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Nearly half of Americans in a global survey said they believed an enemy fighter could be tortured to extract information, according to results released Monday. That finding puts respondents in the United States in contrast with citizens of many countries and at odds with international law, which prohibits torture under any circumstances.

The results were part of a poll carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which surveyed 17,000 people in 16 countries, including many nations in conflict or recovering from conflict, to gauge public opinion about the laws of war.

The findings on torture were among the starkest. Among Americans, 46 percent said torture could be used to obtain information from an enemy combatant, while 30 percent disagreed and the rest said they did not know. On a more general question, one in three said torture was “part of war,” just over half called it “wrong,” and the rest said they did not know or preferred not to answer.

Torture is a war crime, according to international law. The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said recently that she had reasonable grounds to open an investigation into allegations of torture by American forces in Afghanistan.

Read more:  New York Times

Thousands of people were stranded Monday after Delta Air Lines flights were grounded due to a system outage.  The airline tweeted that its systems were “down everywhere.”

“Due to a computer outage, flights awaiting departure are currently delayed," it said, adding that flights en route were operating normally.  It advised travelers to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.

Delta said it serves nearly 180 million customers annually, employs more than 80,000 people around the world and operates more than 800 aircraft.

Source:  USA Today

North Korea fired two mid-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, South Korea’s military and U.S. authorities said.  U.S. Strategic Command said it detected what it thought was the simultaneous launch of the missiles, CNN reported.

One of the Rodong missiles is thought to have landed in Japanese waters after flying about 620 miles while the other exploded shortly after launch, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.  South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles were launched toward waters off North Korea's east coast at 7.50 a.m. local time.

Seoul said it was the first time that a North Korean missile fell in Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), about 155 miles west of northeastern Japan's Akita Prefecture, indicating the secretive state is testing the range of its Rodong missiles, Yonhap reported.

Wednesday’s launch came after the North fired three missiles on July 19 after Seoul and the United States agreed to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system in South Korea by the end of 2017.

Source:  USA Today

A U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.  The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, according a Navy profile article written about him in 2008.

A redacted Navy charge sheet said the suspect was assigned to the headquarters for the Navy's Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, which oversees intelligence collection activities.  The charge sheet redacted out the name of the suspect and the Navy declined to provide details on his identity.

It accused him twice of communicating secret information and three times of attempting to do so to a representative of a foreign government "with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation."

Read more:  Reuters

An Australian prisoner who supports the so-called Islamic State has allegedly used a knife to carve a slogan on to his cellmate's head.  Reports said the Islamic State mantra "e4e", standing for "an eye for an eye", was carved into the man's head.

An inquiry will examine how the high-risk attacker, 18, came to be housed with his 40-year-old cellmate.  New South Wales Corrections Minister David Elliot said placing the pair in the same cell was "a stuff-up".

The attack took place at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre in Kempsey, 4.5 hours north of Sydney.  The injured man was a minimum-security prisoner and the teenager, named by multiple sources as Bourhan Hraichie, was a maximum-security prisoner.

Read more:  BBC News