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  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
    Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name 20 hours ago

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. More »

  • Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request
    Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge will on Wednesday consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley, as she serves a 35-year sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. More »

  • APNewsBreak: Elephants endangered by land grabs
    APNewsBreak: Elephants endangered by land grabs Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a ... More »

  • APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants
    APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking. More »

  • Crackdown on journalists: State security vs human rights
    Crackdown on journalists: State security vs human rights Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    There's an alarming upsurge in the use of national security and counter-terrorism laws to silence journalists. More »

  • International justice and Rwanda: Has the UN failed again?
    International justice and Rwanda: Has the UN failed again? Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Has the international court system provided Rwandan genocide survivors proper justice? More »

  • Pulitzer for NSA coverage echoes tradition in news
    Pulitzer for NSA coverage echoes tradition in news Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Coverage of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on matters of secret intelligence. ... More »

  • Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld
    Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday. More »

  • Army general upholds Manning's prison sentence in WikiLeaks case
    Army general upholds Manning's prison sentence in WikiLeaks case Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    A U.S. Army general has denied clemency for Chelsea Manning and upheld the former soldier's 35-year prison sentence for providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history, the Army said Monday. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan's decision to uphold the findings of Manning's 2013 court-martial will automatically send the case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, an Army statement said. The soldier, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when she gave the pro-transparency site WikiLeaks 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts. More »

  • Army general upholds Chelsea Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence in WikiLeaks … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Army general upholds Chelsea Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence in WikiLeaks case. More »

  • Cheltenham Tory's Throwaway Rape Remark Causes Outrage
    Cheltenham Tory's Throwaway Rape Remark Causes Outrage Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    A Conservative councillor in Cheltenham has caused outraged by saying: "When rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it". Barbara Driver, 77, made the statement during a council meeting. She was trying to describe how planners are powerless to control a housing development. Driver, who led a report looking at sexual exploitation last year, apologised for the comment amid calls for her to step down from Cheltenham Borough Council. More »

  • UK ex-soldier claims ministry tried to block Afghanistan book
    UK ex-soldier claims ministry tried to block Afghanistan book Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    A former British army captain on Wednesday accused the Ministry of Defence of attempting to block publication of a book criticising the country's campaign in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province. More »

  • MoD accused over Afghanistan book
    MoD accused over Afghanistan book Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    A former Army captain has accused the Ministry of Defence of trying to block publication of a book on the lessons to be learned from Britain's military campaign in Helmand Province, despite commissioning him to write it in the first place. More »

  • Guantanamo forever
    Guantanamo forever Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Cleared detainees remain locked up and judicial review boards continue to value dubious evidence. More »

  • Sweden should come question Assange - Ecuador's UK ambassador
    Sweden should come question Assange - Ecuador's UK ambassador Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Sweden should question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador's London embassy about sex assault claims that have kept him stuck there for almost two years, Quito's ambassador to Britain said on Thursday. His case is at a standstill, Ambassador Juan Falconi Puig told Reuters, and he could stay in the embassy indefinitely - protected by the asylum Ecuador has extended - if Stockholm does not break the logjam by sending someone to interrogate him. Assange, 42, fled to the South American country's London embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition for questioning in Sweden over sex assault and rape allegations that he denies. More »

  • Linking the Fort Hood shooting to terrorism
    Linking the Fort Hood shooting to terrorism Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The Fort Hood shooting should be analysed within the larger context of US militarism. More »

  • Has the 'Pacific Solution' solved anything in Australia?
    Has the 'Pacific Solution' solved anything in Australia? Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Over the past decade Australian politicians have used asylum seekers for political gains. More »

  • Ex-intel analyst gets prison for documents leak
    Ex-intel analyst gets prison for documents leak Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former State Department intelligence analyst on North Korea to 13 months in prison for passing classified information to a journalist. More »

  • German Father Banned From Naming Child 'Wikileaks'
    German Father Banned From Naming Child 'Wikileaks' Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    A father in Germany has been banned from naming his child Wikileaks following concerns it would "endanger the welfare" of the child. Iraqi-born journalist Hajar Hamalaw wanted to name his child after Julian Assange's whistleblowing website as it had "changed the world", according the Passauer Neue Presse. Hamalaw, who has lived in the German city of Passau, Bavaria for the past eight months, failed in his attempt to register the name of his child, who was born on 14 March. Passau has strict laws preventing parents giving a child a name which may cause them embarrassment in future life. More »

  • Manning's new lawyer decries 35-year sentence
    Manning's new lawyer decries 35-year sentence Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Army Private Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking reams of classified information is out of proportion with the offenses for which she was convicted, the lawyer who will represent her in court-martial appeals said Tuesday. More »

  • Saudi Prince Muqrin named second-in-line
    Saudi Prince Muqrin named second-in-line Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Ex-intelligence chief, 68, trained as a fighter pilot in UK in his youth and is currently second deputy prime minister. More »

  • Saudi Prince Muqrin named second-in-line to succeed king
    Saudi Prince Muqrin named second-in-line to succeed king Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a former intelligence chief in the conservative Islamic kingdom, has been appointed deputy crown prince, making it likely he will one day become king. The appointment makes Muqrin, the youngest son of the kingdom's founder King Abdulaziz al-Saud, next in line to succeed King Abdullah in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam after his half-brother Crown Prince Salman. "Prince Muqrin is granted allegiance as deputy crown prince, a crown prince if the position becomes vacant and to be given allegiance as king of the country if both the positions of crown prince and king become vacant at the same time," a royal court statement said. More »

