Another former Guantanamo Bay prisoner has come forward with allegations of torture and abuse by US personnel. Sunday's UK Independent newspaper has disclosed that British national Moazzam Begg , one of four Britons released from the facility last week , wrote a 25-page report of his imprisonment that includes allegations of torture, repeated assault, and [...]

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The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq has backtracked on a widely-reported estimate by one of its officials earlier Sunday who had suggested that some 72% of Iraqis eligible to vote had gone to the polls. In a cautionary statement the IECI said:Turnout figures recently announced represent the enormous and understandable enthusiasm felt in the field [...]

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The president of Germany's Constitutional Court said Sunday that despite the failure of past government efforts, the extreme right-wing National Democratic Party (NPD) could still be banned under German law, renewing interest in outlawing the controversial group. Using procedural grounds, the Constitutional Court overturned the government's attempt to ban NPD in 2003, but German law [...]

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Douglas Berman : "The legal wrangling over the pending execution of serial killer (and death penalty "volunteer" Michael Ross is continuing in Connecticut. Howard Bashman at How Appealing has a lot of the newspaper coverage and other materials linked here and here, and the blog Kirby's Reports continues to be the go-to source for legal [...]

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US Central Command reported late Saturday that the last UN-made ballots, printed by a special process in Switzerland to reduce the threat of fraud, have been delivered to polling stations in Baghdad as Iraq prepares to conduct its first free elections since 1944. Read the Central Command press release. When more than 5000 polling stations [...]

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Colombia officials in Bogota have announced the end of a dispute with Venezuela over the capture of leftist rebel leader Rodrigo Granda . Colombian officials have acknowledged paying bounty hunters to capture Granda, a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) , on December 13, 2004 in Caracas. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is [...]

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