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2006-01-13 15:29:16

BURGDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) - A Swiss investigator said on Friday European governments had been complicit in illegal CIA activities in the "war on terror," after reports that the Americans ran secret prisons in Europe. Swiss senator Dick Marty, investigating the allegations for the 46-nation rights group Council of Europe, said he was personally convinced of the existence of the detention centers but had yet to come up with concrete proof. "It's not possible to transport people...

2006-01-13 06:36:59

By Ingrid Melander VIENNA (Reuters) - European Union justice and interior ministers gave broad backing on Friday to a plan to create "rapid intervention teams" to help members cope with sudden influxes of illegal immigrants or asylum-seekers. Six hundred illegal immigrants landed in one day on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa in May last year and there are concerns that other member states, such as Malta, are also struggling with a rising number of refugees to their shores. The...

2006-01-12 12:14:40

By Darren Ennis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament launched an investigation on Thursday into allegations that the CIA used EU countries for the illegal transport and detention of prisoners. At a meeting in Brussels, leaders of the Parliament's seven political groups and assembly president Josep Borrell voted in favor of setting up a temporary committee consisting of 46 members to investigate the allegations. The inquiry will have no legal powers, but the committee will...

2006-01-11 12:06:10

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland launched a probe on Wednesday into the leak of an Egyptian diplomatic fax intercepted by its secret service that appeared to lend credence to allegations the CIA had secret prisons in Eastern Europe. Romania, Poland and others have denied they let the United States hold terrorism suspects on their territory, while the U.S. government has neither denied nor confirmed accusations of secret jails first made by the Washington Post last November. On Sunday,...

2005-12-23 09:39:25

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - A Milan court has issued a European arrest warrant for 22 CIA agents suspected of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric from Italy's financial capital in 2003, Prosecutor Armando Spataro said on Friday. The case is one of several investigations into whether U.S. intelligence agents used Europe to illegally transfer militant suspects to third countries for interrogation. The renditions have led to tensions between Washington and the European Union. Milan...

2005-12-19 15:50:13

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed final legislation on Monday to ban the torture of detainees and voted to advance the Pentagon $50 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House passed two separate defense bills, one for funding and one for defense policies, that contained identical measures initially opposed by President George W. Bush requiring humane treatment of detainees in U.S. custody. But, in a concession to the White...

2005-12-18 19:32:41

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A human rights group said on Sunday that the United States operated a secret prison for terrorism suspects as recently as last year in Afghanistan, where detainees where subjected to torture and other mistreatment. The Bush administration has faced international criticism over detainees after a November 2 Washington Post article said the CIA held dozens of terrorism suspects in secret prisons called "black sites" in countries around the world,...

2005-12-17 18:08:08

LONDON (Reuters) - Rendition, the controversial practice of moving terrorism suspects from one country to another, is not new and European governments should not be surprised by it, Colin Powell said on Saturday. The former U.S. Secretary of State was speaking to the BBC after his successor, Condoleezza Rice was forced to defend the practice during a recent trip to Europe. The trip was overshadowed by allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency ran secret prisons in eastern...

2005-12-17 17:05:25

LONDON (Reuters) - Rendition, the controversial practice of moving terrorism suspects from one country to another, is not new and European governments should not be surprised by it, Colin Powell said on Saturday. The former U.S. Secretary of State was speaking to the BBC after his successor, Condoleezza Rice was forced to defend the practice during a recent trip to Europe. The trip was overshadowed by allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency ran secret prisons in eastern...

2005-12-16 19:37:16

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland is investigating whether foreign intelligence services acted illegally after reports its airspace was used by the CIA to transport suspected Islamic radicals to prisons outside the United States, Swiss media reported on Friday. Federal prosecutors began investigations three weeks ago after the reports to see whether the intelligence services had committed illegal actions in Switzerland, a spokesman for the prosecution told Swiss television. The...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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