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2006-07-28 05:07:40

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Committee on Friday told Washington it should immediately shut all "secret detention" facilities and give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to anybody held in armed conflict. In findings on U.S. observance of the U.N.'s main political rights' convention, the committee said it had "credible and uncontested" information that the United States had detained people "secretly and in secret places for months and years." "The state...

2006-07-28 04:20:36

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Committee told Washington on Friday it should immediately shut all "secret detention" facilities and give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to anybody held in armed conflict. In its findings on U.S. observance of the United Nation's main political rights' convention, the committee said it had "credible and uncontested" information that the United States had detained people "secretly and in secret places for months and...

2006-07-19 15:11:27

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - The head of Italy's military intelligence agency on Wednesday defended himself and colleagues being investigated for their possible role in the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan. Nicolo Pollari told a closed-door meeting of the Senate defense committee that the Sismi intelligence agency had "nothing to do with illegal acts" and would not break the law to help foreign agents. The comments, relayed to reporters by the committee's...

2006-07-13 22:32:00

By Tom Pfeiffer RABAT (Reuters) - Abdennaceur Bnouhachem's work as a left-wing student activist came to an abrupt end on April 13, 1976 when plainclothed security officers cornered him in the street and bundled him into an unmarked van. Bnouhachem said he was blindfolded and driven to a detention center where he and four friends were tortured for three days. He was hung from a steel pole and beaten, then held under water until he nearly drowned. He was then transferred to a prison...

2006-07-12 16:19:07

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who lost power in April elections, attacked Italian magistrates on Wednesday for chasing after CIA agents and Italian spies over the alleged kidnap of a terrorism suspect. Berlusconi also said that Rome risked increasing the chances of a terrorist attack on Italian soil if the government loses its close ties with the CIA over the case. "The world is upside-down: Those who defend the security of the country go to...

2006-07-07 09:36:03

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - Prosecutors questioned the jailed deputy director of Italy's military spy agency on Friday, two days after arresting him on suspicion of involvement in the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in 2003. Marco Mancini, arrested on Wednesday, has said through his lawyer that he had nothing to do with the alleged "rendition" of Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Prosecutors believe a CIA-led team grabbed Nasr off...

2006-07-06 05:11:20

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - For two years, European investigators probing alleged CIA abuses in the war on terrorism have been searching for a "smoking gun" and someone to put in the dock. With Wednesday's arrest of two Italian intelligence officials suspected of involvement in the alleged CIA kidnap of a terrorism suspect, they have set out on a new and significant track that could embarrass both Rome and Washington. The two men appear to be the...

2006-06-29 12:25:56

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday unanimously approved an international treaty that would ban states from abducting perceived enemies and hiding them in secret prisons or killing them. The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance would require states to keep registers of detainees and tell their families the truth about their disappearance, as well as paying compensation. It still...

2006-06-19 20:05:02

MADRID (Reuters) - The European Union should demand that the United States shut the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and open detention centers around the world to outside observers, Amnesty International said on Tuesday before an EU-U.S. summit. Current EU president Austria, which will host the summit on Wednesday, has said that the deaths of three Arab prisoners in Guantanamo Bay underlined the need to close the prison, which holds 460 people. Amnesty International said the European...

2006-06-07 14:09:24

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - More than 20 mostly European countries colluded in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA jails and flight transfers of terrorist suspects stretching from Asia to Guantanamo Bay, a rights watchdog said on Wednesday. Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty said the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's well-oiled system did not involve torture but amounted to a form of "legal and judicial apartheid" that could exacerbate Muslim anger and spawn new...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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