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2006-03-22 08:16:56

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - In an invasion launched by 125,000 U.S. and British soldiers to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, what role did two German spies play? Three years after the offensive began, a question that might appear academic has kicked up a political storm in Germany. Whether the two agents supplied the Americans with operational intelligence to guide their bombing raids, despite the Berlin government's strong public opposition to...

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."...

2006-03-16 13:32:45

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries must press the United States to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and should consider taking in detainees to put them on trial, the top U.N. investigator into torture said on Thursday. U.N. investigators urged the United States last month to close the Guantanamo camp, saying it violated a host of human rights including a ban on torture and the right to fair trial. "It is important that the EU (plays) its part in convincing the U.S.,"...

2006-03-12 11:43:01

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States is seeking ways to repatriate terrorism suspects held in Guantanamo Bay, a move that could eventually lead to the closure of the detention camp, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. "We have no intention of operating Guantanamo any day longer than we have to," U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Colleen Graffy told Reuters. "If there is another viable alternative to deal with these detainees then that's something we are obviously...

2006-03-12 06:09:12

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States is in discussions about how to send terrorism suspects held in Guantanamo Bay back to their home countries and close the detention camp, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. Asked if Washington was talking to Britain about how to repatriate prisoners and close the camp, U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Colleen Graffy told BBC television: "There's continuous discussion about that." "Hopefully, over the years, we will find a way to...

2006-03-10 14:38:08

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will not stop force-feeding Guantanamo detainee hunger strikers despite criticism from some doctors that has mounted even as the number of strikers has fallen, a spokesman said on Friday. A group of 263 doctors from seven countries called on Washington to end the force-feeding and use of restraint chairs for detainees fed through nasal tubes into their stomachs at the military prison at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base. Their...

2006-03-09 19:06:17

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - More than 250 doctors from seven countries urged the U.S. government on Friday to abandon force-feeding and the use of restraints on hunger strikers at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The doctors from Britain, the United States, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands said prisoners at the camp in eastern Cuba have the right to refuse treatment and that physicians must respect their decision. "We urge the U.S. government to ensure...

2006-03-08 17:39:13

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite accusing countries such as Jordan and Egypt on Wednesday of torturing detainees, the United States said it will keep sending suspected militants to foreign prisons if governments pledge not to abuse them. Human rights groups said the policy was illegal because the United States could have little faith in the governments' promises and knew there was a high risk of torture, especially after detailing widespread prisoner abuse in an annual...

2006-03-07 09:18:34

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's leading lawyer defended the Guantanamo Bay prison camp on Tuesday, saying detainees there were granted state-of-the-art health care, good food and "unprecedented legal protection." Responding to complaints by the United Nations, human rights groups, religious leaders and some national governments, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the camp was entirely lawful and essential to the protection of the United States. "We...

2006-03-06 13:04:57

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Inmates at Guantanamo Bay prison are treated better than in Belgian jails, an expert for Europe's biggest security organization said on Monday after a visit to the controversial U.S. detention center. But Alain Grignard, deputy head of Brussels' federal police anti-terrorism unit, said that holding people for many years without telling them what would happen to them is in itself "mental torture." "At the level of the detention facilities, it is a model prison,...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.