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KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani joined the list of world leaders who have condemned CIA for how the agency imprisoned and questioned al-Qaeda suspects. Ashraf Ghani said the CIA's brutal interrogation programme "violated all accepted norms of human rights in the world" reports the BBC.
Many world leaders condemned the US Senate report on the programme. The report also concluded the agency misled politicians and public about the 2001-2007 programme. While The CIA has defended its actions in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US, saying they saved lives President Barack Obama has said it was now time to move on, despite acknowledging some of the CIA's actions amounted to torture.
Last Updated: Friday, 12 December 2014 08:04
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Kabul: The United States on Wednesday released the final three detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan, ending the US operation of any prisons in the country after more than a decade of war reports the Telegraph. Two of the detainees, including Redha al-Najar, a former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden were transferred to Afghan custody for possible prosecution, while the third a Jordanian citizen wasn't considered a threat and is seeking resettlement in another country was handed over to International Red Cross.
Redha-al-Najar was the subject of "enhanced interrogation" techniques by the CIA, according to the newly released US Senate Intelligence Committee report. The report said al-Najar, a former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, was held at the so-called CIA salt pit in Afghanistan where his interrogation included "isolation in total darkness; lowering the quality of his food; keeping him at an uncomfortable (cold) temperature, playing music 24 hours a day and keeping him shackled and hooded."
Last Updated: Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:19
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AHMEDABAD: Its diplomacy with a tomato flavoured tang that’s secretly bridging the Indo-Pak divide. While cross-border incursions and bland vibes between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif may grab the headlines, India’s tomato farmers, especially from Modi’s home state- Gujarat, driven by the simple idea- “We grow food for people, borders don't matter” are making sure they keep the supply going, to add the quintessential zing in the gravies in Pakistani households. And they do it in style- covering the 1,350km distance from Ahmedabad to the Wagah border on their trucks loaded with tonnes of tomatoes by road in a record 30 hours, flat.
Indeed, drivers of the tomato trucks from Gujarat are offered monetary incentives to ‘fly’ on the highways to deliver tomatoes fresh across the border, reports TOI. The brief of Kishorilal Rajput, one such truck driver, is to ferry 12,000kg of tomatoes loaded in Meda village in Ahmedabad to the Wagah border within a mere 36 hours. Rajput who left his home state on Monday, 8 December night waits to cross over when the gates of the Wagah border open early on Wednesday, 10 December.
Last Updated: Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:13