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Military says Gitmo hunger strike fading


Military says Gitmo hunger strike fading

A prolonged hunger strike by more than 100 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appeared to be coming to an end Friday after military officials reported that almost all had started eating again.

The military said 99 of the 102 inmates listed as being on hunger strike had eaten a hot meal in the previous 24 hours.

Lt. Col. Samuel House, a spokesman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said he did not know what prompted the change. He added that they were not officially considered to have ended their protest because the military requires a minimum caloric intake over several days. "I cannot speculate on what their intent is," he said. "In my mind, it is not over."

The hunger strike, which began in February, has grown into a protest at what the prisoners see as President Barack Obama's abandonment of his policy to close the military detention center. In May, Obama pledged to renew efforts to begin transferring out some of the 166 detainees held at Guantanamo and ultimately close the facility.


6 killed as train derails outside Paris

A crowded passenger train derailed at the Bretigny-sur-Orge station outside Paris on Friday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others, France's interior minister said. It was the country's worst train accident in 25 years.

The train, heading from Paris to Limoges, derailed about 20 miles south of Paris and split into two. Witnesses said that the intercity train — not one of France's TGV express services — appeared to be going unusually fast and veered off the track as it entered the station.


Bodies recovered slowly in derailment

Transportation workers moved carefully Friday at the site of the derailment that incinerated the heart of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, and killed 50 people, searching for evidence that would help explain what led to the destruction.

Police increased the number of people confirmed killed by four to 28. The other 22 people are presumed dead.

Morrisville, N.C.

JetBlue flight lands after smoke warning

A JetBlue flight from New York to Tampa made an unscheduled landing in North Carolina after the crew said a smoke indicator light was activated in the cockpit.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said JetBlue Flight 1117 was diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and landed around 7 p.m. Friday. The crew reported an indication of smoke in a compartment that holds the instrumentation and electronics.

Bergen said the Airbus A320 stopped on the runway so emergency personnel could inspect the aircraft. showed it resumed at 10:06 p.m.


Britain: A Mercedes-Benz W196 race car driven to two Formula One Grand Prix victories in 1954 sold Friday for $29.7 million, the highest price ever paid for a car at auction.

Iraq: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a crowded coffee shop Friday in, killing at least 38 people, authorities said.

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Military says Gitmo hunger strike fading

07/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 12, 2013 11:10pm]
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