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2006-02-12 06:10:39

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it was investigating new allegations of abuse by its soldiers in Iraq on Sunday after a newspaper released what it described as videos showing soldiers savagely beating Iraqi teenagers. "We are aware of these very serious allegations and can confirm they are now the subject of an urgent Royal Military Police investigation," the Defense Ministry said in a statement. "We condemn all acts of abuse and brutality and always treat any allegations of...

2006-02-08 11:10:00

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON -- The United States, which came under fire for abusing detainees in Iraq, has spent millions of dollars creating a new prison system there as part of a program to revamp the criminal justice system from top to bottom. A Bush administration official, who asked not to be named, said around 70 U.S. "correctional experts" including prison wardens, managers and instructors, had been involved in getting the new Iraqi Correctional Service up and running. The U.S. experts...

2006-01-19 18:49:01

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of retired military officers urged President George W. Bush on Thursday to spell out how he will enforce a ban on the torture of U.S.-held prisoners, complaining he muddied the issue in a statement last month. Bush reluctantly accepted the ban, pushed by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, after scandals over abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, harsh interrogations at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and reports the...

2006-01-18 07:43:34

By Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The credibility of the European Union is at stake over accusations the CIA ran secret prisons in the bloc, a top European lawmaker said on Wednesday as the European Parliament formally launched a probe into the scandal. "There must be no Guantanamo on European soil," foreign affairs committee chair Elmar Brok told Reuters, referring to the controversial U.S. detention center in Cuba. "We want to be clear to our people and to the rest of the...

2006-01-15 18:26:48

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military freed two Iraqi journalists who work for Reuters on Sunday after holding them for several months without charge. Ali al-Mashhadani, a television cameraman who was arrested in August, and Majed Hameed, a correspondent for Reuters and Al Arabiya television who was detained in September, are both based in Ramadi, one of the centers of Sunni Arab insurgency. They were freed from Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison after being held...

2006-01-13 15:29:16

BURGDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) - A Swiss investigator said on Friday European governments had been complicit in illegal CIA activities in the "war on terror," after reports that the Americans ran secret prisons in Europe. Swiss senator Dick Marty, investigating the allegations for the 46-nation rights group Council of Europe, said he was personally convinced of the existence of the detention centers but had yet to come up with concrete proof. "It's not possible to transport people...

2006-01-12 12:14:40

By Darren Ennis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament launched an investigation on Thursday into allegations that the CIA used EU countries for the illegal transport and detention of prisoners. At a meeting in Brussels, leaders of the Parliament's seven political groups and assembly president Josep Borrell voted in favor of setting up a temporary committee consisting of 46 members to investigate the allegations. The inquiry will have no legal powers, but the committee will...

2006-01-11 12:06:10

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland launched a probe on Wednesday into the leak of an Egyptian diplomatic fax intercepted by its secret service that appeared to lend credence to allegations the CIA had secret prisons in Eastern Europe. Romania, Poland and others have denied they let the United States hold terrorism suspects on their territory, while the U.S. government has neither denied nor confirmed accusations of secret jails first made by the Washington Post last November. On Sunday,...

2006-01-08 02:57:57

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A French engineer taken hostage in Iraq more than a month ago has been freed, France said on Sunday, confirming reports by Iraqi Interior Ministry and police sources. Bernard Planche was released by his captors near Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad, and was with the U.S. military, the Iraqi police sources said. It appeared the captors were trying to move Planche from one area to another when they encountered a joint U.S. and Iraqi army checkpoint, they said....

2006-01-08 02:27:27

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A French engineer taken hostage in Iraq more than a month ago has been freed, Iraqi Interior Ministry and police sources said on Sunday. They said Bernard Planche was released by his captors near Abu Ghraib jail, west of Baghdad, and was with the U.S. military. The sources said it appeared the captors were trying to move Planche from one area to another when they encountered a joint U.S. and Iraqi army checkpoint. They bundled Planche out of their car and...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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