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2005-12-17 12:33:37

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian opposition politician Ayman Nour was taken to a prison hospital after his health deteriorated on the eighth day of a hunger strike in protest at being detained on forgery charges, his wife said on Saturday. Nour, who came a distant runner up in September's presidential election, is a diabetic and doctors said the hunger strike could lead to a coma and eventually death as his blood becomes more acidic, compromising his vital organs. "He has been moved to the...

2005-12-09 19:52:03

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it invited a European parliamentarian who has urged the United States to close the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects to visit the facility, but barred her from meeting with any prisoners. The invitation went to Anne-Marie Lizin, Socialist speaker of the Belgian Senate, who is the special representative on the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison for the 55-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in...

2005-11-01 16:07:05

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Spurning a request by U.N. human rights investigators, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday the United States will not allow them to meet with detainees at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects. Rumsfeld also told a Pentagon news conference that prisoners at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were staging a hunger strike that began in early August as a successful ploy to attract media attention. The three...

2005-10-31 18:01:42

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Three U.N. human rights investigators said on Monday they would turn down a long-awaited U.S. invitation to visit Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba unless they were permitted to interview the detainees. Nearly four years after the visits were first requested, Washington said on Friday the three envoys, including the U.N. expert on torture, could visit foreign terrorism suspects because it had "nothing to hide." But although they could question...

2005-10-31 14:50:50

GENEVA (Reuters) - Three United Nations human rights investigators said on Monday they could only accept a U.S. invitation to visit Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba if they are permitted to interview detainees. Nearly four years after the visits were first requested, Washington said on Friday the three envoys, including the U.N. rapporteur on torture, could visit foreign terrorism suspects because it had "nothing to hide." But although they could question U.S. military officials, the...

2005-10-26 16:47:02

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to provide medical records on Guantanamo prisoners who are being force-fed while on a hunger strike and to notify their lawyers about forced feedings. U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler acted after lawyers representing about a dozen men held at the prison for foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, expressed urgent concern over their deteriorating...

2005-10-07 17:07:11

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross expressed concern on Friday about the two-month-old hunger strike by Guantanamo Bay prisoners, some of whom are being force-fed, as the U.S. military said 26 were on strike but their lawyers insisted the figure exceeded 200. The strike that began on August 8 over conditions and lack of legal rights is the most widespread of a handful of such protests since the prison camp at the U.S. naval base at...

2005-10-07 08:06:08

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday that prisoners were on hunger strike at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison camp and that the situation there was serious. But spokeswoman Antonella Notari declined to comment on Thursday's statement by a defense lawyer that the action involved 200 of 500 prisoners and that 21 were being force-fed. The humanitarian agency, which last visited the U.S. naval base in Cuba in late...

2005-10-06 09:17:13

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - More than 200 prisoners remain on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay and the U.S. military is force-feeding 21 of them, Amnesty International and a lawyer representing some of the detainees said on Thursday. The Americans are keeping the 21 alive by forcing food into their stomachs through tubes pushed up their noses, human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith told a news conference. The prisoners are shackled to their beds 24 hours a day to stop them...

2005-09-21 16:52:08

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday the number of Guantanamo detainees taking part in a hunger strike that began last month had fallen by nearly three quarters, but prisoners' lawyers said they do not believe it. Thirty-six of the roughly 500 foreign terrorism suspects held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were on the hunger strike, down from about 130 last week, the military said. Officials did not give a reason for the decline....


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'