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‘The Rendition Project’ sheds new light on U.S. government’s global kidnap and secret detention program

Online project uncovers details of way in which CIA carried out kidnaps and secret detentions following September 11 attacks• The Rendition Project interactive • CIA rendition flights explained A groundbreaking research project has mapped the US government’s global kidnap and secret detention programme, shedding unprecedented light on one of the…

Chinese restaurant owner rides out Oklahoma tornado in restaurant’s walk-in freezer

For years Anita Zhang’s neighbors joked that if a tornado ever bore down on her Chinese restaurant, folks could take refuge in its roomy walk-in freezer. On Monday, Zhang got the chance to test their idea — and to live to tell the tale — when one of the most…

Vatican says it’s a ‘credible’ partner in war against money laundering

The Vatican on Wednesday said it was a “credible partner” in the struggle against money laundering as it published its first-ever report on efforts to meet international rules on suspect financing. The Vatican “is already a credible partner,” said Rene Bruelhart, director of the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA), who…

French far-right pays tribute to Notre Dame suicide of Dominique Venner

France’s far-right paid tribute to a writer and activist who shot himself dead in front of the altar of Paris’s famed Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday after denouncing gay marriage and immigration. Police confirmed the man’s identity as Dominique Venner, 78, an essayist and activist linked with France’s far-right and…

American teenagers doing more to protect online privacy: study

American teenagers are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites, but taking steps to protect their privacy online, a study showed. Tuesday’s new survey showed 91 percent of those surveyed posted a photo of themselves, up from 79 percent in 2006; 71 percent post the city or town…

Afghan interpreters who served with British forces to get UK visas

About 600 Afghan interpreters who served with British forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan will be offered the chance to live in Britain after a government U-turn, it was revealed on Wednesday. Prime Minister David Cameron had initially sought to discourage the interpreters from settling in Britain for fear of…

British wildlife faces ‘stark’ threat as 60 percent of species assessed in ‘The State of Nature’ report decline

British wildlife is under serious threat, according to a major new study out Wednesday, which found that 60 percent of species assessed have declined in numbers over the past 50 years. The State of Nature report, produced by 25 wildlife organisations working together for the first time, examined the population…

David Bowie’s ‘Spiders From Mars’ bassist Trevor Bolder dies

Trevor Bolder, the bass guitarist in David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars band, has died at the age of 62 following a battle with cancer, it was announced Wednesday. Bolder joined the British rock star’s backing group in 1971, appearing on classic albums including “Hunky Dory” and “Aladdin Sane”. “Trevor was…

Senate committee approves comprehensive immigration reform bill

The sweeping overhaul of the US immigration system took a major step towards viability when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to approve a landmark bill offering a path to citizenship for millions. “It passes!” committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy exalted moments after the vote, which followed days of marathon…

Conservatives in Britain call for rejection of same-sex marriage bill

Conservative opponents of gay marriage have invited the House of Lords to reject the bill after 133 Tory MPs, including two cabinet ministers, defied David Cameron to vote against the measure. As a Tory grassroots organisation warned of a “civil war in conservatism”, prompted in part by the legislation, more…

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