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American jailed in Cuba ends hunger strike

US contractor Alan Gross ended an eight-day hunger strike Friday to press for his release from prison in Cuba. Gross moved to end his protest after a telephone conversation with his mother, who will turn 92 year old on Tuesday, according to defense attorney Scott Gilbert. "My protest fast is suspended as of today," Gross said in a statement dictated from his Havana prison to Gilbert. But he warned that "there will be further protests to come," without specifying what those might be.

Family of journalist held in Egypt says health worsening

The family of an Al-Jazeera journalist detained in Egypt for nearly eight months called for his immediate release Tuesday, saying his health has deteriorated during a hunger strike. Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist for the pan-Arab news network, was arrested on August 14 when police dispersed supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi at the massive Rabaa Al-Adaweya protest camp in Cairo, killing hundreds in clashes.

Nepal doctors end strike after government gives in to demands

Doctors in Nepal who had enforced a general shutdown of outpatient services in hospitals throughout the country for the past five days ended their strike Friday after the government agreed to address all their demands. The Nepal Medical Association, an umbrella body of medical professionals, said in a statement that the government has agreed to end political interference in the medical education sector and conduct feasibility study for establishing a separate university for medical science studies.

Russia ombudsman raises alarm over hunger-striking activist

The Kremlin's rights ombudsman has demanded that the prison authorities supply urgent information about the health of a jailed protester who has been on hunger strike for two months, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. Sergei Krivov, who is one of more than a dozen people standing trial for taking part in a protest against President Vladimir Putin last year, has been refusing food since September 19 in protest at his criminal charges. His health has dramatically deteriorated and he lost consciousness several times at a hearing earlier this week, his lawyer said.

Immigrants mount pro-reform hunger strike outside U.S. Capitol

Washington, Nov 15 (EFE).- Five activists are four days into a hunger strike at a camp set up near the U.S. Capitol to put pressure on legislators to pass immigration reform in the United States. Meanwhile others around the country are joining in - activists are also mounting hunger strikes in New York, Philadelphia and Fresno, California, according to the coalition of groups calling for reform.

Jailed 17-year-old Angolan activist on hunger strike

A 17-year-old Angolan activist arrested seven weeks ago for printing T-shirts calling the country's president a "dictator" has gone on a hunger strike, his lawyer said Tuesday. Manuel Chivonde Nito Alves started the strike on Sunday "to protest against his unjust and inhumane treatment... and to demand his release," his lawyer Zola Ferreira, told AFP. Police arrested the youth in September after he placed an order for the printing of T-shirts that were to be worn at a protest march against the regime of Jose Eduardo Dos Santos.

Russia to transfer hunger-striking Pussy Riot punk

Russia's prison service on Friday announced it would transfer Pussy Riot punk Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to another penal colony after she went on hunger strike complaining of slave-labour conditions and threats. Tolokonnikova, 23, is serving a two-year sentence in a penal colony in the Mordovia region of central Russia for the band's protest against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church.

Two Canadian men held in Egyptian prison since Aug. 16 end two-week hunger strike

Two Canadians who have been detained in an Egyptian prison for more than a month have ended a hunger strike they began more than two weeks ago. Dr. Tarek Loubani of London, Ont., and John Greyson of Toronto were arrested in Cairo on Aug. 16 and have yet to face formal charges. A website set up to draw attention to their case posted a statement Wednesday evening saying Loubani and Greyson ‘‘have resumed eating solid food under medical supervision.‘‘ The statement adds that both men have seen a doctor and were visited Wednesday by staff from the Canadian embassy.

Canada PM urges Egypt to free Canadian hunger strikers

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday called for the immediate release of two Canadians now on hunger strike after being held in Egypt without charges for six weeks. But the men could be held for at least another 45 days, a relative of one of the men said Monday. John Greyson is a Toronto filmmaker and university professor, while Tarek Loubani is an emergency room doctor from London, Ontario.

Hunger-striking Pussy Riot member on IV drip

Jailed Pussy Riot punk band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been put on an IV drip in hospital on the eighth day of her hunger strike, a prison doctor said Monday. Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike on September 23, releasing an open letter in which she described harrowing conditions at her prison and claimed that she had received death threats over her complaints. "She agreed for medicine to be given to her intravenously," Alexander Pozdnyakov, chief doctor at a prison hospital in Russia's central Mordovia region, told AFP by phone.
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