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UK spy agency accuses U.S. of misleading allies

LONDON — United States intelligence agencies misled key allies, including Britain, about its mistreatment of suspected terrorists, the former head of the country's domestic spy agency, MI5, said Tuesday.

Eliza Manningham-Buller, who retired in 2007 and is now a member of the House of Lords, said the U.S. deliberately suppressed details of its harsh handling of some detainees, including accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

"The Americans were very keen that people like us did not discover what they were doing," Manningham-Buller told a meeting at Britain's Parliament.

Venezuela threatens to take sugar mills

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's government seized control of two sugar mills Tuesday and threatened to expropriate them, accusing managers of hoarding a basic good and violating the labor rights of employees.

Commerce Minister Richard Canan said inspectors found several tons of sugar in warehouses that "should be in distribution centers." He suggested the mills failed to ship the sugar on schedule — a violation of laws aimed at ensuring timely distribution of basic foods as a means of protecting consumers.

An executive at the company operating the mills rejected the accusations of hoarding and other charges, telling the Associated Press the sugar in the warehouses was processed only five days before the inspection. The executive spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the allegations.

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