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9/11 detainee Ramzi bin al-Shibh, 51, is ruled unfit to stand trial in death-penalty case after lawyers argued 'CIA torture made him delusional and psychotic' MikeRivero Fri, 09/22/2023 - 09:01

A suspect believed to be one of the masterminds behind the 9/11 attacks has been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial by a military judge following on from a medical panel recommendation.

Next Arms Package For Ukraine Includes More Internationally-Banned Cluster Bombs MikeRivero Fri, 09/22/2023 - 07:08

President Biden's expected new weapons package being announced when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Washington on Thursday is expected to have more internationally-banned munitions, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

UN urges Afghanistans Taliban government to stop torture and protect the rights of detainees MikeRivero Thu, 09/21/2023 - 08:21

The United Nations said Wednesday it has documented more than 1,600 cases of human rights violations committed by authorities in Afghanistan during arrests and detentions of people, and urged the Taliban government to stop torture and protect the rights of detainees.

Nearly 50% of the violations consisted of “torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said.

Report: Next Arms Package for Ukraine to Include More Cluster Bombs, No ATACMS MikeRivero Thu, 09/21/2023 - 07:40

President Biden will announce a new weapons package for Ukraine when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Washington on Thursday, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Sources told Reuters that the package will be worth $325 million and is expected to include the second tranche of widely-banned cluster bombs in the form of 155mm artillery shells. The US began providing Ukraine with cluster munitions in July despite their history of killing and maiming civilians.

NYT: Evidence Suggests Ukraine Carried Out Missile Strike on Ukrainian Market Which They Blamed Russia ChrisMenahan Tue, 09/19/2023 - 12:43

Ukrainian forces carried out a missile strike on a market in eastern Ukraine and then falsely blamed Russia for the attack, according to analysis from the New York Times.

As US Sends Cluster Munitions to Ukraine, Three More Countries Destroy Stockpiles MikeRivero Mon, 09/18/2023 - 06:17

As the U.S. gives cluster bombs to Ukraine—and as the Biden administration reportedly moves to send longer-range missiles armed with them to Kyiv—three nations this week said they’ve finished destroying their stockpiles of the internationally banned weapons amid renewed calls for more countries to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions.