Rendition case against UK to proceed

BBC News - Rendition case against UK to proceed after appeal court ruling
Abdul-Hakim Belhaj alleges that former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and MI6 were complicit in arranging he and his wife's rendition from China in 2004.
The High Court had ruled the case could not be heard in UK courts because it could damage foreign relationships.
But judges said the claims were so "grave" a court should hear them.
Mr Belhaj's lawyer Sapna Malik said after the ruling: "It's a very significant step forward to these cases finally being heard.''
Mr Straw and the government have been given leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” said one official quoted in the Atlantic. “The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars. The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states.
“The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”

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Isis attack on Idlib: Assad's army leaders 'slaughtered'

Isis attack on Idlib: Assad's army leaders 'slaughtered' as jihadists nearly take Syrian provincial capital - Middle East - World - The Independent
Syria almost lost its second city to the jihadists of Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra last night when hundreds of fighters stormed into the provincial capital, Idlib, captured the newly installed governor’s office and began beheading Syrian army officers. By the time government troops recaptured the building, at least 70 soldiers – many senior officers – had been executed, leaving one of the oldest cities in Syria in chaos. “They were slaughtered,” a message to Damascus said before the army was able to declare Idlib saved.


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Executioners' League Table - Amnesty International Death Penalty Report

Amnesty International Death Penalty Report - Business Insider
The U.S., one of only two G8 countries to still impose the death penalty (along with Japan), executed 39 people, down 10% from 2012. Nearly half, 41%, took place in Texas.
While 98 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes, the number of death sentences actually increased between 2012 and 2013.

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A study released this week concludes that the biomass of large predatory fish (the kind of fish that humans like to eat) has declined by two-thirds worldwide in the last century, with 55% of the decline occurring in the last 40 years. Unsurprisingly, the blame lies with overfishing. “There will be fish in the future ocean” the authors dryly assure us, but they will be smaller species such as sardines and anchovies.

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