His face is one of the most recognisable in the world but back then, it had been 24 years since the last photograph of Mandela had been published. Few people knew what Mandela looked like, let alone what kind of man he had become. And now here he was, standing before me, his hand outstretched.
Imprisoned filmmaker Oleg Sentsov hopes the international community will use the World Cup in Russia to push President Vladimir Putin for the release of Ukrainians who human rights advocates say are held as political prisoners.
Otto Warmbier fell into a coma while serving time in a North Korean jail, was released after a visit from Dennis Rodman to Pyongyang, but died shortly after returning home without regaining consciousness.
Turkey has said it will release two Greek soldiers it has imprisoned once eight of its own servicemen are returned home from Greece, where they fled after a failed coup attempt. Athens says this amounts to "blackmail".
Spain's former prime minister is said to have played a crucial role in the release from jail of Venezuela's opposition leader
Amid speculation Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is gravely ill, authorities release a video claiming to show proof of life.
The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from jail after serving a two-week sentence for organising anti-corruption protests.
As people continue to gather in Belarus to demonstrate against the government, an opposition leader has been released after three days in custody.
Alexei Navalny, Russia's opposition leader, is jailed for 15 days and fined 20,000 roubles for organising mass protests
The handover of Nadiya Savchenko in return for two Russian prisoners who were flown back to Moscow was cast as a humanitarian gesture by Vladimir…
In contrast to the rapturous scenes in Kyiv amid the return of freed Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko, it was a private welcome at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport for the two Russians freed by…
Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko arrived home to scenes of jubilation on Wednesday after her release by Russia in a prisoner swap and she promptly offered to fight again for Kyiv in its confl
It marks the first such wave of releases pledged by Aung San Suu Kyi as a top priority for the new government.
Myanmar said on Friday that it was freeing around 100 people from jail – just days before the first sitting of a new parliament dominated by the
Amir Hekmati, one of five American citizens recently released from prison in Iran has returned home to Flint, Michigan. The ex-marine left Tehran on
Three out of four Iranian-Americans released from prison in Iran have left Tehran aboard a Swiss aircraft. The three – Jason Rezaian, The Washington
Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist who’s one of four Americans being released from prison in Iran as part of a deal coinciding with the news