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Egyptian cleric defends CIA agent convicted over his rendition

Sabrina De SousaThe radical Egyptian cleric who was kidnapped in Milan by the CIA in 2003 has come to the defence of a former CIA officer convicted for her alleged role in his extraordinary rendition.

Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, who is known as Abu Omar, told the Guardian in a telephone interview that he believed Sabrina De Sousa, who faces imminent extradition to Italy, was a scapegoat and ought to be pardoned by Italy’s head of state, Sergio Mattarella. De Sousa, a 60-year-old dual American and Portuguese citizen, faces a four-year prison sentence and is due to be extradited from Portugal on 4 May.

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Ex-CIA agent loses appeal against extradition to Italy

Sabrina de Sousa

Portugal's Constitutional Court has rejected a former CIA operative's appeal against her extradition to Italy to serve a six-year sentence for her part in the U.S. extraordinary renditions program, a court official said Tuesday.

A judge ruled there were no constitutional grounds to reverse a decision by a lower court and the Supreme Court to send Sabrina de Sousa back to Italy, the official told The AP. He spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with the Constitutional Court's rules.

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Two more detainees transferred from Guantanamo

Two detainees released from Gitmo- Two prisoners of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility were transferred to Senegal, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Salem Abu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar, both Libyans, were cleared for transfer by the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force, which "examined a number of factors, including security issues," the Defense Department statement said, in recommending their relocation. With their transfer, 89 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.

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Detained child's disease 'went untreated for weeks' at US immigration center

Detaoned child illness ignoredFive-year-old Briany nibbled her nails as she peeked from behind her mother. Her eyes rimmed with dark circles, she continued to ask if she could go out to play. Her mother, Gladis, shook her head.

Briany is being treated for Shigellosis, a diarrheal disease caused by the Shigella group of bacteria, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is behind about 500,000 cases of diarrhea each year in the US. Briany lives with her mother as a detainee at the Berks County Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania.

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Ex-Serb leader Karadzic guilty of Srebrenica genocide

karadzic guilty of genocideFormer Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was found guilty of genocide related to the Srebrenica massacre and crimes against humanity committed during the 1990s war.

UN judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague  made the ruling on Thursday, finding Karadzic guilty of 10 of the 11 counts brought against him during the five-year trial. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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The Dark Prison: Legacy of the CIA Torture Program

CIA Torture Program"In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks."

It's been more than a year since US President Barack Obama admitted that the CIA tortured prisoners at its interrogation centres.

While the CIA has long admitted the use of waterboarding, which simulates drowning by pouring water into a person's nose and mouth, a truncated and heavily redacted report by the Senate Intelligence Committee in December 2015 detailed other abuses that went beyond previous disclosures.

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Palestinian journalist ends hunger strike

Palestinian journalist ends hunger strikeA Palestinian activist and journalist has ended his three-month hunger strike and will be released in three months.

The family of Mohammad al-Qeeq, who worked for a Saudi media outlet, announced on Friday that he was ending his fast.
Fayha, Qeeq's wife, described the announcement as "a very big victory for us and for him".

Under a deal with Israel, he will remain in custody until May 21, but his so-called administrative detention will not be renewed after that.

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