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UN Report Finds Torture of Afghan Detainees

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says torture is still widespread in Afghanistan’s prisons, a year after the U.N. first documented abuse and the Karzai government promised to reform its detention practices. A report issued Sunday by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan found “credible and reliable evidence” that more than half of the 635 “conflict-related detainees” interviewed […]

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Algeria Says Militants Captured, More Bodies Found at Gas Complex

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Algerian security officials say a search of a desert gas complex raided by Islamists last week has led to the capture of several militants and the discovery of 25 more bodies, indicating the four-day hostage crisis was much deadlier than first thought. The officials said Algerian special forces detained five militants at the complex of […]

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Burma Says Troops Ordered Not to Attack Kachin Rebel HQ

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says he is trying to create conditions for peace talks with ethnic-minority Kachin rebels. In a speech in Rangoon, Mr. Thein Sein said government forces are within an “arm’s length” of the main Kachin Independence Army base in the town of Laiza, on the border with China. He said he has […]

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Activists: Syrian Air Strike Kills 7 Near Damascus

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government warplanes have bombed a rebel-held area on the southern outskirts of Damascus, killing seven people, including five members of one family. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strike targeted the village of al-Barika on Sunday. It said a couple and three of their children were among […]

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Algeria Says Bodies of More Hostages Found at Gas Complex

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Algerian officials say security forces searching a desert gas complex raided by Islamists have found the bodies of more hostages killed by the militants in the four-day seizure of the facility this week. Security officials said Sunday an additional 25 bodies were discovered at the complex at Ain Amenas in eastern Algeria. They said the […]

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Rebels Accuse Burma Army of Ignoring Cease-Fire Order

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Ethnic Kachin rebels in northern Burma say government troops are ignoring a cease-fire order that was supposed to go into effect Saturday. President Thein Sein issued the order Friday to troops in northeastern Kachin state near the border with China. However, the rebel Kachin Independence Army said Sunday that attacks involving artillery and troops are […]

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3 Killed in Yemen Drone Strike

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in central Yemen say a drone strike has killed at least three militants. Authorities said Sunday missiles fired from the unmanned aircraft successfully targeted a car, killing the suspected members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. One witness said the car was engulfed in flames. Authorities in Yemen reported dozens of apparent U.S. drone […]

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Algeria: Death Toll from Hostage Crisis May Rise

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Algeria says the death toll from the hostage crisis at a natural gas complex could rise. The government said Sunday several countries have indicated some of their citizens remain missing after an end to the bloody conflict at the complex in eastern Algeria. On Saturday, Algeria’s Interior Ministry said the nation’s hostage crisis had ended […]

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Germans Vote in Regional Election

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Germans are voting in a regional election that is seen as a test for Chancellor Angela Merkel, eight months before nationwide legislative elections. Polls opened Sunday in the northern state of Lower Saxony, which is governed by state premier David McAllister of Ms. Merkel’s center-right alliance. Analysts say the race has narrowed to a virtual […]

Thousands Rally to Support US Gun Rights, 5 Injured

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of American activists — some carrying carrying rifles and pistols — gathered peacefully Saturday at state capitals across the country for rallies promoting gun rights, as the U.S. government considers new restrictions on firearms. Rallies stretched from New York and Connecticut to South Dakota, Texas, Alabama, Arizona and Oregon — in some places drawing […]

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