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Obama pledges to declassify CIA interrogations report

President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to declassify a report on CIA interrogations that sparked a fierce public row between the spy agency and a top senator. Obama also said that claims that the CIA snooped in on computers used by the Senate Intelligence committee as it probed the agency's interrogations of George W. Bush era terror suspects had been properly handled by chief John Brennan.

Senator's spy claims chill CIA-Congress relations

A top US lawmaker's hotly disputed charge that the CIA illegally spied on Senate staff has roiled the intelligence community, fraying ties between the agency and its overseers in Congress. Senator Dianne Feinstein brought what had been a behind-the-scenes spat into the public glare Tuesday with her furious broadside against the Central Intelligence Agency, saying its agents searched computers used by staffers investigating its interrogation methods.

Senator says CIA spied on Senate panel, possibly broke law

By Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle (Reuters) - A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and a U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when a top senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law. Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered a scathing critique of the CIA's handling of her panel's investigation into a Bush-era interrogation and detention program that began after the September 11, 2001, attacks but was only made public in 2006.

U.S. Justice Department reviews dispute between CIA and Senate panel

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department and FBI are looking into a dispute over Senate investigators' access to what the Central Intelligence Agency regarded as highly privileged and sensitive documents about its use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques, sources familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday.

US rights report to move Philippine agencies to improve

A US government report criticising the Philippines for failing to stamp out extra-judicial killings will help Manila improve human rights safeguards, a presidential spokeswoman said on Saturday. The US State Department's global annual human rights report Thursday said: "The (Philippine) government continued to investigate and prosecute only a limited number of reported human rights abuses, and concerns about impunity persisted".

China swipes back at U.S. in annual rights report

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Friday accused the United States of widespread human rights abuses, including cyber-surveillance and child labor, in Beijing's annual rebuttal of Washington's criticism of its rights record. Human rights have long been a source of tension between the world's two largest economies, especially since 1989, when the U.S. imposed sanctions on China after a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

China swipes back at U.S. in annual rights report

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Friday accused the United States of widespread human rights abuses, including cyber-surveillance and child labor, in Beijing's annual rebuttal of Washington's criticism of its rights record. Human rights have long been a source of tension between the world's two largest economies, especially since 1989, when the U.S. imposed sanctions on China after a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

Ex-Guantanamo detainees ask French judge to probe torture

Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees asked a French judge Wednesday to subpoena a former prison commander whom they accuse of overseeing their alleged torture and other mistreatment. Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchellali, who were both held by American authorities first in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and then on the US naval base at Guantanamo in Cuba from late 2001 to 2004, are French citizens and now live in France. French investigations into their case began after they filed a complaint in court, along with Khaled Ben Mustapha, another former Guantanamo inmate.

Ex-Guantanamo detainees ask French judge to probe torture

Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees asked a French judge Wednesday to subpoena a former prison commander they accuse of overseeing their alleged torture. Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchellali, who were both held by American authorities first in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and then on the US naval base at Guantanamo in Cuba from late 2001 to 2004, are French citizens and now live in France. French investigations into their case began after they filed a complaint in court, along with Khaled Ben Mustapha, another former Guantanamo inmate.

Morocco freezes judicial accords with France over 'torture' row

Morocco announced Wednesday that it was suspending all judicial cooperation with France following a diplomatic row over lawsuits filed in Paris accusing the kingdom's intelligence chief of "complicity in torture." "All agreements on judicial cooperation between the two countries have been suspended... to eliminate the distortions that have affected them," the justice ministry said in a statement. It has also recalled the Moroccan judge responsible for liaising with France on the agreements.
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