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Guantanamo detainees were tortured to death, say families

WASHINGTON — The families of two detainees who died in Guantanamo Bay in 2006 on Monday challenged the government’s assertion that the prisoners committed suicide, saying they were tortured to death. Relatives of Saudi national Yasser al-Zahrani and Yemeni Salah al-Salami demanded the federal appeals court reconsider their cases in…

Canadian woman survives 7 weeks lost in remote area of Nevada

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 56 year-old Canadian woman stranded in a van for seven weeks on a remote dirt road in northern Nevada survived on snow and some trail mix until hunters discovered her, authorities said on Saturday. With Rita Chretien recovering in an Idaho hospital following her rescue on Friday afternoon, searchers are looking for…

Shocking video shows Egyptian police van running into crowd of protesters

A video broadcast by Al Jazeera Thursday apparently showed an Egyptian police van charging into a crowd of peaceful protesters. Egypt’s police have largely vanished as a visible presence in Cairo since protesters took over Tahrir Square, but many have accused them of simply going underground and working to lead…

Mexican troops killed US citizen, documents show

MEXICO CITY – Joseph Proctor told his girlfriend he was popping out to the convenience store in the quiet Mexican beach town where the couple had just moved, intending to start a new life. The next morning, the 32-year-old New York native was dead inside his crashed van on a…

Police foil Christian militia plot, seize 46 guns, 13,000 ammo rounds

Federal agents infiltrated and ultimately raided a Christian militia that prosecutors say planned to kill police officers with bombs and the 46 guns found in the home of one of the group’s members. An undercover agent was asked to build bombs by the group’s leader, whom the agent recorded stating…

Dutch PM slams ‘disgraceful’ Srebrenica gay comments

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on Friday dismissed an ex-US general’s “disgraceful” claim that Dutch soldiers failed to prevent the 1995 Srebrenica massacre as their ranks included openly gay troops. “A disgraceful statement,” Balkenende told a weekly press conference in The Hague of the comments by John Sheehan, a retired…

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