincinnati Tuesday evening. Shortly after his trial, he reportedly developed a case of botulism. North Korean medical personnel gave him a sleeping pill, and … [Read more...] about North Korea Frees Jailed US College Student
Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBloomberg apologizes after critics say his calling Booker 'well spoken' was racist Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE (D-N.J.) praised the release of an American graduate student held by Iran for three years."I'm elated that, after three years of painful separation and uncertainty, Princeton University student Xiyue Wang and his family will finally be reunited," Booker said in a statement. "This is the outcome that New Jerseyans and those around the globe who followed this unjust and politically motivated ordeal had hoped for. I'm grateful for the efforts of those who worked tirelessly and quietly behind the scenes to help bring Xiyue Wang home."Wang, who attended Princeton University, was one of Booker's constituents. He was released from detention in Iran on Saturday as part of a prisoner swap. He had … [Read more...] about Booker praises release of American grad student held by Iran