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Theresa May faces questions 'over CIA terror report'

The Home Secretary will be grilled over her involvement in parts of a controversial US report on CIA interrogation techniques which were hidden from the public.

Theresa May faces questions over her role in the parts which were redacted from the American Senate's damning report on torture techniques used by the CIA after 9/11.

MPs on the influential Home Affairs select committee want to know whether she asked for sections to be blacked out because they could embarrass Westminster.

Downing Street confirmed the Home Secretary met with the committee behind the US report and the encounter would have covered a "wide range of issues".

However, MPs are in the dark over the extent of the UK's involvement in the torture of terror suspects and want to know if former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Foreign Secretary Jack Straw were in anyway complicit.

Mrs May will appear in front of the committee at 4:30pm.

Yvette Cooper calls for inquiry into UK role in CIA torture

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper Credit: PA Wire

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says that there must be a judge-led public inquiry into the UK's role in a brutal and ineffective CIA-led interrogation and torture programme.

Speaking on Andrew Marr's BBC show, Ms Cooper said: "My instinct has always been that it would be the right thing to do."


Ministers may be asked to give torture evidence

Former or serving ministers may be called to give evidence over allegations of British involvement in torture, Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind speaking to Andrew Marr. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

Rifkind, the head of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), said if UK agents were present when detainees were being tortured, it "would be quite against all standards of this country" and should be made public.

"If people deserve to be embarrassed, it's our job to embarrass them," he added.

Asked whether he could call ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, David Miliband or Jack Straw to give evidence, Sir Malcolm Rifkind said: "We will request any former or serving minister who has a contribution to make to our inquiry to give evidence."

If ministers refuse to appear, it will imply they "have something to hide", Rifkind said.

Blair and Straw 'should give evidence about torture claims'

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw should give evidence to a parliamentary panel about Britain's alleged links to torture if required, Alan Johnson has said.

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson. Credit: PA Wire

The former Home Secretary said the UK must obtain the damning report into the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation programme in full to examine the UK's alleged involvement.

Mr Johnson told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that he and ex-Foreign Secretary David Miliband conducted a "thorough investigation" into allegations of torture while they were in government.

"We could find no evidence of British agents being involved [in torture]," he said.

"I'm absolutely convinced that what was redacted, was what the Home Office says they wanted redacted."

UK requests secret material from damning CIA report

Sir Malcolm Rifkind said he was not hopeful his request would granted. Credit: PA

The parliamentary panel investigating allegations of British involvement in torture following 9/11 has asked to see secret material from a damning CIA report.

Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) chair Sir Malcolm Rifkind requested any redacted sections relating to the UK's role in the interrogation of terror suspects.

Sir Malcolm said it was for the US Government to decide whether to supply the material.

Asked if he was hopeful of success, he said: "I do not say I would be confident."

Downing Street has confirmed British spies spoke to their US counterparts to discuss blacking out some sections.

But it insisted it related only to "national security grounds" and was not to cover-up British complicity in torture.

Read more: How the CIA tortured its detainees

Michael Brown's mother: 'I hope they make a change'

Lesley McSpadden (centre). Credit: Reuters

The mother of black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police in Ferguson, said she hopes the protests sparked by his death will make a difference.

Lesley McSpadden said she was overwhelmed by the "sea of people" as thousands turned out to take part in a march on Washington.

She added: "If they don't see this and make a change, I don't know what we're going to do."


23 civil rights protesters arrested in Boston

A protester holds up a sign in New York. Credit: Reuters

Nearly two dozen civil rights protesters have been arrested in Boston in the US.

Police said the demonstrators were detained for disorderly conduct after trying to block a highway.

Hundreds filled the streets of Oakland in California. Credit: Reuters

Thousands are taking part in protests in New York, Washington and California, which have so far remained peaceful.

It comes after three unarmed black men were killed by police in recent weeks.

New Yorkers join protest against police brutality

Hundreds of protesters have gathered near New York's Washington Square Park, to join a march against "police brutality" following the recent deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.

Protesters in New York carry banners with a picture of Eric Garner's eyes on Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Bearing signs emblazoned with the slogan 'stop police brutality' the crowd marched towards NYC's police headquarters chanting "I can't breathe", the dying words of police choke-hold victim Eric Garner.

The New York march coincides with another 'justice for all' march being held in Washington today.

People take part in a march against police violence in New York Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Protesters in New York bear signs saying 'stop police brutality' Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Protesters shout 'Black Lives Matter' through DC streets

Thousands of demonstrators streamed through the streets of Washington singing, shouting and chanting against the recent police killings of unarmed black men.

Shouts of 'Black lives matter', 'Hands up, don't shoot', and 'I can't breathe' were heard as a wide range of Americans from different ethnic backgrounds walked peacefully through the capital.

Crowds of protesters fill Washington streets

Crowds of protesters have filled the streets leading up to Washington's capitol hill as they march for 'justice for all' following the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.

Demonstrators fill Pennsylvania Avenue as they march towards the U.S. Capitol building during the national Justice For All march Credit: REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Thousands of demonstrators gather in Washington for a march to protest the killings of unarmed black men by law enforcement officers Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Carrying signs which read "Black Lives Matter" and "Who do you protect? Who do you serve?", the crowd gathered in Freedom Plaza today before marching up the capital's Pennsylvania Avenue.

Marchers hold hands during a prayer at the national Justice For All march against police violence Credit: REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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