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2006-06-10 23:07:12

Corrects job title in paragraph seven to "Prison camp commander Navy Rear Adm. Harry Harris" instead of "Base commander Navy Rear Adm. Harry Harris By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - Three Arabs hanged themselves with clothes and bedsheets, the first prisoners to die at Guantanamo base since the United States began holding terrorism suspects there in 2002, U.S. officials said on Saturday. The military said guards at the camp in Cuba found the two Saudis and one Yemeni not...

2006-06-10 23:15:52

By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - Three Arabs hanged themselves with clothes and bedsheets, the first prisoners to die at Guantanamo base since the United States began holding terrorism suspects there in 2002, U.S. officials said on Saturday. The military said guards at the camp in Cuba found the two Saudis and one Yemeni not breathing in their cells shortly after midnight and attempts to resuscitate them failed. The deaths threw a fresh spotlight on the camp, which has drawn...

2006-06-10 20:40:00

By Jane Sutton WASHINGTON -- The three prisoners found dead at the Guantanamo prison camp on Saturday were the first to succeed in committing suicide, but nearly two dozen others have tried to kill themselves behind the razor-wire fences at the remote U.S. naval base in southeast Cuba. Before Saturday, 23 prisoners had tried to kill themselves 41 times at the camp, which holds about 460 foreign terrorism suspects, military officials said. That number did not include hundreds of what military...

2006-06-06 20:18:11

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday unveiled its most comprehensive guidance to date for medical professionals in dealing with detainees, but rights activists denounced it for allowing broad use of prisoners' health data to guide interrogations. The directive allows a detainee's medical information to be disclosed for several reasons other than medical treatment, including "lawful law enforcement, intelligence or national security-related activity," which...

2006-06-05 16:26:34

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pentagon document setting rules for medical professionals in detainee operations endorses force-feeding hunger strikers, a practice criticized by rights activists, U.S. officials said on Monday. The policy decree, set to be unveiled on Tuesday, is one of three long-awaited documents on detainee operations being formulated by the Pentagon, along with the still-pending Army Field Manual and a directive guiding interrogation practices. Human...

2006-06-01 17:20:30

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - The number of prisoners on hunger strike at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay navy base grew by more than a dozen to 89 on Thursday, a spokesman for the controversial detention center said. Six of those were being force-fed through tubes pushed into their stomachs via their noses, including three who had refused food since August, said Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand. The U.S. military considers detainees to be on a hunger strike when they have skipped nine...

2006-05-29 11:09:02

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Seventy-five prisoners at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo were on a hunger strike on Monday, joining a few who have refused food and been force-fed since August, a military official said. Cmdr. Robert Durand, a spokesman for the Guantanamo detention operation, called the hunger strike an attempt by the prisoners to gain media attention and pressure the United States to release about 460 men held there as enemy combatants. Detainees are counted as...

2006-04-06 06:24:06

By Nitin Luthra and Kamil Zaheer NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's most famous environmentalist was in stable condition on Thursday after police forcibly took her to hospital eight days into a hunger strike to demand rehabilitation of thousands of villagers will be displaced by a dam. Medha Patkar, 52, who has drawn national concern by keeping up her protest despite failing health, was taken away around midnight on Wednesday near parliament to a hospital amid scuffles between police and...

2006-04-06 01:26:32

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's best known environmentalist was in stable condition on Thursday after police arrested her eight days into her hunger strike to demand rehabilitation of thousands of villagers displaced by a dam. Medha Patkar, 52, who has drawn national concern by keeping up her protest despite failing health, was arrested around midnight on Wednesday near parliament and taken to a hospital amid scuffles between police and anti-dam protesters. "Her vital signs like her...

2006-03-18 08:54:52

By Saeed Komeijani TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's most prominent political dissident, Akbar Ganji, has been released after six years in prison for criticizing some of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic, his lawyer said on Saturday. Ganji, a journalist, was jailed in 2000 for articles linking senior officials to the serial killings of dissidents in 1998. His articles particularly targeted influential cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran's president from 1989 to 1997. A...


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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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