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In a first, former CIA captive appeals Guantánamo trial to Supreme Court

Gitmo trial appealed to Supreme CourtLawyers for the man accused of orchestrating the USS Cole bombing are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the military tribunal here using accounts of the captive’s CIA torture drawn from declassified documents and an interrogator’s recent memoirs.

The 38-page petition with hundreds of pages of supporting documents describes Abd al Rahim al Nashiri’s being sodomized, kept naked and kenneled like a dog, crammed into a box the size of an office safe and being threatened with a revved power drill while hanging shackled and nude from a cell ceiling.

And that’s from the portion that isn’t blacked out.

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Dozens killed when Somali refugee boat is fired on in Red Sea

Somais die when ship fired uponDozens of people were killed and many more injured when a boat carrying Somali refugees was fired upon in the Red Sea, human rights groups said Friday.

The death toll was reported between 33 and 42 people, including women and children.

The New York Times reported it took several hours to bring the boat ashore. When it was finally brought to port, a grisly scene unfolded as bodies were laid on the ground and bloodied survivors were taken to hospitals in Yemen.

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UN report: Israel has established an 'apartheid regime'

Israeli occupationA new United Nations report accuses Israel of having established "an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole".

The publication comes amid renewed debate about whether, through its settlement policy and rejection of Palestinian self-determination, the Israeli government is creating - or even has already created - a de facto "one-state", which critics warn would constitute a form of apartheid.

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UN Chief Warns That Women’s Rights Are Under Attack Worldwide

UN: Women under attack worldwideIn a speech to the Commission on the Status of Women on Monday night, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that women’s rights are being threatened on a global scale.

According to Time, Guterres warned that women around the world are facing “new assaults on their safety and dignity.” He did not name any specific governments or groups, but he spoke of “challenges that arise from violent extremism, human rights violations, xenophobia and other threats.” The speech appeared to be aimed at President Donald Trump and his proposed refugee and immigrant ban, as well as extremist group ISIS and Russia’s recent legislation decriminalizing domestic violence.

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Punishing rights lawyers a top achievement, says China

China takes pride in punishing human rights lawyersChina has praised punishments given to a prominent human rights lawyer and his associates as one of its legal system's top accomplishments last year.

In an annual report to China's parliament, Chief Justice Zhou Qiang singled out Zhou Shifeng, who in August was sentenced to seven years in prison for "subversion". He said the "severe punishment of the crime of endangering state security" committed by rights defenders was a key achievement in 2016.

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UN: Up to 450,000 IDPs expected in cramped Mosul camps

450,000 displaced in Mosul campsThere may not be enough space in camps to accommodate the tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) currently fleeing their homes in western Mosul amid intense fighting in the city, a United Nations official has said.

At least 50,000 people have made their way to the camps on the eastern side of the Tigris River, but the UN warns that if the number rapidly increases, they will be hard pressed to find a place for the new arrivals.

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On International Women's Day, a statue of little girl defiantly stares down Wall Street bull

Girl v bull on Wall StreetThe iconic bull statue on Wall Street may have met his match, and she's female.

On the eve of International Women's Day, an asset management company placed a statue of a little girl in front of Manhattan’s iconic charging bull to highlight a lack of gender diversity and equality in the workplace.

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