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CIA interrogations report sparks prosecution calls

CIA interrogations report sparks prosecution calls

The UN and human rights groups have called for the prosecution of US officials involved in what a Senate report called the "brutal" CIA interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects. A top UN human rights envoy said there had been a "clear policy orchestrated at a high level". The CIA has defended its actions in the years...

6 prisoners released from Guantanamo 5yr after being declared innocent

6 prisoners released from Guantanamo 5yr after being declared innocent

Six men held without charge for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been released and sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees. Announced by the Pentagon on Sunday morning, it is the largest single prisoner release from the controversial military facility since 2009, reports a UK-based daily, The Independent. All of the...

Al-Qaeda chief 'killed in Pakistan'

Al-Qaeda chief 'killed in Pakistan'

A senior al-Qaeda militant, accused of planning to bomb trains in New York and London, has been killed in Pakistan, the country's military says. Adnan el Shukrijumah was killed in a raid in north-western Pakistan, near the Afghan border, the military said. The FBI describes him as al-Qaeda's global operations chief, a post once held...

US hostage Luke Somers dies after rescue bid

US hostage Luke Somers dies after rescue bid

A US journalist held by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen has died after a military operation to rescue him, US and Yemeni officials say. Luke Somers was shot by his captors during a raid and later died, a US official told the New York Times. His sister, Lucy Somers, told the Associated Press that she had been notified by the FBI of his death. UK-born Somers, who was kidnapped in Yemen in 2013, had appeared in a video appealing for help. Yemen's defence ministry confirmed a "major operation" had taken place in Yemen's southern Shabwa province on Saturday. "We ask that all of Luke's family members be allowed to mourn in peace," Lucy Somers told...

US reveals Yemen hostage rescue bid

US reveals Yemen hostage rescue bid

The US has revealed it tried to rescue UK-born American hostage Luke Somers, who is being held by al-Qaeda in Yemen. President Barack Obama authorised the mission last month, it said. "Regrettably, Luke was not present, though hostages of other nationalities were present and were rescued," the National Security Council said. A man identifying himself as...

Global terror attack deaths rose sharply in 2013: Report

Global terror attack deaths rose sharply in 2013: Report

The number of deaths from terrorism increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, a study into international terrorism says. There were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year, the Global Terrorism Index 2014 report added. The report said militant groups Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taliban were...

Rise of militancy worries SC judge

Rise of militancy worries SC judge

Voicing serious concern over the rise of militancy in Bangladesh, a Supreme Court judge today said the issue must be dealt without leniency "since it involves the state's security". The concern came during an appeal hearing challenging a High Court bail for Asif Adnan, son of former HC judge Abdus Salam Mamun, who was...

Osama Bin Laden killing: US Navy Seals row over shooting

Osama Bin Laden killing: US Navy Seals row over shooting

A public row has arisen over which US commando fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden, more than three years after the al-Qaeda leader's death. Ex-Navy Seal Robert O'Neill, 38, has told the Washington Post in an interview that he fired the fatal shot. This contradicts the account of Matt Bissonnette, another former Seal...

Nusra Front rebels attack Syrian city Idlib

Nusra Front rebels attack Syrian city Idlib

Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants and other Syrian rebel groups have attacked the government-held city of Idlib, briefly seizing several official buildings. The Nusra Front said its fighters killed dozens of government soldiers before being pushed back. The Syrian government has maintained control of Idlib city in the country's north-west since it was briefly taken over by rebel...

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

As the US-led airstrikes target Islamic State (IS) strongholds in eastern Syria, reports emerged that Syria’s air force has intensified its airstrikes on rebel positions in the west. Opponents of the US strikes argue that they have given an indirect boost to Syrian regime forces, helping them focus their attacks on rebel positions outside...

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