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2005-12-06 14:42:03

By Saul Hudson and Mark Trevelyan BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a rare concession to U.S. critics, acknowledged on Tuesday that Washington may make mistakes in its battle against terrorism and promised to put them right if they happened. But her efforts to present a united front with European allies suffered a setback when U.S. officials took issue with comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sensitive case of a German national who says he...

2005-12-06 12:53:37

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday it was filing suit on behalf of a German man who says he was wrongly imprisoned by the U.S. government, a legal challenge against one of the spy agency's most prominent tactics in Washington's declared war on terrorism. The group said it was suing former CIA Director George Tenet on behalf of Khaled el-Masri, who says that in 2003 he became the innocent victim of a CIA tactic known as...

2005-12-06 12:48:06

By Saul Hudson and Mark Trevelyan BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a rare concession to U.S. critics, acknowledged on Tuesday that Washington may make mistakes in its battle against terrorism and promised to put them right if they happened. But her efforts to present a united front with European allies suffered a setback when U.S. officials took issue with comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sensitive case of a German national allegedly...

2005-12-06 10:35:43

By Saul Hudson and Lou Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a rare concession to U.S. critics, acknowledged on Tuesday that Washington may make mistakes in its battle against terrorism and promised to put them right if they happened. But she restated her defense of the legality of U.S. tactics against a militant enemy which "operates from within our society and is intent... on killing innocent civilians." "Any policy will sometimes result in errors,...

2005-12-05 21:42:16

By Saul Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faces the first test on Tuesday during a visit to Germany of whether her defense of U.S. handling of terrorism suspects can quell concern in Europe over alleged abuses. On the eve of her five-day, four-nation trip to the continent, she gave the most robust defense of U.S. policies to date, seeking to reassure allies demanding explanations after media reports the CIA has run secret prisons in Eastern Europe. She...

2005-12-05 20:23:08

By Saul Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faces the first test on Tuesday during a visit to Germany of whether her defense of U.S. handling of terrorism suspects can quell concern in Europe over alleged abuses. On the eve of her five-day, four-nation trip to the continent, she gave the most robust defense of U.S. policies to date, seeking to reassure allies demanding explanations after media reports the CIA has run secret prisons in Eastern Europe. She...

2005-12-05 17:40:05

By Saul Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday defended U.S. treatment of detainees in the war on terrorism against European criticism, arguing that allies cooperate in lawful operations that prevent attacks. However, at the start of a five-day trip to the region, Rice did not directly address the allegation that the CIA had run secret prisons in Eastern Europe in her first extended remarks on the controversy. The accusation, which has sparked an EU...

2005-12-05 13:57:16

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will look into a report that a government minister was told about the mistaken U.S. detention of a German man in Afghanistan but kept quiet about it at the request of the U.S. ambassador. The Washington Post reported at the weekend that Daniel Coats, then U.S. ambassador to Germany, told previous Interior Minister Otto Schily in May 2004 that Khaled el-Masri had been wrongfully held but would soon be released. "We are looking inside...

2005-12-05 16:01:08

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Secret U.S. transfers of terrorist suspects are open to challenge under several statutes of international law, despite Washington's most robust defense yet of their legality, human rights lawyers said on Monday. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the practice of "rendition," which she defined as transporting terrorist suspects from one country to another "to be questioned, held or brought to justice." She said it...

2005-12-05 11:44:37

By Saul Hudson ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Maryland (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday defended U.S. treatment of terrorism suspects, telling European allies they should trust Washington and cooperate to prevent new attacks. But in a lengthy statement before leaving on a trip to Europe, Rice did not directly address the allegation the CIA has run secret prisons in Eastern Europe, an accusation that has been a lightning rod for outrage across the continent. "It is...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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