Dominique de Villepin, the former French prime minister, warned against the urge for “exceptional” measures. “The spiral of suspicion created in the United States by the Patriot Act and the enduring legitimization of torture or illegal detention has today caused that country to lose its moral compass,” he wrote in Le Monde, the French newspaper. […]

The U.S. military is planning to send more than 400 soldiers to train Syrians to supposedly fight Islamic State militants along with hundreds of U.S. support personnel, according to a Pentagon spokesman Thursday.   http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/16/us-syria-crisis-usa-idUSKBN0KP0FO20150116?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter The training mission is expected to begin in the spring at sites outside Syria, Colonel Steve Warren said. Turkey, Qatar […]

A Malaysian ship-supply contractor and a fourth Navy official pleaded guilty to federal charges on Thursday, in a decade-long conspiracy that the contractor said involved scores of Navy officials and millions of dollars in bribes and gifts. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/us/fourth-navy-official-pleads-guilty-in-bribery-scandal.html?partner=socialflow&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 Leonard Glenn Francis, a contractor known as “Fat Leonard,” pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego […]

A Brooklyn man claiming police manufactured gun-possession charges against him had his case dismissed on Thursday, amid two investigations into the practices of a group of police officers in the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/nyregion/charges-dismissed-in-brooklyn-gun-case-as-police-are-investigated.html?partner=socialflow&smid=tw-nytimes The man, Jeffrey Herring, had maintained his innocence ever since his arrest on June 4, 2013, asserting that officers […]

The panel investigating the Central Intelligence Agency’s search of a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee found that five agency officers had acted in good faith during an episode marked by confusion and poor communication, and should not be punished.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/15/us/politics/cia-officers-are-cleared-in-senate-computer-search.html?partner=socialflow&smid=tw-nytimes The accountability board, whose findings were made public on Wednesday, overturned the […]

The United States transferred five more detainees — all of them Yemenis — from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday, the Defense Department announced. Their release intensified the dispute between the Obama administration and several Republican senators over President Obama’s recent flurry of transfers as he seeks to empty the American-run prison. […]

Hundreds of bags of intravenous saline solution meant for training health care workers have been given to real patients http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/science/earth/fda-begins-inquiry-after-death-and-illnesses-from-saline-bags-meant-for-training.html?ref=us Health authorities were scrambling to answer this week after Wallcur, a San Diego-based company, recalled different-size bags of its saline solution and distilled water on Jan. 7. As of Thursday, 17 patients had fallen ill […]

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