U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:36:47 -0500
By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a slow-moving push by the Obama administration to close the facility. The men were flown to Kabul overnight aboard a U.S. military plane and released to Afghan authorities, the first such transfer of its kind to the war-torn country since 2009, according to a U.S. official. ...
Cubans imprisoned in US appear before parliament
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:33:59 -0500
HAVANA (AP) — Three Cubans recently released from prison in the U.S. are getting a warm welcome home from the country's parliament.
N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:30:44 -0500
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.
Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated, says Pentagon
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:27:13 -0500
Four detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison have been repatriated to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Saturday.
WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:20:18 -0500
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday.
US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:18:13 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Burying the dead after Pakistan's school massacre
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:59:16 -0500
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says.
Madonna releases 6 songs after leak
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:54:05 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday on iTunes and various streaming services.
Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:52:37 -0500
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said. Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O'Hare International Airport detected the fever, but no other symptoms of the disease, the University of Chicago Medical Center said in a statement. The patient was isolated under strict quarantine protocols until the child’s condition improves and a diagnosis is established, the hospital said. The child was in stable condition. ...
Turkey's Erdogan 'closely following' legal case against rival cleric
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:48:46 -0500
By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he is closely following an inquiry into a U.S.-based Islamic preacher and media outlets close to him and dismissed criticism that the case is politically motivated. Erdogan spoke a day after an Istanbul court ordered the arrest of Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan has accused of leading a terrorist plot to seize power and whose supporters the president has purged from the judiciary and police. The arrest warrant for Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the U.S. ...
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