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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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Human rights lawyer gets death threats after plea to Scottish Muslims

Aamer AnwarA prominent human rights lawyer has said he received death threats after calling for unity within Scotland’s Muslim community. Aamer Anwar said he was taking the threats from “fanatics” extremely seriously and that police were investigating.

Anwar chaired an event at Glasgow central mosque last week calling for unity and condemning violence and extremism after the killing of the shopkeeper Asad Shah and the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Lahore.

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Obama shortens prison sentences for 61 drug offenders

Obama shortens prison sentencesBarack Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 61 federal prisoners, all of whom were being held on drug charges.

This announcement came one day after the president criticised the previous American policy of engaging in a “war on drugs”, telling a conference on the opiate epidemic: “For too long we’ve viewed drug addiction through the lens of criminal justice.”

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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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