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Romania 'to clear up' allegations over CIA prisons

Bucharest - Romania is "ready to clear up" allegations that the country hosted secret CIA detention centres, the foreign ministry said Tuesday -- though it stressed that Bucharest had "no proof" such prisons existed.

Critics, defenders clash over US 'torture report'

Washington - Defenders and critics of the CIA clashed over the release of a US report that revealed harrowing details of America's torture of "war on terror" detainees, and opened fresh political wounds.

CIA interrogators heroes not torturers: Cheney

Washington - Former US vice president Dick Cheney on Sunday defended America's now-banned program that tortured Al-Qaeda suspects, praising the CIA operatives who ran it as heroes.

Op-Ed: The enduring 'ticking time bomb' torture myth

In the wake of the public release of the Senate's CIA torture report summary, conservatives and agency operatives have been in full apologist mode.

CIA chief defends agency, but admits 'abhorrent' abuses

Mc Lean - US spymaster John Brennan admitted Thursday that some CIA interrogators had used unauthorized and "abhorrent" tactics in the past decade and said he believes torture tends to lead to false intelligence.

Russia calls US torture report 'shocking'

Moscow - Russia on Thursday called a damning US report on the torture of detainees "shocking" and urged global pressure to force Washington to release still-classified details on rights violations.

CIA chief defends agency, but admits 'abhorrent' abuses

Mc Lean - US spymaster John Brennan admitted Thursday that some CIA interrogators had used unauthorized and "abhorrent" tactics in the past decade and said he believes torture tends to lead to false intelligence.

U.S. spymaster goes public to defend CIA

Washington - CIA spymaster John Brennan was to confront his agency's legacy of torture head-on Thursday, staging a rare news conference to defend his officers' brutal response to the September 11 attacks.

Bush knew about CIA torture, says Cheney

Washington - President George W Bush was fully aware and an "integral part" of the CIA's torture of terror suspects, his vice-president Dick Cheney said Wednesday.

CIA torture report revealed 'inexcusable crimes': Snowden

Paris - Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said Wednesday that the United States had committed "inexcusable crimes" during its torture programme detailed by a US Senate report.

Ex-president admits Poland hosted CIA 'black sites'

Warsaw - Poland's former president publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that his country hosted a secret CIA prison where a US Senate report says torture was used against Al-Qaeda suspects.

CIA torture sparks world outrage, demands for justice

Washington - A damning report on the United States' brutal treatment of War on Terror detainees triggered worldwide condemnation and calls for CIA agents and senior officials to face justice.

CIA torture confronts U.S. with War on Terror demons

Washington - More than a decade after the September 11 attacks, a bruised and divided United States is still grappling with their dark legacy, as the squalid details of CIA torture dominate front pages.

China tells U.S. to 'correct its ways' after torture report

Bejing - China on Wednesday urged the United States to "correct its ways" after a damning U.S. Senate report detailed use of torture by the CIA."China has consistently opposed torture," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing.

Torture report: UN, rights groups demand prosecutions

Washington - The United Nations and human rights groups called Tuesday for the criminal prosecution of US officials after a Senate report detailed a brutal CIA torture program.

Op-Ed: Is the U.S. a police state?

Washington D.c. - The disclosure of widespread torture of Muslim detainees, CIA spying on the U.S. Senate, and police violence, especially against blacks, raises the question of whether the U.S. has become a police state.

CIA chief insists torture did thwart attacks

Washington - The director of the CIA insisted Tuesday that US agents' use of brutal interrogation techniques against Al-Qaeda suspects helped prevent attacks, in the wake of a critical Senate report.

Obama says CIA torture 'contrary to our values'

Washington - US President Barack Obama said Tuesday the CIA's torture of Al-Qaeda suspects, as documented in a Senate report, had been "contrary to our values.

CIA interrogations 'ineffective', says US Senate report

Washington - The brutal interrogation methods used by the Bush-era CIA on Al-Qaeda terror suspects were "not effective" and yielded little actionable intelligence, according to a highly-anticipated US Senate report released Tuesday.

UN watchdog slams police shootings of blacks in US

Geneva - A UN watchdog on Friday slammed police shootings of blacks in the United States, days after a decision not to prosecute a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen sparked nationwide protests.

'We crossed the line', U.S. admits to UN anti-torture body

Geneva - The United States said Wednesday it did not condone torture under any circumstances, but acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog it had "crossed the line" following the September 11 attacks.

Torture 'routine' in Nigeria police, military: Amnesty

Abuja - From electric shocks and sexual violence to ripping out nails and teeth to extract confessions, torture has become so commonplace in Nigeria's criminal justice system that some police stations have an officer in charge of the practice, Amnesty Internat...

Op-Ed: The CIA needs to win hearts and minds as well as gather intel

When you fight the monster, you risk becoming the monster. The CIA has a tremendously difficult task in confronting and fighting violent terrorists in hostile territories, but engaging in torture raises the risk of retaliatory terrorism.

Obama: 'We tortured some folks'

Washington - President Barack Obama has acknowledged that the United States tortured detainees during the ongoing 13-year war against terrorism.

White House officials schedule report on Bush era torture

Washington - A Senate Committee has approved measures to declassify information related to torture during the previous Bush administration.

Toronto police seek suspect in robbery, torture of four teens

Toronto - Toronto police have issued a warrant for the arrest of an 18-year-old man after it is alleged four teens who answered an ad on Kijiji for the sale of car were robbed, held against their will, beaten and were victims of extortion.

A team of VR hackers create a shocking DIY electric chair Special

Irvine - During an all night hackathon in Orange County, a group of hackers developed an electrifying way to scare someone with an Oculus Rift.

British Islamists in Syria responsible for terrorism and torture

The most violent terrorist group fighting in Syria is the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Britons make up most of the foreign fighters currently in its ranks.

10 years after Abu Ghraib, no justice for torturers, tortured

"You can't spell abuse without Abu," said one US Army medic to another, Sgt. Andrew Duffy, after throwing a seriously injured and handcuffed Iraqi prison to the ground, face-first, upon his arrival at Abu Ghraib.

Spanish Judge enforces torture probe against Bush and Cheney

On Tuesday, Judge Pablo Ruz at the Spanish National Court defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the United States prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former U.S. president George W. Bush.
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Naiel Thejel Ganeen, a leader of the Sabian Mandaean community, was kidnapped in 2006 and held for nine days of torture, and repeatedly referred to as an infidel. He was released after kidnappers received a $40,000 ransom, but is left with a scarred arm suffered from shrapnel in a mock execution.
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Former vice president Dick Cheney.
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John Kiriakou, CIA Torture Whistleblower
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Diane Beaver, a major subject in the film The Guantanamo Trap
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'Trophy' photograph taken by an Indonesian soldier after he and his comrades murdered Ninuor Kwalik and his 12 year old nephew Daugunme in 1998, West Papua. © Survival
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John Yoo.
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An illustrative depiction of torture in a North Korean gulag
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Gone too far: An Iraqi detainee who died while under CIA interrogation at the notorious Abu Ghraib p...
Gone too far: An Iraqi detainee who died while under CIA interrogation at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.
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Moazzam Begg  former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
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Disturbing and graphic footage of two tribal Papuan men being tortured, allegedly by Indonesian soldiers, has led to widespread demands for an independent inquiry.
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