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2006-05-16 11:39:10

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Inquiries into allegations that CIA flights through Europe carried people to countries where they faced possible torture are encountering a stonewall by officials, a U.N. official said on Tuesday. Martin Scheinin, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights issues related to the fight against terrorism, said it could be decades before the full truth about the allegations emerged. "There is a stonewall," he said of the lack of firm evidence turned...

2006-05-05 04:25:50

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Friday defended its treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held abroad, telling a U.N. committee it backed a ban on torture and there had been "relatively few actual cases of abuse." John Bellinger, legal adviser at the State Department, said the Bush administration was "absolutely committed to uphold its national and international obligations to eradicate torture." Lobby groups including Amnesty International and Human...

2006-04-27 09:33:53

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Aspiring EU member Macedonia faced pressure on Thursday to explain its role in the alleged CIA abduction of a German man as a European Parliament team flew in for a three-day investigation mission. German Khaled el-Masri was detained in Macedonia on December 31, 2003. From there he says he was flown by the Central Intelligence Agency to Afghanistan and jailed for months as a terrorist suspect before being released and...

2006-04-18 12:00:15

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture has demanded that the United States provide more information about its treatment of prisoners at home and foreign terrorism suspects held in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. In questions submitted to Washington, the panel also sought information about secret detention facilities and specifically whether the United States assumed responsibility for alleged acts of torture in them, U.N. officials...

2006-04-12 11:27:26

By Gilbert Reilhac STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - At least one European state has admitted to handing over terrorism suspects to foreign agents, the Council of Europe said on Wednesday citing a clear breach of the country's human rights duties. Council Secretary General Terry Davis refused to say which of the 46 members had secretly transferred suspects and said it was up to national authorities or the European Court of Human Rights to take action. Last November, Davis gave member...

2006-04-12 08:31:22

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government, a close U.S. ally, said on Wednesday it would not seek the extradition of 22 CIA agents accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in Milan and flying him to Egypt for interrogation. Justice Minister Roberto Castelli, after months of deliberation, said he would not forward to the United States the extradition request written by Milan prosecutors, who want to eventually put the agents on trial. Castelli did not explain how he had...

2006-04-08 21:56:31

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The United States, accused by Amnesty International of twice using Croatia as a stopover point for terrorism suspects, never informed the government about such landings, Croatia's president said on Saturday. "We wish to know why our territory is used, if it is used," Croatian President Stjepan Mesic told Reuters during a visit to San Francisco. "A part of my constitutional powers is also the appointment of the heads of the intelligence...

2006-04-05 10:40:00

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN -- Three men newly freed from jail in Yemen have given detailed accounts to Amnesty International that suggest they may previously have been held at a secret U.S. prison in Eastern Europe, the rights group said on Wednesday. Muhammad Bashmilah, Salah Qaru and Muhammad al-Assad spent 13 months in one secret facility before being flown to Yemen in May 2005 and imprisoned there until their release last month, Amnesty said in a report. It based its...

2006-03-31 08:57:18

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Prosecutors hoping to put 22 CIA agents on trial in Italy for kidnapping a Muslim cleric there say they have gleaned new evidence from German phone records, a well-placed judicial source said. The CIA agents are accused of grabbing Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr off a Milan street in 2003 and flying him for interrogation in Egypt, where he has said he was tortured. One of the main arguments in the Italian prosecutors' case is that Nasr was flown from...

2006-03-17 15:51:25

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ireland's prime minister used a Saint Patrick's Day visit to hammer home to President George W. Bush concerns about secret CIA flights through his country and treatment of inmates at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo. Prime Minister Bertie Ahern raised the issue of rendition, the controversial U.S. practice of moving terrorism suspects from one country to another, in White House talks on Friday, saying he had pressed for "more transparency."...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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