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The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’

The CIA’s rendition, interrogation, and detention programs were even more nightmarish than you could imagine.

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Source: thedailybeast.com

By: Shane Harris

Interrogations that lasted for days on end. Detainees forced to stand on broken legs, or go 180 hours in a row without sleep. A prison so cold, one suspect essentially froze to death. The Senate Intelligence Committee is finally releasing its review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs. And it is brutal.

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Consumer Reports: How much arsenic is in your rice? (Video)

Consumer Reports’ new data and guidelines are important for everyone but especially for gluten avoiders

Source: consumerreports.org

In late 2012 we released our original report on arsenic in rice, in which we found measurable levels in almost all of the 60 rice varieties and rice products we tested.

Our most recent testing and analysis gave us some new information on the risk of arsenic exposure in infants and children through rice cereal and other rice products. We looked at data released by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013 on the inorganic arsenic content of 656 processed rice-containing products. We found that rice cereal and rice pasta can have much more inorganic arsenic—a carcinogen—than our 2012 data showed. According to the results of our new tests, one serving of either could put kids over the maximum amount of rice we recommend they should have in a week. Rice cakes supply close to a child’s weekly limit in one serving. Rice drinks can also be high in arsenic, and children younger than 5 shouldn’t drink them instead of milk. (Learn thenew rice rules about weekly servings.)

In 2012, we recommended that babies eat no more than one serving of infant rice cereal per day, on average, and that their diets should include cereals made from other grains. We did not find any reason to change our advice based on our new analysis. When we shared our results with the FDA and asked for comment, the agency reiterated its recommendation that everyone, including pregnant women, infants, and toddlers, should eat a variety of grains. And they pointed out that parents should “consider options other than rice cereal for a child’s first solid food.”

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Journalist Dies In Mysterious Crash, Shortly After Being Accused Of Spying By Turkey

A Lebanese-American reporter working for Iranian channel, Press TV, Serena Shim has been killed in a car crash in Turkey, following her reports of accusations from Turkey’s intelligence agency that she had been “spying.”

info-pictogram1 Shim was killed on Sunday as she was on a working mission in Turkey to cover the ongoing war in the strategic Syrian town of Kobani.

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Syrian refugees at risk from floods (Video)

info-pictogram1 Syria’s winter season is usually very cold and includes heavy rainfall, putting displaced families living in refugee camps at risk.There is also a threat of disease spreading among these camps, but the international community can not keep up with the needs and methods of prevention.One of the camps has been flooded and more than 400 tents were destroyed.Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker reports from Beirut.

Because Monsanto? The US GMO label fail (Video)

info-pictogram1 If you’re looking to buy natural food in the US, one thing you might want to avoid is actually the label ‘natural’.

NewsTeam: After Israeli shelling of UN school in Gaza (Video)

info-pictogram1 Harry Fear reports from Gaza about another heavy night of Israeli bombardments, which is followed by terrifying news: Israeli shell hits UN school in Gaza.

More Japanese universities to serve halal food

Source: arabnews.com

More Japanese universities would soon provide halal food on their campuses to cater for the growing number of Muslim students, the Japanese embassy announced on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Higher Education, Culture, Sports Sciences and Technology of Japan introduced the Global 30 program in 2009 to attract 300,000 foreign students over five years.

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4 Lessons The U.S. Didn’t Learn From Afghanistan (Video)

info-pictogram1 It’s been 13 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan with the aim of bringing down the Taliban government and search for Osama bin Laden. But has the experience made the U.S. any wiser?

Nepal children risk death to study at school (Video)

info-pictogram1 Hundreds of children in Nepal have to make perilous journeys to school every day using gondola-like wire bridges built over dangerous rivers. Risking injury and death, many take the measure so they can get an education and make it to school. Al Jazeera’s Subina Shrestha reports from Dhading.