Lawyer Robert Kirsch fought tooth and nail for a decade to free his clients from Guantanamo Bay prison, but the forced transfer of the last one to Algeria was bittersweet. After 12 years behind bars at the US naval base in southern Cuba, Belkacem Bensayah was sent back to Algeria on Thursday, where he fears for his life and no longer has any relatives. Kirsch expressed "great frustration" and "anger" at the Pentagon's decision to send Bensayah and another long-held Algerian detainee, Djamel Ameziane, back to their country of origin against their will. Bensayah, 51, was the last of Kirsch's six Guantanamo clients known as the "Algerian Six." They were arrested in Bosnia in late 2001 and were among the first to arrive when Guantanamo opened in January 2002.
Six people have been arrested following fresh allegations of match-fixing in English football, authorities announced Sunday, with media reports suggesting that even next year's World Cup could be a target. Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said it had acted on information passed on by the Sun on Sunday tabloid. The paper said an undercover reporter had met former Portsmouth player Sam Sodje, who allegedly boasted he'd arranged for a player in English football's second-tier Championship to get themselves a yellow card in return for Â£30,000 ($49,000, 36,000 euros). It also alleged the 34-year-old Sodje had said he could rig Premier League matches and that the former Nigeria international, who played in the Premier League for Reading, was preparing to rig fixtures at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, toppling a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and blockading key government buildings in an escalating standoff with the president over the future of the country.