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This is a court artist sketch of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the dock reading his papers as he appears at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court for his extradition hearing, in London, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents.  (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks' Assange

Feb. 24, 2020 2:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court. A lawyer for the U.S. authorities, who want to try Assange on espionage charges,...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention in Manchester, N.H. Shaheen is sponsoring a bill to ban visas and freeze assets of Lebanese officials involved in the detention of an American citizen since September. Shaheen, a Democrat, is expected to introduce the bill Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, along with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Sanctions bill aimed at Lebanon over detained US citizen

Feb. 24, 2020 8:41 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire senator is sponsoring a bill to ban visas and freeze assets of Lebanese officials involved in the detention of an American citizen since September. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, is expected to introduce the bill Monday, along with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of...

Ex-official for notorious Syria rebels got visa to France

Feb. 6, 2020 11:46 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The one-time spokesman for the notorious Syrian rebel faction the Army of Islam , who was arrested in southern France last week and charged with torture and war crimes, arrived in the country on a short-term visa, the French Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The ministry said during an online...

FILE - In this June 2016 file photo, provided by Guila Fakhoury, her father, Amer Fakhoury, holds his granddaughter, Kira, in King of Prussia, Penn. Lebanese Judicial officials said Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, that a military investigative judge has charged Amer Fakhoury, a Lebanese-American, with murder and torture of Lebanese citizens. The charges could carry a death sentence. Fakhoury allegedly committed the crimes during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon. Fakhoury was detained after returning to his native Lebanon from the U.S. in September. He's also undergoing cancer treatment, and may not be able to stand trial. (Guila Fakhoury via AP, File)

Lebanese-American who worked for Israel charged with murder

Feb. 4, 2020 4:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A military investigative judge charged a Lebanese-American man with murder and torture of Lebanese citizens Tuesday, crimes he allegedly committed during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon, judicial officials said. The accusations could carry a death sentence. Amer Fakhoury is accused of...

FILE - In this April 17, 2019 file photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, a U.S. flag flies inside the razor wire of the Camp VI detention facility in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. A former CIA contractor who helped design the agency’s harsh interrogation program following the Sept. 11 attacks pushed back Friday on the notion that the survival training for U.S. service members, which became the basis for the “enhanced” techniques used on American captives, amounted to torture.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Second CIA contractor testifies in 9/11 case at Guantanamo

Jan. 31, 2020 6:09 PM EST

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A former CIA contractor who helped design a harsh interrogation program following the the Sept. 11 attacks sought Friday to minimize the severity of techniques used on the men facing war crimes charges for their alleged roles in the plot. John Bruce Jessen, testifying in public for...

FILE - In this April 17, 2019 file photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, a U.S. flag flies inside the razor wire of the Camp VI detention facility, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ex-CIA contractor defends brutal post-9/11 interrogations

Jan. 21, 2020 5:02 PM EST

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An architect of the brutal CIA interrogation and detention program developed after the Sept. 11 attacks defended the agency and its practices on Tuesday as those techniques become the focus of an effort to dismiss key evidence against five men charged in the terrorist plot. James...

A boy cries after government airstrikes in the town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Syrian government warplanes struck a market and an industrial area Wednesday in the last territory in the hands of rebel groups in the country's northwest, killing at least 15 people, opposition activists said. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

UN report lays out agonies faced by Syrian children amid war

Jan. 16, 2020 6:44 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — In Syria's civil war, girls as young as nine have been raped and forced into sexual slavery. Boys have been tortured, forced into military training and ordered to carry out killings in public. Children have been targeted by sniper fire and used as bargaining chips to extract ransoms. Those...