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Lord's set to stage record fifth ICC Cricket World Cup final 18.12.2014 New Kerala: World News
Dubai, Dec.18 : The Lord's Cricket Ground in London has been proposed as the venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup final when the tournament is staged in England and Wales in 2019 - and will also host the ICC Women's World Cup final in 2017.
Proven formula proposed for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 18.12.2014 New Kerala: World News
Dubai, Dec.18 : The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have recommended that the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 follow the successful formula of the 2013 event with The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff being the venues proposed.
Syria: where modern and medieval warfare combines 18.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The conflict in Syria is the defining humanitarian crisis of our time. We need more aid and pressure on both sides to relieve the suffering More aid is reaching more people inside Syria, but escalating violence across the country has left more people than ever in need. So warns Ban Ki-moon in his latest report on the Syria crisis. As the UN prepares to launch a humanitarian appeal for those affected by the conflict – the biggest single aid request in history – the secretary general’s report signals the urgent need for a step-change in international engagement with Syria. The lives of the country’s beleaguered civilians, and the future of hard-won norms of warfare, depend on it. Every month the number of people requiring basic assistance inside Syria rises: the figure now stands at 12.2 million . More than half of those in need have been driven from their homes, and a quarter of a million people in the suburbs of Aleppo and Damascus remain besieged, trapped in the ruins of what used to be their ...
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Lab tests show pesticide killed Portland, Ore., crows; unknown whether poisoning intentional 18.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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As China visits Chicago, good signs for free trade 18.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Top officials from the U.S. and China are in Chicago this week to work on a treaty that would greatly encourage investment in both nations by expanding financial protections for foreign investors. Let's hope Chicago's environs charm them into securing a ...
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New Documents Show the US Called Waterboarding Torture During World War II 18.12.2014 Mother Jones
Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail how the the United States charged hundreds of Japanese military officials and prison guards with war crimes for abuses against American prisoners of war, including waterboarding. "What the US was calling torture, what it was prosecuting as war crimes [during World War II] were not even close to what has come out in the torture report," says Shanti Sattler, assistant director at the War Crimes Project at the Center for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London, who fought to have the trove of documents made public. The torture indictments are documented in the archives of the United Nations War Crimes Commission , which was created in 1943 to classify and identify Axis war crimes and to assist in the prosecution of war criminals. ...
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How 'Citibank Budget' Push Foreshadows “Fast Track” For Trade Deals 18.12.2014 Crooks Liars
It is worth examining how the process was rigged to push that budget deal through Congress over the weekend that contained Citibank-written derivative deregulation and all kinds of other goodies for the rich and powerful. That's because the "cromnibus" formula will be formalized in the next big deal, in a process called "fast track." Congress passed the "cromnibus" (continuing resolution for omnibus budget) right at the deadline for another government shutdown. (After they extended the deadline, actually.) The budget contained a Citibank-written provision that undoes some Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulations. It authorizes a cut in many people's pensions by up to 60 percent, severely cuts the IRS budget and its ability to collect taxes, dramatically expanded the ability of big money to influence elections, reduced the EPA's authority, and included many other provisions that could not have passed in the light of day. This budget "deal" was pushed through Congress using a rigged process that kept ...
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ECB proposes venues for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 17.12.2014 New Kerala: World News
London, Dec 17 : The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has proposed The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff as the venues for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, following the successful formula of the event staged last year.
ECB proposes Lord's as venue for 2019 world cup final 17.12.2014 New Kerala: World News
London, Dec 17 : Lord's Cricket Ground in London has been proposed as the venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup final when the tournament is staged in England and Wales in 2019.
America's Addiction to Torture 17.12.2014 Truthout.com
Masked Guantánamo protesters kneel during the Democratic National Convention August 25, 2008, in Denver. (Photo via Shutterstock ) State-sanctioned torture is not just a US export; it's part of a long history of domestic terrorism. We must connect the dots between the same lawlessness and culture that subjects foreign nationals to brutal violence, and provides immunity for killer cops at home. Masked Guantánamo protesters kneel during the Democratic National Convention August 25, 2008, in Denver. (Photo via Shutterstock ) Want to support Truthout and double your impact? Click here to make a donation that will be matched dollar-for-dollar - but only if we meet our matching grant goal in time! The United States is addicted to torture. Not only does this savage addiction run through its history like an overheated electric current, but it has become intensified as part of a broader national psychosis of fear, war and violence. A post 9/11 obsession with security and revenge has buttressed a militarized ...
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Risks Have Never Been Greater For Medical Workers In Conflict Zones 17.12.2014 NPR News
They've always been caught in the crossfire. But now they're being directly targeted. And no place is more dangerous than Syria.
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Doctors May Have Violated Medical Ethics By Helping The CIA Torture Prisoners 17.12.2014 Think Progres

