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Coalition military officials have released details of a string of investigations into deaths and assaults on detainees and civilians under their protection, as outrage mounts over pictures purporting to show the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by their captors.


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Heavy metal music and popular American children's songs are being used by US interrogators to break the will of their captives in Iraq. ... The US's Psychological Operations Company (Psy Ops) said the aim was to break a prisoner's resistance through sleep deprivation and playing music that was culturally offensive to them. However, human rights organisation, Amnesty International, said such tactics may constitute torture -...


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The US has condemned the killing and dismembering of four American civilian security contractors in Iraq.


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Cuba has for the first time attacked the use of Guantanamo Bay as a centre for detaining people the US suspects of links to the Taleban and al-Qaeda.


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The White House has stressed that President Bush is "deeply sorry" for the abuses by US prison guards in Iraq after he failed to apologise directly...


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The death of two innocent Iraqis was thought so unremarkable the US military did not even report it, but Peter Beaumont says it reflects an increasingly callous disregard of civilian lives in coalition operations by Peter Beaumont.


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The Church of Scientology faces the prospect of a police investigation in Australia after being accused of torture and embezzlement and of forcing employees to have abortions.


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A senior adviser to former US President George W Bush has defended tough interrogation techniques, saying their use helped prevent terrorist attacks. In a BBC interview, Karl Rove, who was known as "Bush's brain", said he "was proud we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists"...


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The US airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan contains a facility for detainees that is distinct from its main prison, the Red Cross has confirmed to the BBC.


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"I hope I'm judged a success. But I'm gonna be dead, Matt, when they finally figure it out," he said...


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The US and Iraq should investigate claims of abuse contained in files published on the Wikileaks website, the UN's rights chief says...


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British officials in Bangladesh have confirmed Wikileaks reports that the UK is training a police force in the country accused of being a death squad.


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Police in Bristol have arrested four people after secret filming by BBC Panorama found a pattern of serious abuse at a residential hospital. Winterbourne View treats people with learning disabilities and autism. Andrew McDonnell, who works with adults with mental disabilities, labelled some of the examples seen on film "torture". All four have been released on police bail. The hospital's owners, Castlebeck, have apologised...


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A US court case has brought to light details of alleged CIA "rendition flights" that transported terror suspects around the world for interrogation after 9/11...


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