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General News Archive - December 14, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has approved a new set of interrogation techniques that could complicate talks between Congress and the White House on legislation that would ban the torture and inhumane treatment of detainees, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. air marshals, who usually provide security on jetliners, will join law enforcement agents on other forms of mass transit beginning this week in a test of a new surveillance program, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The Pentagon has a secret database that indicates the U.S. military may be collecting information on Americans who oppose the Iraq war and may be also monitoring peace demonstrations, NBC reported on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has a secret database that indicates the U.S. military may be collecting information on Americans who oppose the Iraq war and may be also monitoring peace demonstrations, NBC reported on Tuesday.

While the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong this week may hold promises of more free trade and a better livelihood for mainstream society, for some, it is a matter of life and death.

By Christian Oliver TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the Holocaust was a myth, reiterating a view that has caused international uproar and drawn a rebuke from the United Nations Security Council.

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government has rejected calls for a full public inquiry into July's London bombings, drawing criticism on Wednesday from victims, politicians and pressure groups.

GAZA (Reuters) - A gunbattle erupted outside the Gaza headquarters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party on Wednesday, pitting rival gunmen against one another in a new sign of turmoil ahead of next month's parliamentary polls.

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Millions of the world's neediest children are not even a blip on the radar of their own governments because there is no record of their birth, the United Nation's Children's Fund UNICEF said on Wednesday.

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq was largely calm on Wednesday on the eve of its parliamentary election with a stringent security crackdown preventing all but sporadic violence. Traffic was banned, borders sealed and shops and businesses closed as most voters stayed close to home.