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Opponents demand end to US drone strikes, secrecy

Activists opposed to US drone strikes against Al-Qaeda suspects demanded Friday an end to the secrecy surrounding the attacks, saying the bombings have claimed numerous civilian lives. "We are questioning the entire issue of a policy that is done under the shadows of secrecy without accountability," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the CodePink anti-war group. "If indeed this is a program that is supposed to be designed for reaching high-level Al-Qaeda members who are about to kill us Americans, this program is very much off the mark," Benjamin told a news conference.

Somalia says working with foreign partners on terror 'no secret'

Somalia said Sunday it was "not a secret" it is working with foreign governments to fight terror and described the country's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants as a threat to the world. Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon was commenting after US commandos launched a raid against Shebab militants in Somalia, in tandem with a strike against a wanted Al-Qaeda leader in Libya.

Somalia says working with foreign partners on terror 'no secret'

Somalia said Sunday it was "not a secret" it is working with foreign governments to fight terror and described the country's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants as a threat to the world. Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdo was commenting after US commandos launched a raid against Shebab militants in Somalia, in tandem with a strike against a wanted Al-Qaeda leader in Libya.

US Navy SEALs raid Somali militants

US Navy SEALs staged a raid Saturday on a senior Shebab militant leader in southern Somalia though it was unclear whether he was killed, The New York Times reported Saturday. The Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab had earlier claimed it was British and Turkish special forces that staged a nighttime sea and air attack on one of its bases, but Britain denied any involvement. Leaders of the Islamist insurgents in the southern Somali port of Barawe said commandos rappelled from a helicopter and tried to storm a house belonging to a senior Shebab commander, but the assault failed.

Al-Qaeda set up anti-drone cells, secret US documents show

Al-Qaeda's leaders have set up cells of engineers to try to shoot down, disable or hijack US drones, The Washington Post reported late Tuesday citing top-secret US intelligence documents. The Al-Qaeda leadership is "hoping to exploit the technological vulnerabilities of a weapons system that has inflicted huge losses against the terrorist network," the Post said online.

Three gunned down in deadly week for Philippines press

Three journalists have been gunned down in the Philippines in its worst spate of media killings in nearly four years, police and rights watchdogs said Friday. The latest victim, freelance news photographer Mario Sy, was killed in front of his wife and child late Thursday by two suspects who broke into his home in the southern city of General Santos, police said. Sy's 15-year-old daughter Marisol said her family had just finished dinner when the gunmen struck.

Three gunned down in deadly week for Philippines press

Three journalists have been gunned down in the Philippines in its worst spate of media killings in nearly four years, police and rights watchdogs said Friday. The latest victim, freelance news photographer Mario Sy, was killed in front of his wife and child late Thursday by two suspects who broke into his home in the southern city of General Santos, police said.

Rights group urges probe of Brazil police killings

The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo should conduct a "prompt and impartial investigation" into cases of unlawful killings by police, Human Rights Watch said Monday. In a letter to Governor Geraldo Alckmin and Attorney General Marcio Rosa, the group detailed findings that extrajudicial killings by state police officers were being misreported and covered up as deaths from shootouts. "Police take the corpses of their execution victims to hospitals in order to destroy crime scene evidence," the letter said.

Nigeria fails to probe scores of police killings: Amnesty

Nigeria has largely failed to investigate hundreds of killings by police and relatives of the victims are often left without explanations, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday. The report from the London-based rights group follows up on its 2009 investigation alleging hundreds of police killings every year, many of which may have amounted to extrajudicial killings, it said.
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