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Archive for July 1st, 2008

For torturing them while they were detained at the Abu Ghraib prison, near Baghdad, four Iraqi men say they are suing the US military contractors.

All were released without charge, and have brought separate lawsuits in four US courts. (more…)

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Portuguese media have reported that the police, investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (photo), are closing the case.

But Fernando Pinto Monteiro, Portugal’s attorney general has said that no decision has been taken on the investigation, and that the case continued to be assessed. (more…)

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The trial of Hassan Rachidi, Al Jazeera’s bureau chief in Morocco, is due to begin at Rabat First Instance Court on Tuesday. (more…)

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Western criticism of Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential run-off election have been rejected by a spokesman for president Robert Mugabe (photo). (more…)

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Something isn’t right” with the European Union, said French president Nicolas Sarkozy (photo), as France took over the rotaring presidency of the bloc from Slovenia.

Europe’s citizens were losing faith in the project, warned Mr Sarkozy on French TV. (more…)

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A report in the New Yorker magazine said that US congressional leaders have agreed to a presidential request for up to $400 million in funding, for covert operations against Iran.

The capture of Iranian security officers and the backing of anti-Tehran armed groups were included in previous cross-border operations, said the report by the investigative reporter, Seymour Hersh (photo). (more…)

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Actors received a last-ditch offer from Hollywood producers, in their pay dispute. The entertainment industry is already on de facto strike. (more…)

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