BC-AP Americas Digest
CIA TORTURE REPORT
WASHINGTON — CIA Director John Brennan is acknowledging that agency officers did “abhorrent” things to captive terror suspects, and he says he can’t prove the harsh treatment made the prisoners cooperate. But he defends the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping attacks and saving lives. By Ken Dilanian.
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WASHINGTON — It’s now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion U.S. government-wide spending bill after the Obama White House and House Republicans joined forces to push it through the House over objections from Democrats that it would roll back bank regulations imposed in the wake of the economic near-meltdown of 2008.
UNITED STATES-MYANMAR-MILITARY TIES
WASHINGTON — Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the United States is sending the wrong signal by opening the door for broader engagement with Myanmar’s widely criticized military just weeks after President Barack Obama assured opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that closer ties weren’t going to happen soon. By Matthew Pennington.
MONTREAL — A Canadian man accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country kept a promise made several months earlier to take the life of a human being, the prosecutor says in his closing arguments.
SECRET CUBAN HIP-HOP-PLOT
HAVANA — A U.S. agency’s secret infiltration of Cuba’s underground hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against the government was “reckless” and “stupid,” U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says. By Desmond Butler, Michael Weissenstein, Laura Wides-Munoz and Andrea Rodriguez.
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LIMA, Peru — U.N. global warming talks head into their last scheduled day Friday with rich and poor countries arguing over what kind of climate action plans they should present in the run-up to a key summit in Paris next year. By Karl Ritter.
SAO PAULO — Prosecutors investigating a sprawling kickback scheme at Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras file charges against 35 people, including executives from some of the nation’s biggest construction firms. By Brad Brooks.
RIO DE JANEIRO — The National Truth Commission that probed human rights abuses committed by Brazil’s former military dictatorship drew a direct link from regime-era kidnappings and killings to the brutality of today’s police force. By Jenny Barchfield.
MEXICO CITY — The government announces the start of bidding for oil exploration rights in 14 areas of the Gulf of Mexico being opened to domestic and international companies as Mexico ends a seven-decade state monopoly on the petroleum business. By E. Eduardo Castillo.
SAO PAULO — A man who allegedly confessed to the murders of more than 40 people since 2005 has been arrested in Rio de Janeiro and police are investigating the veracity of his claims. By Stan Lehman.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin apologizes for calling Angelina Jolie a “spoiled brat” and making racially offensive jokes about President Obama’s presumed taste in movies. By Lindsey Bahr.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS
NEW YORK — “Birdman” is soaring. “Boyhood” keeps growing. “Selma” is on the march. And “Unbroken” is... missing in action. In nominations for the 72 annual Golden Globes announced in Beverly Hills, California, the season’s Oscar favorites largely stayed on course, with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” spreading its wings the widest. By Jake Coyle.
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