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U.N. torture investigator slams U.S. for denying him access to Bradley Manning

A United Nations special rapporteur on torture claims U.S. authorities refused to give him access to Army Private Bradley Manning, 23, the lone soldier accused of leaking secret files to WikiLeaks. Juan Mendez, the U.N. representative on torture, said he had visited numerous other nations where he’d been allowed unmonitored…

Gbago detained in his residence by French army

PARIS (Reuters) – French special forces have detained Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo and handed him to leaders of the rebel opposition, after French tanks forced their way into his residence, a Gbagbo adviser in France said. “Gbagbo has been arrested by French special forces in his residence and has been handed over to the rebel…

More than 1,000 defy Egyptian army’s order to leave Tahrir Square

CAIRO (Reuters) – More than 1,000 protesters ignored an army order to leave Cairo’s main square on Sunday, extending into a third day their calls for a quick move to civilian rule and a deeper purge of corrupt officials. Barbed wire blocked roads intoTahrir Square, the center of the protests that…

Suicide bomber destroys Afghan army bus in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus on the outskirts of Kabul on Saturday, wounding up to 10 soldiers and civilians, less than a week after a suicide attack on a foreign military base in the city, a police spokesman said. “A suicide bomber on foot…

Gaddafi using human shields to curb air strikes: NATO

AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is using human shields to foil air strikes on his forces, NATO officials said on Wednesday as rebels angry at alleged Western inaction battled anew to advance on the key coast road. In their eastern heartland, the ragged, ill-trained rebels set out again to…

French take control of airport in Abidjan, I. Coast

ABIDJAN (AFP) – The French army took over Ivory Coast’s main airport on Sunday as the battle for Abidjan dragged into a fourth day and recognised leader Alassane Ouattara came under fire for a massacre in the west. In a telephone conversation with Ouattara, UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded he…

Ivory Coast battles rage as incumbent Gbagbo digs in

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo desperately clung to power on Friday as explosions and gunfire rocked Abidjan as forces loyal to leader-in-waiting Alassane Ouattara closed in on his last bastion. While the 65-year-old strongman remained silent, his whereabouts unknown, a close aide said he has no intention of…

Myanmar military rule ends, but army retains grip

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar’s military handed power to a nominally civilian government after almost 50 years in power Wednesday, as the ruling junta was disbanded and a new president appointed. Myanmar state television reported the junta’s State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) “has been officially dissolved”, quoting an order signed…

Mubarak and family under house arrest in Egypt, Army says

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family are not allowed to leave the country, the military council to which he handed power on February 11 said on Monday. The military denied reports that Mubarak had left to Saudi Arabia, adding: “He and his family are subject to…

Syria’s Assad deploys army in port to keep order

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad, facing the gravest crisis in his 11-year rule, deployed the army in Syria’s main port of Latakia for the first time after nearly two weeks of protests spread across the country. Assad, 45, who has made no direct public comment since protests started sweeping…

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