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Federal judge orders release of detained immigrant children, mothers

Judge orders release of detainee mothers and childrenA federal judge ordered the Obama administration to begin releasing hundreds of immigrant mothers and children being held in government family detention centers as they await asylum hearings.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles gave the government until Oct. 23 to begin releasing hundreds of immigrant children, repeating her July ruling that found the same. In Friday's ruling, Gee granted the government additional time, as much as 20 days, to continue to hold mothers and children under extenuating circumstances.


Palestinian Prisoner Ends Hunger Strike After Court Suspends Detention

Oalestinian hunger striker releasedalestinian detainee Mohammed Allan ended his 65-day hunger strike against his detention without trial on Wednesday after the Israeli Supreme Court suspended his arrest warrant, his lawyer said.

Allan has sustained brain damage as result of his hunger strike and is hospitalized in Israel in critical condition. The court said that in his current condition he poses no threat and therefore suspended his arrest warrant.


Palestinian ex-prisoner questions Israeli force-feeding law

Force feeding challenged by PalestinianFormer Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan has carried out several hunger strikes in prison to protest an Israeli policy that allows detainment without charge or trial.

Adnan, 37, who was recently detained for alleged ties to Islamic Jihad, was freed in July after his 54-day hunger strike ignited protests across the Palestinian territories and garnered international attention, including pressure from various human rights groups.

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Benghazi case focuses attention on US interrogation strategy

BenGhazi tortureAfter a suspected militant was captured in Libya last year to face charges for the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, he was brought to the U.S. aboard a Navy transport ship on a 13-day trip that his lawyers say could have taken 13 hours by plane.

Ahmed Abu Khattala faced days of questioning aboard the USS New York from separate teams of American interrogators, part of a two-step process designed to obtain both national security intelligence and evidence usable in a criminal prosecution.


Israeli force-feeding law pits doctors against state

Israels forced feeding actionsHospital-bound and shackled, Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan was 60 days into his hunger strike, launched in protest of his detention without charge in an Israeli jail, when he slipped into unconsciousness on Friday.

What happens next — whether or not the suspected militant becomes the first Palestinian prisoner force-fed to stay alive under a controversial new Israeli law — is an issue that has caused cleavages between doctors and the state in a clash over medical ethics and Israel's detention policies.


IS affiliate in Egypt releases image of slain Croat captive

Croatian captive beheadedIslamic State sympathizers circulated an image Wednesday that appears to show the grisly aftermath of the beheading of a Croatian hostage abducted in Egypt, which if confirmed would mark the first such killing of a foreign captive in the country since the extremist group established a branch here last year.

The killing of the 30-year-old oil and gas sector surveyor likely will rattle companies with expatriate workers in Egypt and cast a cloud over President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's attempts to boost international investment and tourism following years of unrest.


The Pentagon Is Keeping Half of Gitmo Locked Up—Against The White House’s Wishes

Gitmo prisoners still not released by PentagonThe White House wants to quickly cut the number of detainees at Guantánamo Bay. One man is standing in the way: President Obama’s Defense Secretary, Ash Carter.

Carter and the White House are increasingly at odds about how to whittle down the number of detainees held in Guantánamo Bay, hampering the administration’s push to close the detention center by the end of its term.

The White House believes that Carter is unwilling to be accountable for the transfer of Guantánamo detainees and their conduct post-release, even to the point of defying the president’s policy on the detention facility, a White House source told The Daily Beast.


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