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2005-12-16 20:16:43

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional negotiators worked out the final details on Friday of a bill that bans torture of detainees in U.S. custody, but also allows evidence obtained by coercion to be used against prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Human rights advocates said they scored a big win when President George W. Bush reluctantly accepted Sen. John McCain's amendment to require humane treatment of detainees. But they said that would be partly undermined by another...

2005-12-16 12:03:05

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Europe's top human rights watchdog on Friday urged the United States to cooperate with its inquiry into allegations that the CIA abducted prisoners and held them at secret jails in Europe. A senior official at the 46-nation Council of Europe welcomed a decision by President George W. Bush to back legislation to ban inhumane treatment of prisoners held in U.S. custody. However, Rene van der Linden, head of the Strasbourg-based Council's Parliamentary...

2005-12-15 11:44:10

LONDON (Reuters) - Amnesty International said on Thursday Britain had allowed the CIA to operate flights on its territory to transport terrorism detainees illegally and demanded that the government launch an investigation. "The UK has allowed these aircraft to land, refuel and take off from their territory," the human rights group's regional director Claudio Cordone said in a statement. "The UK government must launch an immediate, thorough and independent investigation into mounting...

2005-12-15 08:17:15

By Huw Jones and Marie-Louise Moller STRASBOURG/BRUSSELS, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament agreed on Thursday to set up a probe into allegations that the CIA used European states to illegally transport and detain terrorism suspects. The investigation comes in the wake of allegations that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency was operating secret jails in Romania and Poland and covertly flying prisoners through airports in Italy, Germany and Romania. U.S. Secretary of State...

2005-12-15 06:03:52

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament agreed on Thursday to set up a probe into allegations that the CIA used European states to illegally transport and detain terrorism suspects. The inquiry comes in the wake of allegations that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency was operating secret jails in Romania and Poland and covertly flying prisoners through European Union airports. Leaders of the political groups in the assembly decided late on Wednesday to set up a...

2005-12-14 15:34:53

By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon denied on Wednesday that it was trying to torpedo legislation intended to assure humane treatment of prisoners and said it had not completed a new directive on U.S. military interrogation of detainees. Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita responded to a New York Times report that the Army this week approved classified interrogation techniques that could complicate talks between Congress and the White House on legislation to ban...

2005-12-14 12:18:11

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany played no part in the U.S. abduction of a German citizen who was held as a terrorist suspect in Afghanistan, the government said on Wednesday, describing it for the first time as a possible crime. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivered the government's strongest defense yet of its handling of the case of Khaled el-Masri, who is suing the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for wrongful imprisonment and...

2005-12-14 12:21:56

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany played no part in the U.S. abduction of a German citizen who was held as a terrorist suspect in Afghanistan, the government said on Wednesday, describing it for the first time as a possible crime. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivered the government's strongest defense yet of its handling of the case of Khaled el-Masri, who is suing the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for wrongful imprisonment and...

2005-12-14 11:15:13

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - There is no evidence so far to back allegations that the CIA ran secret prisons in Europe, the EU's top justice official said on Wednesday, appearing to contradict Europe's human rights watchdog. "At the moment, there is no evidence confirming the allegations made," EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini told the European Parliament. His remarks come just a day after Swiss senator Dick Marty, looking into the scandal for the 46-nation...

2005-12-14 09:05:16

BERLIN (Reuters) - Poland's president again categorically denied the country had hosted secret U.S. prisons for terrorist suspects, but a German magazine raised fresh questions on Wednesday about U.S. activities at a remote base. The weekly Stern said U.S. officials had created a special zone inside a training camp for Polish security services in Kiejkuty, northeast Poland. It said the inner zone, about 100 meters (yards) by 50 meters, was screened off from the rest of the camp by...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.