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US trains activists to evade security forces

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is training thousands of cell phone and Internet pro-democracy campaigners worldwide to evade security forces in what it calls a “cat-and-mouse game” with authoritarian governments. The US government is sponsoring efforts to help activists in Arab and other countries gain access to technology that…

US faces calls for torture probes at UN rights meet

The United States faced a barrage of calls to investigate allegations of torture and shut down Guantanamo Bay detention centre on Friday in its first review by the UN’s top human rights assembly. European countries joined appeals for a halt to the death penalty, and there was trenchant criticism of…