Italian cleric in CIA rendition case sentenced to six years in prison

MILAN, Italy, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A Muslim cleric whose kidnapping by CIA agents sparked debate about extraordinary rendition was sentenced Friday in Italy to six years in prison for terrorism.

Vietnamese-American charged as supporter of al-Qaida

SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A California man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges he conspired to join al-Qaida, officials say.
European lawmakers eye CIA renditions

European lawmakers eye CIA renditions

BRUSSELS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Members of the European Parliament said they were frustrated some members of the European Union were working alongside the CIA on secret interrogations.

Surrounded Boko Haram units turning to cannibalism

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Dozens of suspected Boko Haram militants, short of food and water, are resorting to cannibalism.

Pakistani Taliban says its fighters are in Syria

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, July 15 (UPI) -- The Pakistani Taliban says more than 100 of its fighters have reached Syria to join local rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Where is UNRWA when it comes to the Syrian Refugees?

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- What does it mean when Bashar Assad's regime bombs the Yarmouk -- Syria's largest Palestinian refugee neighborhood? Driving dozens of formerly pro-government Palestinian fighters to defect and join the rebels. All of this begs a closer look at the Palestinians in Syria.
ASAF ROMIROWSKY and ANAT BERKO, UPI Outside View Commentator

HRW calls for sweeping CIA investigations

MILAN, Italy, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch warned the U.S. government that foreign courts may follow Italy's example and examine the CIA's involvement in a rendition program.

Italian rendition case to be challenged

MILAN, Italy, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A lawyer representing a U.S. Air Force colonel convicted in an Italian court of the extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian cleric said a challenge was pending.
Syrians foresee war; U.N. decries regime

Syrians foresee war; U.N. decries regime

HOMS, Syria, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Syrians say they're bracing for all-out civil war while diplomats at the United Nations again criticized the Assad regime for the bloodshed.
U.S. closes embassy in Damascus

U.S. closes embassy in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The United States suspended operations at its embassy in Damascus Monday, citing the deteriorating situation across Syria.
Convicted CIA kidnapper wants U.S. shield

Convicted CIA kidnapper wants U.S. shield

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- A woman convicted in Italy of a 2003 CIA kidnapping is suing the U.S. government for diplomatic protection.

Italian CIA verdict puts pressure on Obama

MILAN, Italy, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- An Italian judge's decision to convict 23 alleged CIA spies of kidnapping a Muslim cleric off the streets of Milan in 2003 spells trouble for Washington's anti-terror plans.

Italy accused of racism against Gypsies

ROME, May 29 (UPI) -- Amnesty International alleges in its new human rights report that Italy has embraced racism by not respecting the basic human rights of Roma Gypsies.

Catholic leaders oppose Iraqi execution

MOSUL, Iraq, May 21 (UPI) -- Catholic leaders in Iraq Wednesday opposed the Iraqi government's decision to execute an al-Qaida leader linked to the death of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho.

Italian judge orders CIA trial to proceed

ROME, March 19 (UPI) -- An Italian court ruled the trial of 26 U.S. intelligence agents involved in the rendition of suspected terrorist sympathizer Abu Omar would resume in July.
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Abu Omar
Relatives of 19 year-old Palestinian Jihad Abu Omar mourn during his funeral in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on December 18, 2004. According to Palestinian medical sources, Omar was the sixth Palestinian killed in camp since the start of a large-scale Israeli incursion. (UPI Photo /Ismael Mohamad)
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