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Ferguson police committed human rights abuses, rights group says

Ferguson policePolice in Ferguson, Missouri committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager in August, an international human rights organization said in a report published Friday.

Amnesty International found that U.S. authorities should investigate Ferguson law enforcement for alleged abuses that occurred during weeks of racially charged protests. The demonstrations erupted after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

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US decides against military tribunals for non- Guantánamo detainees

Bagram Air BaseThe Obama administration has decided against charging detainees held outside Guantánamo Bay in its controversial military commissions, ending a year-long debate that has simmered among its national-security lawyers.

The debate had been prompted by concerns about the continued viability of detentions of non-Afghans held by the US at Bagram airfield in Afghanistan. During the 13-year war, the US has held battlefield detainees at Bagram without charge.

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Report: Female migrant workers abused in the UAE

UAE migrants exploitedHuman Rights Watch (HRW) released a damning report Thursday on the condition of migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates, alleging that they are frequently “trapped, exploited and abused.”

“I already Bought You,” the title of the 79 page report, refers to the fee “employment agencies” charge the workers. The fee is sometimes covered by the employer in the receiving country, which makes some employers believe they somehow "own" the employee.

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White House Chief Of Staff Negotiating Redaction Of CIA Torture Report

denis McDonoughWhite House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is personally negotiating how much of the Senate's so-called torture report, a probe into the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, will be redacted, according to sources involved in the negotiations.

McDonough's leading role in the redaction discussion has raised eyebrows in the Senate, given that his position comes with a broad array of urgent responsibilities and that the Obama White House has a team of qualified national security advisers.

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American Jeffrey Fowle released from captivity by North Korea

Jeffrey FowleAn Ohio man held captive in North Korea for leaving a Bible inside a nightclub has been released after six months detained, the State Department said Tuesday.

Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in Chongjin on May 7 during a vacation tour in the northern part of the Communist country. Fowle, who is married with three children, was preparing for trial after leaving a Bible in a provincial nightclub.

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U.S. accused of misleading British minister over treatment of Shaker Aamer in Guantánamo Bay

Shaker AamerThe US government has been accused of misleading a British minister over the brutal treatment endured by the last British resident being held inside Guantánamo Bay.

Testimony from detainees has described increasingly violent “forcible cell extraction” (FCE) tactics, in which an inmate is forced out of his cell by armed guards, usually before being taken to the force-feeding chair.

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Senate’s inquiry into CIA torture sidesteps blaming Bush, aides

Bush torture eraA soon-to-be released Senate report on the CIA doesn’t assess the responsibility of former President George W. Bush or his top aides for any of the abuses of the agency’s detention and interrogation program, avoiding a full public accounting of one of the darkest chapters of the war on terror.

“This report is not about the White House. It’s not about the president. It’s not about criminal liability. It’s about the CIA’s actions or inactions,” said a person familiar with the document, who asked not to be further identified because the executive summary – the only part to that will be made public – still is in the final stages of declassification.

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