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Congress presses DOJ to improve jail reporting system after Reuters report

21 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON Congressional leaders are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to strengthen its tracking of deaths in local jails following a Reuters investigation that identified thousands of inmate fatalities and spurred criticism from human rights groups.

Special Report: Why 4,998 died in U.S. jails without getting their day in court

16 Oct 2020

By Peter Eisler, Linda So, Jason Szep, Grant Smith and Ned Parker | Video

Special Report: Death and politics roil a Georgia jail

04 Sep 2019

SAVANNAH, Ga. In the summer of 2016, Georgia’s Chatham County hired jail monitor Steven Rosenberg with a mission: scrutinize the county jail’s healthcare services after a string of deaths.

U.S. accuses Myanmar military of 'planned and coordinated' Rohingya atrocities

25 Sep 2018

WASHINGTON A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar's military waged a "well-planned and coordinated" campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Southeast Asian nation’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

Exclusive - U.S. team in refugee camps investigating atrocities against Rohingya

26 Apr 2018

WASHINGTON/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh The U.S. government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offences in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar's military for crimes against humanity, U.S. officials told Reuters.

Special Report - Why 'higher risk' human targets get shocked with Tasers

07 Feb 2018

By Grant Smith, Jason Szep, Peter Eisler, Linda So and Lisa Girion | Video

Ohio politicians call for inquiry into jail stun-gun abuses cited by Reuters

19 Dec 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio In one video, Sergeant Mychal Turner stunned a mentally ill inmate with a Taser multiple times after the inmate defied an order to stand in his cell at Ohio’s Franklin County jail. | Video

Exclusive - U.N. watchdogs call for probe of Taser assaults in U.S. jails

08 Dec 2017

GENEVA The U.N. special rapporteur on torture urged U.S. authorities to investigate and weigh criminal charges against jail officials in Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas for the “clearly gratuitous infliction of severe pain and suffering” from the use of Tasers on inmates, citing a Reuters report this week. | Video

Special Report - Inmate deaths reveal 'torturous' use of Tasers

06 Dec 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio Corporal Matthew Stice pointed his Taser at Martini Smith’s bare chest. | Video

U.S. diplomats accuse Tillerson of breaking child soldiers law

21 Nov 2017

WASHINGTON A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal documents reviewed by Reuters. | Video

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Trump, Biden in final full week of campaigning as virus looms large

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Monday are down to the final full week of campaigning before the Nov. 3 election, as surging coronavirus cases and a COVID-19 outbreak within Vice President Mike Pence's staff keep the focus of the race on the pandemic.