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Life in the Shadows: Palestinians in Lebanon

Al Nakban 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to leave their country during the Nakba, the "catastrophe", the founding of the state of Israel.

The majority of Palestinians in Lebanon retain the hope of one day returning home - known internationally as "the right of return". But almost seven decades later, refugee camps have become part of the urban landscape of Lebanon.

More than a quarter-of-a-million Palestinians still live in the 12 UN-registered camps and 42 other so-called gatherings across Lebanon. Lebanon is their home but any chance of becoming a genuine part of the communities they live in is constantly undermined by strict laws "protecting" Lebanese citizens' rights, general safety and wellbeing.

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Video of missing Nigerian girls offers hope to families

Nigerian girls photos offer hope to familiesA new video has emerged showing some of the missing schoolgirls kidnapped by the armed group Boko Haram in Nigeria two years ago, providing hope to parents that their daughters are still alive.

About 15 girls featured in the video obtained by the Nigerian government, saying they were from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok and pleading with the government to cooperate with Boko Haram on their release.

Boko Haram fighters abducted 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014, with 57 pupils managing to escape but 219 still missing.

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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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Myanmar: New Suu Kyi government releases 69 prisoners

Mayanmar releases activistsA Myanmar court has freed 69 jailed students in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the release of activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government.

Suu Kyi guided the National League for Democracy party (NLD) to a landslide win at the polls in November and a confidant Htin Kyaw was sworn in as the country's new president after more than five decades of military rule.

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Egypt tries to shut down center that treats torture victims

nadeem CenterEgyptian authorities are trying to shut down Egypt's main NGO treating torture victims, many of whom say they were abused by the police or security forces.


Aida Seif el-Dawla, one of the founders of the Nadeem Center, says government officials came Tuesday to its offices in downtown Cairo and ordered the premises closed while refusing to show any official documentation.

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Israeli electric company cuts Palestinian supply due to debt

Palestinians lose electricityIsrael's state electric company on Monday reduced power to a major West Bank city, saying it would take similar steps in other Palestinian areas over the next two weeks because of unpaid debt.

The Israel Electric Corp. said it had reduced its supply to Bethlehem by 50 percent, days after doing so in the city of Jericho. The company said the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority owes it nearly $460 million.

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Two more detainees transferred from Guantanamo

Two detainees released from Gitmo- Two prisoners of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility were transferred to Senegal, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Salem Abu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar, both Libyans, were cleared for transfer by the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force, which "examined a number of factors, including security issues," the Defense Department statement said, in recommending their relocation. With their transfer, 89 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.

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