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Monday, September 13, 2004 - Page updated at 12:13 A.M.
New Yorker writer Seymour Hersh, in a book released today, said senior military and national-security officials, including Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, received warnings from subordinates in 2002 and 2003 about such mistreatment.
"There were also early on ... some concerns about conditions of overcrowding," Rice said. "But nothing that suggested, to my recollection, that there were abuses ... going on at Guantánamo, and certainly nothing that would suggest the kind of thing that went on in Abu Ghraib."
Thousands of settlers protest moving plan
Tens of thousands Jewish settlers and their backers demonstrated in Jerusalem yesterday against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to evacuate all settlers from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank enclaves.
The withdrawal plan has upset the Israeli political scene since it was announced last year, turning Sharon's pro-settlement backers into opponents and some liberal detractors into supporters. Skeptical Palestinians believe the plan is a trick to justify annexing large parts of the West Bank to Israel.
At a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Sharon complained of statements of "grave incitement" that were "directing toward a civil war."
Opposition falls short in voting
Pro-democracy opposition figures gained more clout in Hong Kong's legislature with three new seats, but they fell short of expectations in yesterday's election.
The results allowed advocates of greater democracy in the former British colony to expand their 22-member presence in the Legislative Council to 25 seats, but left them short of the majority needed to block government legislation.
Two men admit killing 22 children
Two men, Iranian brick-makers, 24 and 30, have confessed to killing 22 children and three adults, raping the boys before murdering them, a legal official said yesterday
Police have unearthed the bodies of 17 victims in desert scrubland south of Tehran.
Hit on drug boss ends with eight dead
Gunmen killed a boss of one of Mexico's major drug cartels and two other people in an ambush at a cinema complex, and five of the assailants were killed in shootouts with police soon after, prosecutors said yesterday
Police said hired gunmen shot and killed Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes, 29, a chief of the Ciudad Juarez cartel, and his girlfriend.
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