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Toulouse hostages: 'Al Qaeda' gunman wounded as police storm bank

All of the hostages were released unharmed and the gunman was arrested.

Chatter: Bombs over Iraq kill dozens, wound hundreds

A series of bombings across Iraq kill more than 50 people, the Auburn shooting suspect turns himself in, and what not to eat for breakfast.
Graphic. (Antler Agency/GlobalPost)
A series of bombings across Iraq kill more than 50 people, the Auburn shooting suspect turns himself in, and what not to eat for breakfast.

Is the US torturing terror suspects again?

An American citizen says he was detained in the UAE at the request of the US, and was tortured. He's also not the first to make such a claim.
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Protesting the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

A new AP report says that an American Muslim said that he was detained by the US government last summer in the United Arab Emirates, and tortured. 

The man, Yonas Fikre, said he was arrested in June 2011 and taken to an Abu Dhabi prison, according to the AP. He was released in September.  

Fikre is applying for asylum in Sweden, where he has relatives, the story said. He told reporters there that he was asked about a mosque in Portland, Ore., which has a connection to a foiled terror plot.

In a recent Mother Jones article, Fikre says he was kicked, punched, beaten on the soles of his feet and forced into stress positions while in custody. His attorney, Thomas Nelson, told the magazine:  

"There was explicit cooperation; we certainly will allege that in the complaint. ...When Yonas [first] asked whether the FBI was behind his detention, he was beaten for asking the question. Toward the end, the interrogator indicated that indeed the FBI had been involved. Yonas understood this as indicating that the FBI continued to [want] him to work for/with them."

The article, which is worth a full read, said that Fikre's story was similar to that of other American Muslim men who had traveled abroad. If their stories are true, it means that the US either has returned to its policy of torturing detainees — or that it never abandoned it in the first place. 


EU OKs UK extradition to US

But the court ruling is hardly an endorsement of the US government's broader anti-terror strategy.
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A view from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. (AFP/Getty Images)

An EU court on Tuesday said it would allow Britain to extradite five terrorism suspects to the US, saying their detention on American soil wouldn’t violate EU rules on human rights.

The suspects have all been indicted by the US on terrorism charges at various times, according to the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

The decision might seem surprising on its face, given the EU’s past criticism of the American justice system — it’s embrace of the death penalty, for example. But it is an interesting referendum on the US government's current handling of terrorism suspects.

The court was clear to note that it made the decision after the US said that it wouldn’t try them as enemy combatants, a designation that has in the past been controversial, to say the least. Here’s the official ruling:

The Court found that, given assurances provided by the United States, there was no real risk that these four applicants, if extradited to the USA, would either be designated as enemy combatants (with the consequences that that entailed, such as the death penalty) or subjected to extraordinary rendition.

The ruling, then, suggests that the court supports treatment of terrorism suspects that stays within the confines of other suspects in the US. It doesn’t weigh in on any of the unconventional approaches the US has taken, such as indefinite detentions, military tribunals or extraordinary renditions. 


French Islamist group Forsane Alizza 'planned to kidnap Jewish judge'

Prosecutors told a press conference this morning that people who had made anti-Muslim statements in public or online were also named as targets.

Germany: Who should feed the neo-Nazi cats?

When a far-right cat-owner is arrested, who's left holding the kitties?
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The cat is not a neo-Nazi, nor has it ever belonged to one. (Mimi Hanaoka/GlobalPost)

BERLIN, Germany — The discovery of a neo-Nazi terror cell, suspected of committing racist murders over a span of 10 years, shocked and outraged Germany.

It also left behind two very hungry cats.


Iran 'more willing' to attack on US soil, American intelligence chief says

Senior Iranian officials are "now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime," according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Iraq: Suicide bomb hits funeral procession in Baghdad

The blast reportedly came as relatives were carrying the bodies of a family killed the day before from a local hospital.

Afghanistan: Kandahar Air Field suicide bomb kills at least 6 civilians

The blast was apparently supposed to target foreign troops at the airport, where thousands of US and NATO soldiers are based. However, officials said that all six confirmed fatalities were civilians.

Islamist Abu Qatada cannot be deported from UK, rules human rights court

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that deporting Abu Qatada to Jordan would put him at risk of facing an unfair trial, based on evidence obtained through torture.
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