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Dec 8, 2014

Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in Senate report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Graphic details about sexual threats and other harsh interrogation techniques the CIA meted out to captured militants will be detailed by a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the spy agency’s anti-terror tactics, sources familiar with the document said.

The report, which the committee’s majority Democrats are expected to release on Tuesday, describes how senior al Qaeda operative Abdel Rahman al Nashiri, suspected mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was threatened by his interrogators with a buzzing power drill, the sources said. The drill was never actually used on Nashiri.

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Tom Hanks, Sting and Lily Tomlin bask at Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Hollywood stars, ballet
dancers, and soul singers on Sunday celebrated Kennedy Center
Honors winners actor Tom Hanks, singer-songwriter Sting and
comedienne Lily Tomlin during Washington’s high-profile tribute
to excellence in the arts.

Ballerina Patricia McBride and singer Al Green completed the
group of artists who sported the prestigious prize on a night of
dance and song.

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Yemen rescue failed as captors alerted to approaching U.S. commandos: officials

WASHINGTON/SANAA (Reuters) – It could have been something as simple as a barking dog that alerted the al Qaeda guards as U.S. special operations forces approached the compound just after midnight. Within seconds, as they neared the building, intense gunfire erupted.

Those details and others provided by U.S. and Yemeni officials about what they describe as Saturday’s execution of American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie in Yemen illustrate the formidable odds the United States faces in retrieving hostages from the hands of militants across the region.

Dec 6, 2014
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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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