  • Saudi ex-spy chief Muqrin wins place in succession Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    The appointment of Prince Muqrin as deputy crown prince sets up the former intelligence chief as next in line to the throne of Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, once Crown Prince Salman succeeds King Abdullah. The youngest son of Saudi Arabia's founder, the prince is an affable former airforce captain, diplomats say, and is a close friend of his nephew Prince Bandar, the current spy chief, with whom he served in the military. An ally of King Abdullah, Muqrin, whom the Saudi embassy in Washington said was born in 1945, has pledged to continue Abdullah's gradual social and economic reforms. More »

  • Leaker's lawyer wants conviction reversed Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Convicted leaker Chelsea Manning is asking a U.S. Army general to reverse her conviction and 35-year prison sentence for sending reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. More »

  • Manning lawyer wants leak conviction reversed Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Convicted leaker Chelsea Manning is asking an Army general to reverse her conviction and 35-year prison sentence for sending reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. More »

  • As Kiev looks West, Putin turns east to build Eurasian dream
    As Kiev looks West, Putin turns east to build Eurasian dream Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    By Dmitry Solovyov ALMATY (Reuters) - With his biggest prize escaping his grasp in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is likely to turn to the autocrats of Central Asia, particularly Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev, to further his aim of erecting a Eurasian Union of former Soviet states. The Russian president's swift annexation of Crimea has earned him huge popularity at home but ends his dream for now of bringing the rest of Ukraine voluntarily into the new structure he plans to build on as much as possible of the ex-Soviet space. "Having lost Ukraine, Central Asia will be much more sought after by Moscow in striking its integration plans," said Lilit Gevorgyan, an analyst at IHS Global Insight. More »

  • Experts say NSA rules leave privacy vulnerable Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Cyber security experts are questioning whether President Barack Obama can make good on his assurance that U.S. intelligence agencies aren't spying on "ordinary folks." That promise is especially ... More »

  • Gulnara Karimova: Uzbekistan President's Daughter's Bloody Fall From …
    Gulnara Karimova: Uzbekistan President's Daughter's Bloody Fall From … Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    A letter smuggled to the BBC has revealed the extent of Gulnara Karimova's fall from grace, as the daughter of the Uzbekistan president and a successful businesswoman, to an outspoken critic of the country's repressive regime. The letter, which was sent to the BBC from Uzbekistan, claims Karimova has suffered beatings as a result of allegedly being the most hated person in the country. The BBC have stated the "convoluted style and neat Russian handwriting suggests that the author is no dissident, but Gulnara Karimova". As the daughter of the Uzbekistan president, Islam Karimov, Karimova was one of the most powerful people in the country. More »

  • U.S. Keeps Saudi’s Worst Secret
    U.S. Keeps Saudi’s Worst Secret Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    The most comprehensive study of Saudi textbooks ever commissioned by the U.S. was completed at the end of 2012, but to this date the State Department has kept it from the public. More »

  • Ukraine Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Pays €125m Bail After 'Politically Motivated …
    Ukraine Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Pays €125m Bail After 'Politically Motivated … Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Dmytro Firtash, the Ukrainian gas oligarch arrested this month on suspicion of bribery in Austria, has had to pay the biggest-ever bail sum in the country's legal history. Firtash, who was seized by Austrian prosecutors under orders from the Federal Criminal Agency (FCA) last month, has been ordered to pay €125m (£105m, $172m). Earlier this month, Austrian prosecutors seized Firtash under orders from the Federal Criminal Agency (FCA). The FCA said he was arrested on the suspected violation of bribery laws and forming a criminal organisation. More »

  • Oxford University Accused of 'Betraying' Victims of Sex Attacks
    Oxford University Accused of 'Betraying' Victims of Sex Attacks Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    The prestigious University of Oxford is at the centre of sexual violence allegations, after over a dozen students gave graphic accounts of alleged sex assaults and rapes. Writing anonymously, men and women students describe a "culture of silence" that they claim prevents them from reporting allegations of sexual violence. The editor of the pamphlet says the collection of stories detailing sexual violence "express a whole spectrum of feelings from antagonism, anger and frustration to sadness, guilt and betrayal towards the university and its services. "These stories indicate that rapists and abusers are fellow undergraduate students, post-grads, tutors, professors, friends, partners, dates and they are often polite, nice and friendly," the editor added. More »

  • Schumer: Senate has votes for media shield law Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    A supporter of a bill to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal confidential sources said Friday the measure has the backing of the Obama administration and the support of enough senators ... More »

  • What does U.S. know about Putin's oil wealth? Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    By Dmitry Zhdannikov NEW YORK (Reuters) - The most startling part of Washington's sanctions on Russian businessmen loyal to President Vladimir Putin may be a single sentence that contains an explosive allegation: that Putin himself profits from the world's No. 4 oil trading company, Gunvor. Among the people the United States sanctioned on Thursday as part of its drive to put pressure on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine was businessman Gennady Timchenko, a long-time acquaintance of Putin and, until this week, co-owner of Geneva-based Gunvor, which trades nearly 3 percent of the world's oil. In announcing the sanctions, the Treasury Department went a step further, adding a single sentence that hits squarely at one of the most controversial topics that Putin has faced in 13 years as the Kremlin ruler and head of the government. Putin has investments in Gunvor and may have access to Gunvor funds," the statement said. More »

  • Army fugitive back in Kansas prison after 37 years
    Army fugitive back in Kansas prison after 37 years Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly 40 years after James Robert Jones walked away from the famed prison at Fort Leavenworth, he returned to military custody this week to find the historic structure gone and the corrections system changed. More »

  • Chelsea Manning is going to court to have her name legally changed from Bra …
    Chelsea Manning is going to court to have her name legally changed from Bra … Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    Fort Leavenworth have said Manning would have to get a legal name change to be known in the prison as Chelsea. More »