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Amnesty International: The Rendition of Khaled el-Masri

Author: Amnesty International

This report from Amnesty International contains an extensively documented account of the unlawful detention or ‘rendition’ of Khaled el-Masri, a 43-year-old German of Lebanese origin. El-Masri was arrested while on a trip to Macedonia in December 2003. He was initially detained and interrogated by Macedonian officials for 23 days, then handed to US agents and secretly flown via Iraq to Afghanistan. He was then taken to a prison that his lawyers believe was the "Salt Pit", an abandoned brick factory run by US agents as a prison in the north of the business district in Kabul, during which time he was allegedly ill-treated. He was then flown to an as yet unidentified location in the Balkans, and driven to the Albanian border, after the US authorities apparently realized they had the wrong man. The Albanian authorities then arranged his flight back to Germany.

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Drozdiak: German Chancellor Likely to Press Bush for Direct Talks with Iran

William Drozdiak interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

The president of the American Council on Germany sees a "definite improvement" in U.S.-German relations since Angela Merkel became chancellor five months ago. Ahead of Merkel's second visit to Washington this year, William Drozdiak says that a key issue for Merkel and President Bush is what to do about Iran's nuclear program.

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