Guantanamo medics guilty of inmate abuse

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has confirmed that medical professionals who monitored CIA interrogations at the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay violated medical ethics by participating in torture.


Raul Castro meets US lawmakers

Havana, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro met with a US congressional delegation, on a visit to this country that started on April 3.

Slash Afghan casualties, boost civilian aid, aid agencies say

President Barack Obama came away from NATO’s 60th anniversary summit in Strasbourg, France earlier this month with commitments from several European NATO members to send a total of 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan. The new European forces will have a limited mission, with some providing added security around Afghanistan’s presidential election slated for August, and others training the Afghan army and police.

Landmines threaten 2.7 million Iraqis, official says

BAGHDAD — The general director of the Iraqi Environment Ministry’s landmines department said Saturday that there are 25 million landmines occupying 1,700 kilometers of Iraqi soil, which in turn threatens 2,117 civilian communities, where 2.7 million citizens live.

Antarctic ice bridge shatters, ice shelf the size of Connecticut could be next

Dramatic message to polar summit Mother Nature sent a dramatic message to a global summit on the Arctic and Antarctic that opened this morning in Baltimore: On Saturday, an ice bridge that is believed to hold a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place broke up. It could mean a wider collapse of polar ice, scientists say. That could lead to glacier flows into the sea, and spur rising world sea levels. Global warming is considered the chief culprit.

Obama calls for partnership with the Islamic world

In yet another sharp break with the way things were done during the Bush years, President Obama, speaking to the Turkish Parliament Apr. 6, declared, “The United States is not at war with Islam” and called for a greater partnership with the Islamic world.

Maine Sister City celebration explores Cuba-Africa liberation links

A highlight of this year’s Cuba Week celebration by the Brunswick-Trinidad (Cuba) Sister City Association was the visit of Canadian academic and Cuba activist Isaac Saney, who lectured at area colleges and previewed his documentary film, “Sisters’ and Brothers’ Keepers: Cuba and Southern African Liberation.”

Abbas visits Iraq to build bridges for refugees

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sought to repair relations between Palestinians and Iraq on Sunday during his first visit to the country since the 2003 US-led invasion.

Judge: Detainees can use US courts

A US judge has ruled that some foreign detainees held without charge at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan have the right to challenge their detention in US courts.

New leadership, new goals for Korea's trade union confederation

Lim Seong-kyu, the newly elected president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU, Minju Nochong), said Thursday that the KCTU would “get itself down closer to the side of the socially disadvantaged and wage a labor movement grounded by people with less power.”

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