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23 Feb

Events of Interest and Analyses


Sudan to sign Darfur ceasefire deal

Agreement could lead to government positions being offered to the main opposition group.
Peace for Darfur?
Ignoring Sudan?
The role of the ICC
Who are Sudan’s Jem rebels?
Profile: Omar al-Bashir
Timeline: The ICC and Sudan
Timeline: Darfur crisis
Blasts hit Lashkar Gah and Jalalabad amid reports of Taliban leader’s arrest in Pakistan.



Haiti orphans facing neglect


Jakarta bombs ‘financier’ on trial


Iran says Sunni group’s leader held


Indonesia landslide claims lives


Israel under fire for Dubai murder


Dozens held in Turkish ‘coup plot’

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Destroying C.I.A. Tapes Wasn’t Opposed, Memos Say

By SCOTT SHANE, NYT, February 23, 2010

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WASHINGTON — At a closed briefing in 2003, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee raised no objection to a C.I.A. plan to destroy videotapes of brutal interrogations, according to secret documents released Monday.

The senator, Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, also rejected a proposal to have his committee conduct its own assessment of the agency’s harsh interrogation methods, which included wall-slamming and waterboarding, the documents say.

But Mr. Roberts, through a spokesman, denied having approved the destruction of the videotapes, which is under criminal investigation, and defended his record in overseeing the interrogation program……………………………….

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Banks Apply Pressure to Keep Fees Rolling In

By ANDREW MARTIN and RON LIEBER, NYT, February 23, 2010

Article

For many households trying to improve their finances, tossing out pitches from the bank has become almost automatic. But in recent weeks, Chase has been fanning special letters out to consumers with an offer that it urges them not to refuse.

“Your debit card may not work the same way anymore, even if you just made a deposit. Unless we hear from you,” the message, emblazoned in large red type, warns. “If you don’t contact us, your everyday debit card transactions that overdraw your account will not be authorized after August 15, 2010 — even in an emergency,” with “even in an emergency” underlined for emphasis. ……………………………………….

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