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EU moves to close torture equipment ban loopholes

Strasbourg - The European Parliament voted Tuesday to close loopholes in legislation banning the export of equipment that could be used for torture or execution in undemocratic countries.

Mexico police, troops 'routinely' rape arrested women: Amnesty

- Mexico's police and armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using sexual violence during arrest and interrogation, Amnesty International wrote in a damning report released on Tuesday.

Documents shed light on CIA torture program

Washington - CIA lawyers sought guarantees the US spy agency would never be prosecuted for torturing suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks, while other staff warned the program was an impending "train wreck," documents showed.

'At least 60,000 dead' in Syria regime prisons

Birut - At least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government prisons over the past five years from torture or due to dire humanitarian conditions, including a lack of food, a monitor said Saturday.

Son of slain Pakistani governor narrates horrific kidnap ordeal

Islamabad - The son of a murdered Pakistani governor has described in chilling detail how he was flogged, shot and had his nails pulled out by Islamic militants during almost five years in captivity.

Canada will sign Optional Protocol to Convention Against Torture

Ottawa - On Tuesday a number of activists, several of them wearing black blindfolds around their eyes, held a demonstration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa demanding that Canada sign on to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

German 'house of horrors' couple tortured, killed 2 women: Police

Berlin - A German couple lured women to their village home with personal contact ads, then trapped, tortured and killed at least two of them, authorities said Tuesday.

Mexican general gets 52 years in prison for torture

- A Mexican army general has been sentenced to 52 years and six months in prison for ordering the torture of a suspect and the incineration of his body, authorities said.

Mexican soldiers, police to face torture trial

- Three federal police officers and two soldiers will face trial on torture charges after a video surfaced showing a woman being nearly suffocated with a bag, authorities said Wednesday.

Russia extraditing Uzbeks to face 'pervasive' torture: Amnesty

Moscow - Amnesty International on Thursday condemned Russia for sending migrants and asylum seekers back to its highly repressive ex-Soviet ally Uzbekistan where they face "pervasive" use of torture.

Mexican army makes rare apology over woman's torture

- The Mexican army made a rare public apology on Saturday over a scandal in which two soldiers and a policewoman tortured a terrified woman in a video that went viral.

Mexico finds policewoman linked to torture video

- Mexican authorities said Friday they have located a policewoman linked to an unsettling torture video in which a sobbing female suspect is handcuffed and asphyxiated with a plastic bag.

Most Americans appear to support torture against terror suspects

According to a recent poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture is an acceptable way of extracting information from suspected terrorists -- a level of support similar to that of Nigeria, where attacks are more common.

Donald Trump says he would torture much worse than waterboarding

Manchester - Republican presidential hopefuls attempted to one-up each other on war and torture during Saturday night's New Hampshire debate, with frontrunner Donald Trump promising to "bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding."

Rio youths tell of Christmas night torture by police: Media

Rio De Janeiro - Police in Rio de Janeiro tortured five young people, aged between 13 and 23, on Christmas night, allegedly burning them and sexually molesting them after demanding extortion money, local media reported Sunday.

Smuggled Syria photos 'damning evidence' of crimes against humanity

Birut - Photographs of thousands of people who reportedly died in government detention centres in Syria present "damning evidence" of crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

U.S. group says Bush should be investigated for torture conspiracy

Washington - Former president George W. Bush and a raft of senior US officials from his administration should be investigated for conspiracy to torture and for other crimes, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

China says making 'enormous efforts' against torture

Ginebra - Chinese officials told a UN hearing Wednesday their country was working hard to root out torture, but experts and activists accused them of dodging tough questions and insisted the practice remained commonplace.

California to end unlimited solitary confinement for gang leaders

In a major victory for the prison reform movement, California agreed on Tuesday to end the indefinite solitary confinement of imprisoned gang members.

U.S. psychology group colluded with govt 'torture' program: Report

Washington - The US's top psychology association colluded with the Pentagon and the CIA to devise ethical guidelines to support post-9/11 interrogation techniques that have since been labeled as torture, a report said Friday.

Argentine torture suspect arrested in Brazil

Bras - An Argentine man alleged to have been a government torturer during the country's military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983 has been arrested in Brazil and could face genocide charges, police said Wednesday.

Mom yells during custody trial that she killed 2 of her kids

Detroit - A Detroit mother, charged with murder in March in the slaying of two of her children and storing them in a chest freezer in the home, had to be temporarily removed from the courtroom Thursday after yelling out “Yes, I did kill her!”

Sadistic dentist accused operating 'house of horrors'

A Florida dentist accused of torturing his young patients has agreed to cease practicing dentistry amidst a series of lawsuits from former clients.

Suspects in Mexico missing students case claim torture

- Suspects detained in the disappearances and alleged slaughter of 43 students in Mexico claim they were tortured by authorities, allegations that could harm their trial, human rights experts said Monday.

Lithuania reopens CIA 'black site' investigation

Vilnius - Lithuanian prosecutors said Thursday they have reopened an investigation into allegations that the Baltic nation hosted a secret US interrogation centre for Al-Qaeda suspects a decade ago.

Nearly 13,000 killed by regime torture in Syria war: Monitor

Birut - Nearly 13,000 Syrians, including 108 children, have been tortured to death in regime prisons since the uprising began in March 2011, a monitoring group said Friday.

Afghanistan making progress reducing detainee torture: UN

Kabul - The Afghan government is making progress in reducing the torture of conflict detainees, the UN said Wednesday, though more than a third still suffer mistreatment.

Op-Ed: Congress must approve force, with ground troops, against ISIS

President Barack Obama wants Congress to vote to authorize U.S. military force against ISIS, and may ask for it as early as Friday, February 6. Why Congress must approve this request, including the use of boots on the ground.

Op-Ed: Activists wonder if four confined women are still alive

Riyadh - While President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia to mourn the passing of a King Abdullah, four of the king's imprisoned daughters have disappeared off social media, and activists are concerned the women have passed on.

Op-Ed: The analysis of questioning torture

In the framework of the rule of law, the only argument in support of a possible use of torture is a "time bomb." Where is the line drawn?
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Diane Beaver, a major subject in the film The Guantanamo Trap
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Former vice president Dick Cheney.
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An illustrative depiction of torture in a North Korean gulag
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Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
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Gone too far: An Iraqi detainee who died while under CIA interrogation at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.
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