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2006-06-01 06:48:44

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign spy agency admitted on Thursday that one of its staff knew, but failed to report, that a German citizen had been arrested abroad and handed to the United States as a terrorist suspect. The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) said the employee was told in Macedonia in January 2004 that authorities there had arrested the man, Khaled el-Masri, and handed him to the Americans. The admission marked a startling new...

2006-05-19 06:46:49

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment of foreign terrorism detainees. It...

2006-05-19 05:52:36

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment of foreign terrorism detainees. It...

2006-05-19 04:44:01

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment of foreign terrorism detainees. It...

2006-05-18 16:47:28

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge dismissed on Thursday a lawsuit against former CIA Director George Tenet and several CIA employees by a German of Lebanese origin who says he was abducted and tortured by the American spy agency. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis agreed with government arguments that moving forward with Khaled el-Masri's case would risk national security by exposing state secrets about CIA activities vital to the U.S. war on terrorism. "While...

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,...

2005-12-14 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...

2005-12-09 14:01:48

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The Red Cross is pushing the United States to give it access to prisoners held in secret jails as part of the U.S. war on terror, it said on Friday. "We have said that undisclosed detention is a major concern for us," Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told a news conference. "We are already visiting very many detainees under U.S. authorities in Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan ... We continue...

2005-12-09 09:36:10

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland was the heart of the CIA's secret detention network in Europe, with bases there until recently holding a quarter of the 100 detainees estimated held in such camps worldwide, a human rights group said. Reports of the CIA operating secret jails in Poland and Romania as part of its war on terrorism have caused controversy on both sides of the Atlantic and dogged U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's European trip this week. Both countries deny hosting such...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.