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Fallujah crisis: 'We are being left to slow death'

Fallujah starvingThousands of Iraqi civilians in Fallujah city are "dying of hunger", according to residents and local officials.

The city's population, estimated between 80.000 to 100.000 people, is suffering from a shortage of food, medicine and fuel.

"We are feeding our newborn babies animal [cow] milk," said Um Hussein, 59, a resident of Fallujah." We are under siege. No food and no medicine is being brought into Fallujah. We have been suffering for a long time now, and no one is showing any mercy towards the families," she told Al Jazeera.

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Report: CIA Took ‘Gruesome’ Naked Captive Pics

CIA photographed detainees naked and bruisedThe CIA took naked photographs of people it sent to its foreign partners for torture, the Guardian can reveal.

A former US official who had seen some of the photographs described them as “very gruesome”.

The naked imagery of CIA captives raises new questions about the seeming willingness of the US to use what one medical and human rights expert called “sexual humiliation” in its post-9/11 captivity of terrorism suspects. Some human rights campaigners described the act of naked photography on unwilling detainees as a potential war crime.

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Detained child's disease 'went untreated for weeks' at US immigration center

Detaoned child illness ignoredFive-year-old Briany nibbled her nails as she peeked from behind her mother. Her eyes rimmed with dark circles, she continued to ask if she could go out to play. Her mother, Gladis, shook her head.

Briany is being treated for Shigellosis, a diarrheal disease caused by the Shigella group of bacteria, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is behind about 500,000 cases of diarrhea each year in the US. Briany lives with her mother as a detainee at the Berks County Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania.

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Ex-Serb leader Karadzic guilty of Srebrenica genocide

karadzic guilty of genocideFormer Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was found guilty of genocide related to the Srebrenica massacre and crimes against humanity committed during the 1990s war.

UN judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague  made the ruling on Thursday, finding Karadzic guilty of 10 of the 11 counts brought against him during the five-year trial. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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The Dark Prison: Legacy of the CIA Torture Program

CIA Torture Program"In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks."

It's been more than a year since US President Barack Obama admitted that the CIA tortured prisoners at its interrogation centres.

While the CIA has long admitted the use of waterboarding, which simulates drowning by pouring water into a person's nose and mouth, a truncated and heavily redacted report by the Senate Intelligence Committee in December 2015 detailed other abuses that went beyond previous disclosures.

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Congolese ex-vice president convicted at international court

Congolese preisent convicted in ICCThe International Criminal Court convicted a former Congolese vice president Monday of murder, rape and pillage committed by members of his militia in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003. The judgment was hailed as a landmark in the fight against impunity for sex crimes in conflict.

The unanimous conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba marked the first time the court has convicted a suspect based on his role as a military commander. It also was the court's first judgment recognizing rape as a war crime and crime against humanity.

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Nearly half of Jewish Israelis want to expel Arabs, survey shows

Israeli Jews want to expel Arab citizensNearly half of Jewish Israelis agree that Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel, and a solid majority (79 percent) maintain that Jews in Israel should be given preferential treatment, according to a Pew Research Center in Israel survey published on Tuesday.

The poll, with 5,601 in-person interviews of Israeli adults, conducted between October 2014 and May 2015, found that Israeli Jews increasingly believe the West Bank settlements help, rather than hurt, Israel’s security – and most (61%) believe Israel was given by God to the Jewish people.

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