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Zimbabwe president vows to ‘flush out’ critics in clampdown

Zimbabwe’s president, calling the main opposition party “terrorist,” vowed to flush out opponents in an ongoing clampdown in which scores of opposition members and government critics have been arrested and rights groups allege security forces have carried out illegal abductions and torture.

Judge dismisses felony cruelty charges in squirrel deaths

A Greenacres woman is no longer facing nine felony charges for her efforts to prevent squirrels from raiding her beloved walnut tree. But for the nine squirrels, the death penalty could not be reversed on appeal.

California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner

A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of cash in the desert

Parents who tortured children get life after hearing victims

A California couple who inflicted years of torture and abuse on 12 of their 13 children and were only discovered when one of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator were sentenced to life in prison Friday, with parole possible after 25 years.

Spokane prosecutors decline to file charges in ‘child torture’ case

A man suspected of breaking his 3-year-old son’s leg and splinting it with a Pringles potato chip can, which was among a list of injuries discovered on three children that one nurse described as torture, will not face criminal charges because Spokane County prosecutors say they don’t have enough evidence to proceed.

Ruth Marcus: Haspel failed to show she’s learned from history

The nomination of Gina Haspel to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency presents an exquisitely difficult choice for senators weighing her confirmation. It is one that should tip, on the basis of Haspel’s own words, against her confirmation. On one side of the ledger is the sheer fact of Haspel’s qualifications for the job by virtue of her experience in the agency. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., did not exaggerate when he described Haspel, at the panel’s hearing Wednesday, as “the most prepared nominee in its 70-year history.” Those signing a letter urging Haspel’s confirmation span Democratic and Republican administrations, and include eight former CIA directors or acting directors, three former directors of national intelligence and two former secretaries of state.

CIA nominee says torture doesn’t work as interrogation tool

President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee said Wednesday at her confirmation hearing that she doesn’t believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her “strong moral compass” would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable.

Prosecutor: Parents chained children for months at a time

The parents of 13 siblings who were allegedly held in captivity in their family’s Southern California home were charged Thursday with committing years of torture and abuse that left their children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments.

At U.N. rights body, Sri Lanka vows new steps to fight torture

Government envoys from Sri Lanka told the U.N.’s top human rights body Wednesday that their country is taking new steps to battle torture, a move that an advocacy group attributed to an Associated Press report documenting allegations from men who said they were brutalized, raped and branded.