15 Nov

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective





US to present Afghan pullout plan

Transferring of security enforcement to local forces in parts of the country may begin in the next 18 to 24 months.
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2010 09:46 GMT

Afghan security takeover


Death toll jumps to 917 as international organisations appeal for funds to fight epidemic.

Last Modified: 15 Nov 2010 03:57 GMT

Polluted slums at risk


Europe “fails” rendition victims

Amnesty International says Europe risks becoming an “accountability-free zone” if CIA collusion not punished.

Last Modified: 15 Nov 2010 09:04 GMT

European states are accused of collusion in US renditon programmes that may have led to torture [GALLO/GETTY] 

The failure of the European Union to hold to account member states accused of collusion with US rendition programmes is risking turning the continent into an “accountability-free zone”, Amnesty International has warned.

Investigations have revealed several European countries were complicit in the CIA’s controversial rendition and secret detention programme in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

The countries, including EU member states Germany, Italy and Poland, are accused of cooperating with the US in a number of cases which Amnesty says led to the disapperance and torture of European citizens. …………………………


Will Myanmar’s Suu Kyi stay free?

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader released from house arrest by the military, but some worry her freedom won’t last.

In pictures: Pakistan’s rising tide

Imran Khan examines Pakistan’s thriving art scene at an exhibition in Karachi.

Slideshow: Haiti battles cholera

Ten months after its devastating earthquake, Haiti is confronting a new challenge – a cholera epidemic.


A wing and a prayer: starlings congregate over Gretna on the Scottish Borders

None flew over the cuckoo’s nest: A world without birds

Could we be facing a future without birds? Our reliance on pesticides has cut a swathe through their numbers. We must act now, argues Kate Ravilious

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