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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights gets involved in Gitmo case

WASHINGTON — An inter-American rights body admitted for review Friday the case of a man held at Guantanamo Bay for over 10 years, the first time it accepted jurisdiction over the US naval base in Cuba. Djamel Ameziane’s co-counsel at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Center for…

Lawyer for soldier accused of Afghan massacre charges military with ‘information blackout’

LOS ANGELES — The lawyer representing a US soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers condemned Friday what he called an “information blackout” blocking him from preparing his defense case. Attorney John Henry Browne said his team had been prevented from interviewing witnesses and injured civilians in southern Afghanistan following…

Sarkozy supporters have less sex: French poll

French voters planning to back centre-right incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in next month’s election have sex less often than their left-wing rivals, according to a poll published Friday. The survey, conducted by the respected polling institute Ifop on behalf of the pornographic magazine Hot Video, measured the intensity and variety…

Israelis kill1, wound 51 during Land Day clashes in Gaza, West Bank

Israeli gunfire killed a 20-year-old man and wounded another 51 people on Friday, as thousands rallied across the West Bank and Gaza to mark Land Day, medical sources said. Demonstrations also took place in annexed east Jerusalem and across Israel, as well as in Jordan, southern Lebanon and Syria to…

Dead spy’s family says ‘dark arts’ agents covered up his death

The family of a British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag believe secret agents versed in the “dark arts” tried to cover up his mysterious death, lawyers told a coroner on Friday. The decomposing remains of Gareth Williams, 30, were found on August 23, 2010, in a…

Afghan policement poisoned, shot 9 colleagues

An Afghan policeman poisoned and then shot dead nine of his colleagues while they were sleeping early Friday in the eastern province of Paktika, police and provincial government officials said. It was the latest in a series of shootings by Afghan security personnel of their local and foreign colleagues, deaths…

Senate urges humanitarian access to Sudan

The US Senate has called for Sudan to allow humanitarian aid workers into restive Blue Nile and South Kordofan states where a quarter million people face food shortages, a US lawmaker said Friday. A resolution promoting peace and stability in Sudan was agreed to by voice vote late Thursday, calling…

U.S. ambassador says Russia is a ‘wild country’

The US ambassador to Moscow questioned Friday how a Kremlin-linked television channel accessed his private schedule, calling Russia a “wild country” in an altercation with its reporters. Michael McFaul wrote on Twitter that NTV, a state-run broadcaster that has aired smear documentaries against the opposition, seemed to know his appointments…

General: U.S. may export terror war tactics to fight drug gangs

Drug cartels in Mexico and across South America pose a grave and growing threat to the security of the United States, and Army General Martin Dempsey is well aware of it. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently returned from a tour of South America, during which he…

Woman burnt while handling fuel amid U.K. ‘petrol row’

A woman suffered severe burns after accidentally setting herself on fire as she decanted petrol in her home, firefighters said Friday, days after the government advised motorists to stockpile petrol in case of a strike. The woman, from York, was pouring petrol from one container to another when it ignited and set fire to…

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