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Palestine to file war crimes complaint against Israel to ICC

Palestine to file war crtimes charges against IsraelThe Palestinian Authority is set to file war crimes and crimes against humanity complaints to the International Criminal Court over Israel's settlements in the West Bank and 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

The complaints, drafted by Palestinian and international experts, will be filed to the court on June 25. A delegation from the ICC is set to travel to Israel for a preliminary investigation.

ICC investigators will work to determine if crimes have been committed in occupied Palestinian territories.

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Louisiana judge orders last 'Angola 3' inmate freed

Albert WoodcoxThe last of the "Angola Three" inmates, whose decades in solitary confinement on a Louisiana prison farm drew international condemnation and became the subject of two documentaries, was ordered released Monday.

The ruling would free 68-year-old Albert Woodfox after more than 40 years in solitary confinement, which human rights experts have said constitutes torture.

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Underage ‘enemies’ of the US: Omar Khadr and the kids of Gitmo

Kids at Gitmo“I have memories, but I don’t know if they’re mine, if they are accurate or not,” said Omar Khadr recently, recalling the events for which he was convicted by a U.S. military tribunal. Khadr, a Canadian citizen, spent almost nine years at Guantánamo Bay after being captured in Afghanistan at age 15.

His father, Egyptian-Canadian Ahmed Said Khadr, who had connections to Al Qaeda’s elite, sent Omar Khadr to Afghanistan to work mainly as an interpreter with those fighting U.S. forces who had dispersed the Taliban government in early 2002.

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CIA sex abuse and torture went beyond Senate report disclosures, detainee says

CIA tortureThe US Central Intelligence Agency used a wider array of sexual abuse and other forms of torture than was disclosed in a Senate report last year, according to a Guantánamo Bay detainee turned government cooperating witness.

Majid Khan said interrogators poured ice water on his genitals, twice videotaped him naked and repeatedly touched his “private parts” – none of which was described in the Senate report. Interrogators, some of whom smelled of alcohol, also threatened to beat him with a hammer, baseball bats, sticks and leather belts, Khan said.

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German court set to hear testimony from family of Yemeni drone victim

drone victim testifiesA German court is set to hear testimony on Wednesday from the family of two Yemeni civilian drone strike victims, in a trial that could set a precedent for international governments participating in the United States’ global "war on terrorism."

Faisal bin Ali Jaber's brother-in-law Salim bin Ali Jaber, 43, an imam who had preached against Al-Qaeda, and his nephew, Walid bin Ali Jaber, 26, were killed along with three alleged Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen’s southeast on Aug. 29, 2012. At the time, Bin Ali Jaber’s family members were reportedly trying to convince the armed fighters to abandon militancy.

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Judge may rule to end detention of families seeking asylum in US

Asylum seekers detainedA court ruling is expected in the coming days after a group of immigrant families sued the U.S. government over its detention of women asylum-seekers and their children.

Thousands of undocumented women and children from Central America arrived in the United States last year in an attempt to escape rising violence in countries including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — which have some of the world’s highest homicide rates and face rising gang violence.

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It’s Time for America to Pardon Martha Stewart

Martha StewartOn Wednesday, five of the largest banks in the world agreed to pay a combined $5.6 billion to the U.S. Treasury and then pleaded guilty to a series of criminal charges that they had operated for years as a secret cabal to manipulate currency exchange rates, in many cases directly ripping off clients in the process.

The new felons are J.P. Morgan Chase (the largest bank in the U.S. by assets), Citigroup (the third largest by assets), Barclays (the largest U.K. bank), UBS (the largest bank in Switzerland) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (a bank in Scotland).

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