A former weapons inspector and senior employee of Australia's Defense Intelligence Organisation said Monday in a television interview that the Australian government has been covering up its involvement in the interrogation of prisoners in Iraq. Rod Barton said that he had been personally involved in the interrogation of a suspect at the US Camp Cropper, [...]

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Moroccan officials announced Sunday that six Moroccan peacekeepers currently serving with the UN force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been arrested on charges of sex abuse. The chief of Moroccan peacekeepers in the DRC and his assistant were also relieved of command. The arrests mark the first official charges brought against UN [...]

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A UN ad hoc committee on human cloning meets Monday to begin consideration of an alternative approach to regulation that would focus on national lawmaking rather than on an overarching international regulatory structure. Attempts to frame a comprehensive international treaty failed in November after the United States attempted to expand the proposed instrument to ban [...]

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UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has ruled out any possibility of his resignation over the Oil-for-Food scandal currently plaguing the UN. Annan made the statement in an interview on a BBC morning program during which he was questioned about concessions made to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the Oil-for-Food program . Annan said that the [...]

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Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Feb. 14. Alberto Gonzales will be sworn in as the nation's 80th Attorney General by President Bush today. C-SPAN has a live webcast of the ceremony beginning at 9:25 AM ET. On Capitol Hill, the US Senate convenes at [...]

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Israel's cabinet voted Sunday to release 500 Palestinian prisoners in what is being termed a "goodwill gesture" to help build relations with new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The cabinet also agreed to allow over 200 Palestinian laborers to enter from the Gaza Strip for the first time in months.The 500 prisoners are expected to be [...]

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Taha al-Amiri, formerly a chief judge at Basra's highest criminal court under Saddam Hussein, was assassinated by two gunmen on his way to work Saturday. Al-Amiri is one of several former Baath party figures to be killed in the last 18 months. Shiite extremists seeking revenge are suspected in the attack; Hussein's regime oppressed Iraq's [...]

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A spokesman for the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq said in Baghdad Saturday that the final tally of results from the January 30 election will be announced at 4 PM Sunday local time (8 AM ET); it is expected that they will be published online here. Partial results released previously give the lead to a [...]

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