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Report: West Has Assad’s Torture Documents

Assad torture The investigator in Syria had made the drive perhaps a hundred times, always in the same battered truck, never with any cargo. It was forty miles to the border, through eleven rebel checkpoints, where the soldiers had come to think of him as a local, a lawyer whose wartime misfortunes included a commute on their section of the road.

Sometimes he brought them snacks or water, and he made sure to thank them for protecting civilians like himself. Now, on a summer afternoon, he loaded the truck with more than a hundred thousand captured Syrian government documents, which had been buried in pits and hidden in caves and abandoned homes.

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Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in U.S. Justice Dept mortgage probe

Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) has agreed to pay $5.06 billion to settle claims that it misled mortgage bond investors during the financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday.

The settlement, which Goldman disclosed in January, stems from Goldman's conduct in its packaging, securitization, marketing and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities between 2007 and 2009, the Justice Department said.

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U.S. Navy officer charged with spying for China

US navy officer charged with spyingA U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, according a Navy profile article written about him in 2008.

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Suicide bombing kills dozen of Afghan army recruits

Suicide bombings kill dozensAt least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded on Monday when a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying Afghan army recruits near Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad, officials have said.
"It was a single suicide blast that killed 12 army recruits and wounded 38 others," Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province, told Al Jazeera.
"The target was the army shuttle bus. These recruits were traveling to the capital Kabul for their training. All of them were young."

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Director Brennan: CIA Won't Waterboard Again — Even if Ordered by Future President

CIA director BrennanCIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh "enhanced interrogation" practices, including waterboarding, which critics call torture — even if ordered to by a future president.

"I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I've heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure," Brennan said.

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UC Berkeley students to file state sexual harassment complaint against professor

UC Berkeley students to file harassment charges against professorKathleen Gutierrez struggles to get out of bed each day. For the past year, the 28-year-old University of California at Berkeley graduate student has battled extreme fatigue, unexpected body aches and debilitating anxiety.

At the root of her stress is her fear that at any moment on campus, she could run into Blake Wentworth, a professor in her department who she says repeatedly sexually harassed her – touching her inappropriately and frequently making offensive comments, including telling her “I’m so attracted to you” and bragging about doing drugs off of a stripper’s body.

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Banker Duped Family, Friends for $14 Million, PJT Alleges

Casperosen duped family and friendsAndrew Caspersen, the banker accused by prosecutors of defrauding investors of $25 million, duped family and friends of an additional $14 million, according to a regulatory filing by his former employer, PJT Partners Inc.

Caspersen engaged in “a number of unauthorized and unlawful transactions,” the New York-based investment bank said Friday in the filing. “They consisted of schemes Caspersen presented to his family and personal network to make investments in entities formed by him with names resembling parties in legitimate Park Hill transactions.” Park Hill is a PJT unit that employed Caspersen until his arrest last month.

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Boston Globe denounces Trump candidacy in 'front page' satire

Trump satire at Boston GlobeHeadlines screaming "Deportations to begin" and "Markets sink as trade war looms" top a parody newspaper front page the Boston Globe posted on Saturday, with a scathing editorial denouncing Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's candidacy.

The mock-up, offering the Globe's satirical view of America under a Trump presidency, was set to run as the front page of the newspaper's "Ideas" section, followed on page 2 of that section by the anti-Trump editorial.

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Retired NFL star Will Smith shot dead in New Orleans

Will Smith killed in New orleansWill Smith, a prominent member of the New Orleans Saints team that won the NFL's Super Bowl in 2010, was killed by a gunman who shot the retired football player after ramming his car near the city's famed French Quarter, police said on Sunday.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the shooting, which also wounded Smith's wife, was a case of road rage or whether there was some other motive, police said.

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