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Extraordinary interrogations unacceptable, U.N. says

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 12 (UPI) -- It is duplicitous for governments to condemn torture while at the same time accepting what it produces, the U.N. special envoy on torture said from Switzerland.

Europe calls on Turkey to get serious about association

STRASBOURG, France, March 12 (UPI) -- Ankara needs to show its commitment to meeting European standards on justice and freedom of expression, the European Parliament said Wednesday.

Afghan right to vote critical, U.N. envoy says

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 12 (UPI) -- The right of all Afghans to take part in provincial council and presidential elections in April must be protected, U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis said Wednesday.

Executions in Iran 'alarming,' U.N. envoys say

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 12 (UPI) -- The use of capital punishment in Iran is 'truly alarming," U.N. special envoys said in response to the hanging of a child bride.
NYC explosion: at least 15 injured, 1 dead

NYC explosion: at least 15 injured, 1 dead

March 12 (UPI) -- The New York City Police Department is investigating an explosion and fire that took place in East Harlem Wednesday morning.
Veronica Linares
U.S. criticized for cyberespionage program

U.S. criticized for cyberespionage program

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 12 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Wednesday the United Nations should hold Washington to account for its controversial surveillance program.

Military remains influential in Myanmar, envoy says

UNITED NATIONS, March 12 (UPI) -- U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana said Wednesday the military still holds the reins on many aspects of life in the country.
George Zimmerman releases divorce video

George Zimmerman releases divorce video

March 12 (UPI) -- George Zimmerman is tired of being defined by his media coverage, so he is releasing a video Wednesday in order to be seen without the "filter" of the media.
Gabrielle Levy
EU sees no 'quick fix' for Ukraine

EU sees no 'quick fix' for Ukraine

STRASBOURG, France, March 12 (UPI) -- European assistance to Ukraine should be met by pledges from an inclusive government in Kiev to embrace reforms, the president of the European Commission said.

Putin as carnivore

BERLIN, March 12 (UPI) -- The unfolding Ukraine crisis has become a classic example of the complex nature of power in the modern age.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Public transport use up to highest level since 1956: Report

Public transport use up to highest level since 1956: Report

March 11 (UPI) -- More Americans opted to travel using public transportation last year than any year since 1956, thanks to an improving economy.
Gabrielle Levy
Deborah Hersman leaves NTSB for NSC

Deborah Hersman leaves NTSB for NSC

March 11 (UPI) -- After nearly 10 years leading the National Transportation Safety Board, Deborah Hersman will step down to head the National Safety Council.
Gabrielle Levy
Christie ex-aides ask judge to quash subpoenas

Christie ex-aides ask judge to quash subpoenas

March 11 (UPI) -- Two former Chris Christie aides asked the federal judge investigating lane closures on the George Washington Bridge not to force them to turn over texts.
Gabrielle Levy
Feinstein accuses CIA of spying on Senate computers

Feinstein accuses CIA of spying on Senate computers

March 11 (UPI) -- In a stunning speech from the Senate floor, Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of violating the Constitution.
Gabrielle Levy

Britain calls for vigilance amid Turkish unrest

LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- The British government called for vigilance Tuesday for any of its citizens in Turkey given the likelihood nationwide protests will turn violent.
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