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15 Mar

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Radiation warning after plant blast

Officials warn of health risk as Japan, rocked by more aftershocks, battles to contain worsening nuclear disaster.

Last Modified: 15 Mar 2011 17:08 GMT

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Bahrain imposes state of emergency

Two killed and many wounded in violent clashes as king authorises “all necessary measures to protect safety of country”.

Last Modified: 15 Mar 2011 16:57 GMT

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Libya Live Blog – March 15

As the uprising in Libya continues, we update you with the latest developments from our correspondents, news agencies and citizens across the globe.

Last Modified: 15 Mar 2011 06:12 GMT

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Palestinians hold ‘unity’ rallies

Tens of thousands on streets to call for “national dialogue” between Gaza-based Hamas and West Bank rulers Fatah.
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2011 12:52 GMT
 
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In Depth

Pvt Manning proves ‘slippery slope’

Lisa Hajjar 15 Mar 2011 17:12 GMT
Treatment of the US soldier shows there is a fine line between torture of enemy combatants and American citizens.
……………..Reports about Manning’s treatment indicate that the Pentagon has continued to utilise reverse-engineered SERE (survival, evasion, resistance, extraction) techniques that were developed during the Cold War to train US soldiers in case they were captured and tortured by regimes that do not adhere to the Geneva Conventions.

The use of such methods in 2011 signals that the American torture playbook hasn’t been retired; it’s gone into a new printing. In the years between 9/11 and mid-2004, the actual policy of torture was still largely secret. Before the lid was peeled back by the Abu Ghraib photos and the first batch of “torture memos”, the touchstone of the public debate was the hypothetical ticking bomb scenario……………………

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Asia

Soldiers clear rubble in the devastated city of Ofunato

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Japan’s nuclear nightmare continues   new

An air of panic swept parts of Japan today as scientists continued to battle radiation leaks from earthquake-damaged reactors made worse by an explosion and fire.

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