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Revealed: Thatcher negotiated with IRA ‘terrorists’

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher secretly approved offering concessions to IRA prisoners if their hunger strikes were called off, files released after 30 years revealed Friday. In public, Thatcher took a firm stance against demands to be recognised as political prisoners made by jailed Irish Republican Army members and other…

Award-winning Cuban dissident ‘detained and beaten’

Guillermo Farinas, a leading Cuban dissident and winner of the European parliament’s top human rights prize, was arrested and for the first time beaten in detention, said his mother and activists. Farinas, who won the Sakharov rights prize in 2010 after going on a 135-day hunger strike to press for…