MOSCOW (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogations proves beyond doubt that Lithuania knowingly hosted one of the agency’s secret detention facilities, lawyers for an ex-detainee told the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday.
Saudi-born Abu Zubaydah is asking the Strasbourg-based court to rule that NATO member Lithuania was part of a network of U.S. allies which agreed to host CIA “black sites” around the world where al Qaeda suspects were held and tortured.
MOSCOW, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Russia called on Friday for
military-to-military cooperation with the United States to avert
“unintended incidents” as it stages navy exercises off the coast
of Syria, where U.S. officials believe Moscow is building up
forces to protect President Bashar al-Assad.
The United States is using Syrian air space to lead a
campaign of air strikes against Islamic State, and a greater
Russian presence raises the prospect of the Cold War superpower
foes encountering each other on the battlefield.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia called on Friday for Washington to restart direct military-to-military cooperation to avert “unintended incidents” near Syria, at a time when U.S. officials say Moscow is building up forces to protect President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
The United States is leading a campaign of air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syrian air space, and a greater Russian presence would raise the prospect of the Cold War superpower foes encountering each other on the battlefield.
KRAKOW, Poland, July 7 (Reuters) – Poland should hold a
referendum before joining the euro, a senior adviser to its
incoming president said, heralding a more cautious approach to
European integration from the European Union’s biggest eastern
Krzysztof Szczerski, foreign affairs adviser to
president-elect Andrzej Duda, also signalled Poland would resist
giving up more sovereignty to Brussels, and said it would fight
EU green policies that harm the Polish economy by forcing it to
burn less coal.
WARSAW/KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – The United States is ignoring a request from Poland to hand over the full version of a Senate report that could shed light on allegations the CIA abused al Qaeda suspects at a secret prison in the north of the country, according to Polish prosecutors.
The report last December by the U.S. Senate intelligence committee detailed how the CIA used techniques including water-boarding and mock executions on terrorism suspects at secret overseas facilities in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
WARSAW (Reuters) – Supporters of Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz praised her mettle on Thursday after she purged senior figures from her government, but she may have acted too late to stop her party losing power in a parliamentary election later this year.
Kopacz said the purge was prompted by new leaks relating to the secret recording of senior officials drinking expensive wine in Warsaw restaurants, making profane remarks about colleagues and hatching political schemes.
WARSAW, June 10 (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz
purged three ministers from her government and the speaker of
parliament on Wednesday to try to reverse a slide in her party’s
popularity before a parliamentary election in four months’ time.
Kopacz said she needed to restore voter trust in her
centre-right Civic Platform, which has been in government since
2007 but now faces defeat in the parliamentary election at the
hands of a resurgent conservative opposition.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two Russian men captured by Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian rebels have told a newspaper they were in Ukraine on a mission for the Russian military, contradicting Moscow’s official line.
Speaking from a hospital bed in Kiev, one of the men, Alexander Alexandrov, became tearful when his interviewer told him his relatives had told Russian state media that he had quit the Russian military before heading to Ukraine.
BUDAPEST/WARSAW (Reuters) – What should have been Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s finest hour may be becoming his darkest.
Investors are turning positive again on Hungarian assets, vindicating Orban after years when the International Monetary Fund, Brussels, and international financiers lined up to warn that he was going to destroy Hungary’s economy.
VILNIUS/WARSAW (Reuters) – Lithuania has restarted a criminal investigation into allegations that state security officials helped the CIA operate a secret jail in the Baltic state, the prosecutor-general’s office said on Thursday.
Prosecutors dropped the investigation four years ago, but decided to re-open it after the U.S. Senate last year published details of a secret CIA facility — without giving its location — which matched reports about a site in Lithuania, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said.