U.S. sets up tribunals for Guantanamo prisoners

Sunday, January 11, 2004

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Two years after the first prisoners began arriving at Guantanamo Bay in the wake of Sept. 11, families of detainees are asking how much longer they must wait for their loved ones to be tried or released. As the prison camp marks its second year anniversary today, the United States also faced criticism from foreign governments and human rights groups, questioning why hundreds of terror suspects have been held for so long without charges or legal representation. Over the past two years, U.S. officials have released 88 people held at the detention camp in eastern Cuba -- but new ones have regularly been brought in, bringing the current number of detainees to around 660.

Summit of the Americas looks at safety, migration

MONTERREY, Mexico -- Leaders from throughout the Americas will try to map out a common vision Monday on how to make the region safer, balancing concerns about security against alarm over increasingly aggressive U.S. measures to meet terror threats. Governments from Mexico to Brazil have cried foul over U.S. measures to photograph and fingerprint visiting foreigners while expressing excitement about President Bush's proposal to allow their citizens to work in the United States. The summit is planned for two days.

Doubts raised over blood from Britain's Diana crash

LONDON -- British police have doubts about the authenticity of the blood sample that led French investigators to conclude drunken driving caused the car crash that killed Princess Diana, a newspaper reported Saturday. The Times of London reported that senior officers were concerned that no DNA test was conducted to prove the blood sample belonged to Henri Paul, chauffeur of the car that crashed in a Paris underpass on Aug. 31, 1997. Princess Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and Paul were all killed in the crash, which a French court ruled in 2002 was an accident caused by Paul's speeding and being under the influence of alcohol.

Palestinian leaders back unilateral statehood move

JERUSALEM -- Palestinian leaders on Saturday reasserted the right to unilaterally declare an independent state in the absence of a peace deal with Israel, responding to Israel's own threats of one-sided action. The go-it-alone declarations reflect both sides' frustrations with more than three years of fighting and stalled peace talks. The PLO Executive Committee, one of the Palestinians' key leadership bodies, met Friday night to discuss the ongoing conflict with Israel and reiterated the right to declare a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Arab parts of Jerusalem -- lands that Israel took control of in the 1967 Mideast war.

-- From wire reports

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