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Senate votes to ban waterboarding and other forms of torture

Senate votes to ban waterboarding and other forms of torture

The US Senate has voted to outlaw many forms of torture, including waterboarding, “rectal feeding,” mock executions, hooding prisoners, and sexual humiliation in any sector of the US government. By a vote of 78 to 21, the Senate agreed on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that limits the US government to […]

‘No big deal’: Senior Iranian commander says Tehran ready for war with US

‘No big deal’: Senior Iranian commander says Tehran ready for war with US

He sent a message to the Iranian negotiators, asking that they “never allow the other side to impose its will, exercise force, humiliate or threaten you.” Kerry is not alone in appearing to keep the threat of force alive. Last month Republican Senator Tom Cotton (Arkansas) claimed that it would take Washington just several days […]

Ukraine peace deal: Ceasefire starting February 15, removal of heavy weapons

Ukraine peace deal: Ceasefire starting February 15, removal of heavy weapons

An agreement has been brokered in Minsk to stop hostilities in Ukraine from Sunday. The deal was reached after marathon talks between the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, and signed by the Ukrainian rebels. READ MORE: The Minsk ceasefire deal in 5 tweets “I believe we agreed on a big deal. We agreed […]

US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

The United States government is tracking as many as 300 Americans supposedly fighting with Islamic State, the jihadist group with a heavy presence in parts of Syria and Iraq, according to senior US officials. Washington is worried that radicalized foreign fighters could become a risk to the US if they return to employ skills learned […]

G20 Syria divide: World’s largest nations speak out against US-led strike

G20 Syria divide: World’s largest nations speak out against US-led strike

As leaders of countries making up half of the world’s population firmly opposed military action against Syria without a UN mandate, the US kept pushing for a strike, claiming that many countries represented at the G20 summit were “comfortable” with it. Although discussion of the Syrian conflict was never officially on the G20 agenda, world […]

France accuses Syria of 3 chemical attacks, Assad slams Western logic

France accuses Syria of 3 chemical attacks, Assad slams Western logic

At least three chemical attacks were staged in Syria between April and August, a declassified French intelligence report claims, while President Bashar Assad said it was “illogical” for the government to launch a chemical weapons strike. The declassified nine-page French intelligence report, issued by the country’s external and military services, suggests government forces loyal to President […]

US approves drones for civilian use

US approves drones for civilian use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued certificates for two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use. The move is expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operation later this summer. The two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are the Scan Eagle X200 and Aero Vironment’s PUMA. They both measure around 4 ½ feet […]

‘1mn died’ from Afghan heroin, drug production ’40 times higher’ since NATO op

‘1mn died’ from Afghan heroin, drug production ’40 times higher’ since NATO op

Heroin production in Afghanistan increased 40 times since NATO began its ‘War on Terror’ in 2001, the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service stated, adding that more than 1million people have died from Afghan heroin since then. “Afghan heroin has killed more than 1 million people worldwide since the ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ began and […]

China mobilizes military, on ‘high alert’ over N. Korea threats

China mobilizes military, on ‘high alert’ over N. Korea threats

China has started mobilizing military forces around the Korean peninsula in response to rising tensions that follow recent threats by North Korea to launch missile attacks against its southern neighbor and the United States. According to US officials, Pyongyang’s declaration of a ‘state of war’ against South Korea has led to the Chinese People’s Liberation […]