May 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Obaidullah, an Afghan villager captured with diagrams of improvised bombs, has marked nearly 11 years as a detainee at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Three months ago, outraged by what he called another prison "shakedown," he joined a hunger strike there, and now is locked in solitary confinement with at least 100 fellow detainees. "I have seen men who are on the verge of death being taken away to be force-fed," Obaidullah said in a federal court affidavit declassified Friday.
April 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Confronted with a mass hunger strike and the use of forced feedings to keep inmates from starving, President Obama broke a long silence on the military prison for suspected foreign terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, declaring it "not sustainable" and making a strongly worded plea Tuesday for its closure. Guantanamo is "a problem that is not going to get better. It's going to get worse. It's going to fester," Obama said at a White House news conference in his most extensive comments on the issue in two years.
April 24, 2013 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Kings' 16-second breakdown is the short, efficient way of describing their 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild here on Tuesday night. But it's not the complete version. The Kings allowed goals by Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck in the span of 16 seconds in the first period to help determine their fate against Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center. That was exacerbated when they were outworked in the first 40-plus minutes by a team fighting for its playoff life.
April 23, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A Palestinian inmate ended a prolonged hunger strike Tuesday after reaching a deal with Israeli military prosecutors for early release, his lawyer and family said. Samer Issawi, whose fast helped fuel weeks of protests in the West Bank this year, will be allowed to return home to East Jerusalem after he serves eight more months , his attorney, Jawad Boulus, said. Issawi, 33, had refused food for 227 days, receiving only infusions of water, vitamins and other supplements, Boulus said.
April 9, 2013 |
Halle Berry and Michael Kors have teamed up to work with the United Nations World Food Program. They designed two watches that will be sold to benefit the organization. For every watch sold, 100 meals for hungry children will be provided. The watches will be sold in Michael Kors stores and at MichaelKors.com. [Los Angeles Times] After a year and a half trying to remake J.C. Penney, Ron Johnson was replaced as chief executive by his predecessor, Myron E. Ullman III. [New York Times]
April 8, 2013 |
Halle Berry is touting her new pregnancy and motherhood as she prepares to launch a philanthropic campaign with designer Michael Kors. The duo has paired up to launch Watch Hunger Stop, which will provide meals to children in Africa, Syria and maybe Central America. They plan to raise money via the sale of Kors' ubiquitous $295 Runway watch, according to the Associated Press. For each watch sold, 100 meals will be provided to children as part of the U.N. World Food Programme.