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Published: Tuesday | July 9, 2013 Comments 0
United States Park Police arrest demonstrators protesting the Guantanamo Bay military detention facility, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the north gate of the White House in Washington.  - AP
United States Park Police arrest demonstrators protesting the Guantanamo Bay military detention facility, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the north gate of the White House in Washington. - AP

Seven killed in bus accident

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (AP):

A transportation official in the Dominican Republic says seven people have been killed in a bus accident in the southwestern part of the country. Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Roberto Lebron says the bus collided with a truck between the cities of Bani and Azua. Six passengers and the ticket-taker on the bus were killed. The six passengers were all citizens of Haiti. Lebron said about 10 people were injured in the crash early yesterday. They were being treated at a hospital in Azua.

Judge can't halt force-feeding

MIAMI, United States (AP):

A United States (US) federal judge says she can't halt the force-feeding of hunger striking prisoners at Guantanamo. But the judge also says the practice appears to violate international law. US District Judge Gladys Kessler was asked to issue a preliminary injunction on behalf of a Syrian prisoner at the US base in Cuba. Kessler ruled yesterday that she lacks jurisdiction to stop the force-feeding. The judge says there appears to be a consensus that force-feeding amounts to inhumane treatment and she noted President Barack Obama has the power to address the issue. Attorney Jon Eisenberg says he is considering an appeal. He is also awaiting a decision from another judge on motions filed by three other prisoners. The US says 106 of the 166 at Guantanamo are on hunger strike.

Earthquake shakes up Antigua

ST JOHN'S, ANTIGUA (CMC):

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake near Barbuda caused light shaking in Antigua, St Kitts and Guadeloupe yesterday morning. The Seismic Research Unit at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, reports that the quake , with a depth of 26km, occurred north of Antigua around 5:14 a.m. local time. There have been no reports of damages or injuries.

Guantanamo officer to face rape charge

PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA (CMC):

The United States Coast Guard says a petty officer at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba will face a court martial in September. Omar Gomez, 35, has been accused of rape, sexual assault, cruelty and maltreatment, making a false official statement and failure to obey a lawful order. The charges follow a six-month-long investigation, which revealed "Gomez, the sole member charged in this case, engaged in a broad spectrum of sexually related misconduct ranging from rape to inappropriate comments, involving two civilians and six Coast Guard women."

In May, the US military said about 26,000 service members may have been sexually assaulted last year, a significant increase over the estimated 19,000 in 2011.

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