26 Jan

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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Dozens of Egyptians killed on anniversary of anti-Mubarak revolt

At least 54 reported dead in clashes across the country as thousands also rally in support of army-led authorities

Ukrainian president offers surprise concessions as protests turn violent

Protests in Ukraine

Viktor Yanukovych says he will make opposition leader prime minister and offer amnesty, but protesters demand more

Syrian regime and rebels finally meet

Syrian opposition negotiator Hadi al-Bahra and coalition member Anas al-Abda arrive at peace talks

After tense days spent avoiding each other, negotiators gather briefly at UN for Geneva II meeting to discuss civil war

Kiev protesters remain in square despite president’s bargaining 

Anti-government protesters remain camped in Kiev’s Independence Square for a ninth weekend

The week in wildlife – in pictures

A koala joey hangs on his mother Eola after a weighing procedure at the zoo in the western German city of Duisburg. The koala baby, born in July last year, weighs 350 grams and is yet to be named Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

Flying fish, snow monkeys, koalas – and a 9,500-year-old tree, one of the oldest on Earth, are among the pick of this week’s images from the natural world


  • anti-torture protest

    Contrary to Obama’s promises, the US still permits torture

    Jeffrey Kaye: Brutal torture techniques have been replaced with those that emphasize psychological torture

    The United States Army Field Manual (AFM) on interrogation (pdf) has been sold to the American public and the world as a replacement for the brutal torture tactics used by the CIA and the Department of Defense during the Bush/Cheney administration.

    On 22 January 2009, President Obama released an executive order stating that any individual held by any US government agency “shall not be subjected to any interrogation technique or approach, or any treatment related to interrogation, that is not authorized by and listed in Army Field Manual 2 22.3.”

    But a close reading of Department of Defense documents and investigations by numerous human rights agencies have shown that the current Army Field Manual itself uses techniques that are abusive and can even amount to torture……………………………


    This photo, provided by Royal Canadian Mounted Police, shows the TransCanada natural gas pipeline fire on Jan. 25, 2014.

    TransCanada natural gas pipeline explodes near Winnipeg

    A natural gas pipeline operated by TransCanada exploded and caught fire in a rural part of western Canadan early on Saturday, putting fresh focus on the firm’s safety record ahead of a crucial White House decision over a controversial cross-border project.

    The explosion happened near Otterburne, Manitoba, about 15 miles south of the provincial capital, Winnipeg. The area was evacuated as a precaution, said the National Energy Board (NEB), which oversees parts of Canada’s energy industry. No injuries were reported but the fire burned for more than 12 hours.

    The explosion comes as some environmentalists are raising concern about the safety of TransCanada’s pipelines. The company is currently making a big lobbying push to convince the U.S. government to allow TransCanada to deliver oil from Canada’s oil sands through the United States in its controversial Keystone XL pipeline.


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