“Health professionals played a pivotal role in the abuse and brutality exposed in the CIA torture report and they must be held accountable,” an advocacy group says in a new report.

The post Doctors May Have Violated Medical Ethics By Helping The CIA Torture Prisoners appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Havana Daydream 17.12.2014 Esquire
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America's Addiction to Torture 17.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Masked Guantánamo protesters kneel during the Democratic National Convention August 25, 2008, in Denver. (Photo via Shutterstock ) State-sanctioned torture is not just a US export; it's part of a long history of domestic terrorism. We must connect the dots between the same lawlessness and culture that subjects foreign nationals to brutal violence, and provides immunity for killer cops at home. Masked Guantánamo protesters kneel during the Democratic National Convention August 25, 2008, in Denver. (Photo via Shutterstock ) Want to support Truthout and double your impact? Click here to make a donation that will be matched dollar-for-dollar - but only if we meet our matching grant goal in time! The United States is addicted to torture. Not only does this savage addiction run through its history like an overheated electric current, but it has become intensified as part of a broader national psychosis of fear, war and violence. A post 9/11 obsession with security and revenge has buttressed a militarized ...
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CIA Torture Is Out in the Open - but Guantanamo Bay Detainees Are Still Going Nowhere 17.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
The recent release of a US Senate committee’s  report  on CIA interrogation methods during the War on Terror has sent  shockwaves  around the world. Detailing the extent and sheer brutality of the enhanced interrogation techniques used during the CIA’s detention and interrogation programme after 9/11, it is a devastating exposé of the US attitude to fundamental human rights during a desperately dark era. The US and its  allies  complicit in its illegal rendition, secret detention and torture  programme  are now busily proclaiming that the torture described in the report was wrong, shameful and now a thing of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth. We must not forget the 136 detainees remaining in Guantanamo Bay, who are still being  tortured  and held indefinitely without trial. For them, the era of abuse and injustice described in the report is far from over – and hopes of an end to the facility’s nightmarish legal story are faint indeed. Open and Shut Prior to his election, the US president, ...
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EU parliament backs Palestinian state ‘in principle’ 17.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Israel PM accuses Europe of staggering hypocrisy after MEPs back compromise motion on Palestine by 498 votes to 88

Israel has been hammered by a series of diplomatic rebuffs across Europe after the European parliament voted overwhelmingly for qualified recognition of the Palestinian state.

The vote on Wednesday came on the same day as a meeting of signatories to the Geneva conventions warned that Israel must respect international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Israeli leader slams EU for taking Hamas off terror list, says nothing learned from Holocaust 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
Geneva Conventions adopt declaration invoking rights of Palestinians in conflict with Israel 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Neutral umpires and the declaration of independence in Test cricket 17.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The introduction of neutral officials might have closed a 16% home bias but ICC continues to discuss a return to home umpires

On the afternoon of 26 October 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona, a gunfight took place between a bunch of outlaws, including the Clanton brothers, Ike and Billy, the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil, the lawmen in an unruly town, together with the man known as Doc Holliday. The gun battle, during which three outlaws were killed, is said to have lasted just 30 seconds, although Hollywood licence suggests much longer.

Following the 1953 film it became known universally as the Gunfight at the OK Corral and ever since, in cricket, whenever umpires have become over-enthusiastic when it comes to raising the finger – firing batsmen out – that has been the euphemism used.

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Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter 17.12.2014 AP Politics
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she's proud to have been part of an administration that "banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations" and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world....
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