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  • 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 »

  • Pvt. Manning seeks formal name change to Chelsea
    Pvt. Manning seeks formal name change to Chelsea Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    The Army private who was tried and convicted as Bradley Edward Manning for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks is petitioning a Kansas court for a name change, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. More »

  • Ukraine Oligarch Dmytro Firtash: 'My Arrest Was Politically Motivated&# …
    Ukraine Oligarch Dmytro Firtash: 'My Arrest Was Politically Motivated&# … Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    Dmytro Firtash, the 48 Ukrainian gas industry oligarch who was arrested in Austria last week, has hit back at authorities by claiming his incarceration is "politically motivated" and "without foundation." In a statement sent to IBTimes UK by his legal representation, Firtash, also known as Dmitry, said "I believe strongly that the motivation was purely political" and that "my detention will seriously threaten many Ukrainian jobs and destroy my business." Last week, Austrian prosecutors seized Firtash under the Federal Criminal Agency's (FCA) orders. He has been under investigation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2006. More »

  • Ukrainian oligarch faces US corruption charge Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — One of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs and a major player in the sale of billions of dollars in Russian natural gas to Ukraine faces a corruption charge in the United States, the U.S. attorney's office announced on Friday. More »

  • Sudan isolation grows as major banks pull out
    Sudan isolation grows as major banks pull out Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Major European and Saudi banks have stopped dealings with Sudan, further straining indebted and cash-starved economy. More »

  • Panel urges end to US ban on transgender troops
    Panel urges end to US ban on transgender troops Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, a commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general said in a report released Thursday that concludes there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calls on President Barack Obama to lift it. More »

  • Chances for prosecution unclear in CIA-Senate spat
    Chances for prosecution unclear in CIA-Senate spat Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A fight between the Senate and the CIA over whether crimes were committed in the handling of sensitive classified material appears unlikely to be resolved in the courts, legal experts say. More »

  • Wealthy Ukrainian businessman arrested in Vienna Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    VIENNA (AP) — Dmytro Firtash, one of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs, was under arrest in Vienna and facing possible extradition to the U.S. Thursday, after being detained in the Austrian capital on an American warrant charging him with bribery and other offenses. More »

  • CIA-Senate spat raises murky legal, policy issues
    CIA-Senate spat raises murky legal, policy issues Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute between the CIA and the Senate that flared into public view this week has no obvious path toward criminal prosecution and may be better resolved through political compromise than in a court system leery of stepping into government quarrels, legal experts say. More »

  • Ukrainian Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Linked to Russian Mafia?
    Ukrainian Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Linked to Russian Mafia? Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    As reports fly that Austrian police have arrested Dmytro Firtash, 48, in Vienna, IBTimes UK decided to take a closer look at claims that the Ukrainian oligarch had ties to the Russian mafia. Following the infamous WikiLeaks cable dispatch, Firtash confirmed to then US ambassador to the Ukraine, William Taylor, that he once had ties with alleged Russian mafia boss Semyon Mogilevich. More »