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US citizen tortured by 3 years isolation before trial over socks

In 2004, American citizen Fahad Hashmi, raised in Flushing, New York since the age of three, let a "friend of a friend" crash at his apartment in London. Fahad was in graduate school, and the acquaintance asked to stay for a couple of weeks.

Op-Ed: Obama administration split on issue of torture ban

Washington - In 2005 the Bush administration revealed that it interpreted the UN Convention Against Torture banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" as not applicable to the CIA or military prisons overseas.

Op-Ed: Me-too journalism challenges credibility

New York - In recent weeks the public has been bombarded with false reports carried as the lead stories on respected journalism venues. The claimed release of 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls was one.

Obama's credit card declined in restaurant

Washington - President Barack Obama faced a moment of embarrassment recently, and one that many people have encountered as well. On one of his regular appearances at a restaurant he went to pay the bill, only to find that his credit card was declined.

Op-Ed: Ebolabama the latest problem of Barack Obama

Dallas - With all the attacks on President Barack Obama over Ebola it needs to be remembered that the disease has been known to exist since 1976.

Obama hits campaign trail in delicate balancing act

Washington - Less than three weeks before key mid-term elections, US President Barack Obama on Wednesday finally hits the campaign trail, an event signaling a delicate balancing act for his Democratic party.

No delay for health-care rule in California

Home health-care workers in California will be eligible for overtime and minimum wage pay on January 1, 2015. The Obama administration has delayed the enforcement of the new rule for six months, nationwide.

Op-Ed: Krugman: Obama 'most consequential president in American history'

Washington - Paul Krugman, a professor at Princeton and the winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2008, is saying nice things about President Barack Obama and his presidency. This is the same Krugman that once said he was "skeptical" of Obama succeeding.

Op-Ed: Obama being pushed to send ground troops to Iraq

Baghdad - For several weeks now there has been an apparent tension between Obama and some US generals with respect to the role of "boots on the ground" in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq.

Obama says White House expects FCC to uphold net neutrality

At a town hall-type meeting Thursday in Southern California, Pres. Barack Obama said his administration “expects” the FCC to maintain net neutrality, and to prevent Internet service providers from offering multiple tiers of service.

Op-Ed: Canada should mind its own business in Iraq

Ottawa - Canada is flexing its military might against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) by sending a coalition of contributing CF-18s and air support for the next six months.

Huge NYT/CBS News/YouGov poll boosts Republicans

Washington - With midterm elections bearing down, most polls continue to suggest Republicans will maintain control of the House of Representatives and take control of the U.S. Senate.

Op-Ed: Turkey's shameful ISIS deal on brink of massacre of Kurds

As ISIS terrorists moved into the Syrian city of Kobani to begin a likely massacre of Kurds, it was revealed that Turkey had made a deal with the group to free Ankara’s diplomats held hostage in Mosul, Iraq.

Op-Ed: Obama's moderate rebels in Syria may be hard to find

Washington - Obama's strategy for battling the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq envisions using proxy troops on the ground rather than US forces. In Iraq there are the Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi forces.

More funding for Obama's BRAIN

Washington - A mix of public, private, philanthropic, and academic investments have been collected in order to fund additional BRAIN Initiative-related projects. This is a project to map out the human brain, launched by President Obama in 2013.

Elite U.S. Secret Service now a punching bag and a punchline

Washington - The Secret Service lost more than its boss over the cascade of security lapses which cast doubt on its capacity to fulfill its prime mission: protecting President Barack Obama.

Op-Ed: Boehner - U.S. may have 'no choice' on combat troops fighting ISIL

Washington - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) appeared Sunday on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and said that the United States may have no other choice than to send combat ground troops to fight the war against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Op-Ed: Bush/Cheney foster ISIS-ISIL

Once again former President George W. Bush and his careless gun-handling vice president, Dick Cheney, are getting off the hook. Let's blame the black guy.

Narendra Modi's busy schedule during US visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in the United States on September 26 to commence his maiden trip to the US since taking office in May 2014.

Obama protects huge area of Pacific Ocean

U.S. President Barack Obama has exercised his authority to expand an existing marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean, making it the largest in the world.

Op-Ed: Russia to join fight against ISIS

New York - Russia has decided to join the fight against terrorist ISIS in Iraq. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Iraqi officials and announced the offer.

The U.S. now has the largest marine reserve in the the Pacific

In the middle of the Central-Pacific Ocean is a marine reserve few people know about. It's called the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Originally created during the George W. Bush era, it is now an astounding six times larger.

Big ammo stash found in White House intruder's car

Washington - A homeless US army veteran who jumped a fence and ran into the White House with a knife had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car, a court heard on Monday.

Obama to press at UN for broader anti-IS coalition

Washington - US President Barack Obama plans to make his case against the Islamic State militants before the world at the United Nations General Assembly next week in a bid for greater international support in the anti-IS fight.

U.S. military joins Ebola campaign

Washington - After several weeks of international lobbying, President Barack Obama has agreed to send thousands of military personnel to Africa to streamline infectious disease-response efforts against Ebola.

In U.S., growing skepticism over 'no boots on ground' war plan

Washington - President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without U.S. ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted.

Op-Ed: Obama's bombing of IS in Syria likely violates international law

Washington - The Obama administration has explained why it thinks it has the legal authority to bomb IS in Iraq and Syria although many doubt whether the justifications are sound. No justification has yet been been given for the attacks under international law,.

Op-Ed: Australia busts up ISIS beheading plot

Sydney - Australian police say they broke up a plot by ISIS terrorists to randomly execute a victim. More than 800 police raided houses and vehicles in Sydney and Brisbane.

28 pages of 9/11 report about foreign involvement still secret

Washington - In 2002 a report was issued that gave details of support for the hijackers behind the 2001 attacks. Twelve years later the pages dealing with the support still remain classified in spite of many promises to have them released.

Op-Ed: The Islamic State — Obama follows W’s lead

New York - There is a residual anti-”Christian West" dimension to the “Muslim” narrative in many parts of the world, including among a great many Muslims enjoying the “freedoms” and social benefits guaranteed residents in Western “democratic” lands.
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