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U.S. soldier fights Afghan ‘kill squad’ court martial

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — A US soldier accused of being part of a rogue “kill squad” that targeted Afghan civilians should not face court martial, his lawyer argued at a new hearing Wednesday. Private Andrew Holmes is accused of the premeditated murder of a teenage boy in a poppy…

Leaked cable confirmed: US, UK advised, trained Bangladeshi ‘death squad’

Britain confirmed Thursday it trains a Bangladeshi police unit that human rights groups have labelled a government “death squad” but stressed the programme was to improve ethical standards. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) was set up in 2004 and admits about 600 people have died in what it calls “encounter/shootout”…

Court OKs booting of cheerleader who wouldn’t cheer for rapist

Update (12/24/2010): Supreme Court will consider case of a cheerleader who refused to cheer for her alleged rapist A former Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for a basketball player who allegedly raped her is taking her case to the Supreme Court, according to…

Reporter: Prisoner clenched fist after execution by firing squad

Photo credit: “Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle, a witness to the firing squad execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner, traced these exit holes made by the four bullets that ended the killer’s life early Friday morning.” Five sharpshooters fired bullets through the heart of double murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner on Friday, making…

Taliban suicide squad target Afghan ‘peace talks’

A Taliban suicide squad armed with rockets on Wednesday targeted an Afghan peace conference hosted by President Hamid Karzai that is seeking consensus on how to end nearly nine years of war. As Karzai addressed 1,600 delegates and Western diplomats at the “peace jirga,” rockets exploded and gunfire erupted near…

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