CIA Officer Investigated for Rape

WASHINGTON – A CIA officer in Africa is under investigation for two separate instances in which he was accused of rape, ac cording to court documents and a government official.

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Panetta: CIA Should Fire Official Accused of Rape
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By BRIAN ROSS The CIA should have immediately fired its Algerian station chief station chief in Algiers after two women came forward to accuse him of rape, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, Leon Panetta, told Congress at his confirmation
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Court papers filed in federal court in Washington by a State Department investigator show two Algerian women came forward separately to say they had been sexually assaulted by the man while at his home in Algiers, where he was stationed.

The court documents do not identify him as a CIA employee, but a congressional official familiar with the case said Wednesday he worked for the agency in Algiers until he was recalled in the wake of the investigation.


CIA nominee decries waterboarding

US President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, Leon Panetta, has condemned the interrogation technique "waterboarding" as "torture".

But he made it clear that agents who had carried out waterboarding in the past should not be prosecuted if they believed they were following the law.!BD838DD923C11AA0!1030


Ministers face torture pressure

UK ministers must answer allegations that Britain was complicit in torture, a senior Conservative MP has said.

David Davis said a High Court ruling on Wednesday alleged that Binyam Mohamed, a UK resident held in the Guantanamo Bay camp in Cuba, had been tortured.

The judges also said the US threatened to withdraw intelligence help from the UK if details were released.     

Probe finds Army charity is hoarding millions

Military’s biggest charity is stockpiling cash, rather than using it for aid …allows superiors to squeeze soldiers for contributions; forces struggling soldiers to repay loans — sometimes delaying transfers and promotions;….

US army suicides hit record high


The rate of suicides among soldiers in the US army has risen to a record level for the second year in a row.

About a quarter of the deaths occurred in Iraq

The army said there were 128 confirmed suicides in 2008, with a further 15 deaths still under investigation.

About 35% of the suicides were of soldiers who had never been deployed, while 30% were soldiers who were on active service – three quarters of them on their first tour of duty.

Another 35% took place after deployment, mostly more than a year after the soldier had returned home.

US Can Ship Afghan Aid Through Russia, Kremlin Says
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By ELLEN BARRY MOSCOW – Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said Friday that Russia had fast-tracked approval of a plan to allow the United States military to ship nonlethal equipment across Russian territory to Afghanistan.
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Kyrgyzstan ‘to shut key US base’

Kyrgyzstan’s president has said his government is closing a key US air base on its territory.

Kurmanbek Bakiyev made the announcement in Moscow, where he was promised more than $2bn (£1.4bn) in aid by Russia.

Despite this officials in Washington said the US was still hoping to continue using the Manas base.

Colombia’s Farc free ex-governor

Mr Jara (R) called it a "miracle" to be reunited with family after seven years

Colombian Farc rebels have released a politician held hostage for more than seven years, the Red Cross has said.

Former provincial governor Alan Jara was hugged by his weeping wife and son as he stepped off a helicopter in the town of Villavicencio, east of Bogota.

Speaking later at a press conference, Mr Jara accused Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe of having "done nothing" to achieve the freeing of hostages.


 Rescue boosts Uribe’s standing

The successful rescue of 15 hostages from the clutches of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) has had a massive political impact, nationally and internationally. "We are at the end of the end of the Farc," said Admiral Guillermo Barrera, the head of the Colombian Navy.

U.K. sets plan for nuclear weapons-free world

The blueprint comes amid concerns that Iran will produce a bomb

LONDON – Britain sets out a six-point plan on Wednesday for a nuclear-free world, at a time when global powers fear Iran will produce a bomb and Barack Obama’s inauguration has renewed interest in disarmament.

The British document calls for watertight measures to stop terrorists or emerging states getting atomic weapons, deeper cuts in U.S.-Russian nuclear arsenals and the activation of a global nuclear test ban treaty.


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