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Judge refusses bail for three in airport inquiry

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published June 12, 2007


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TRINIDAD

A judge denied bail Monday for three suspects accused of plotting to bomb New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, ordering them to remain in jail in Port-of-Spain until a hearing on a U.S. request for their extradition. The three men - Kareem Ibrahim, Abdul Kadir and Abdel Nur - were arrested this month and accused of participating in a Muslim terror cell planning to bomb the airport. The alleged mastermind, U.S. citizen Russell Defreitas, is in custody in New York. U.S. authorities say the alleged plotters unsuccessfully sought support in Trinidad from Jamaat al Muslimeen, a radical Islamic group that staged a deadly coup attempt in 1990.

CUBA

New female bishop embraces mission

New Episcopal Bishop Nerva Cot Aguilera, the church's first female bishop in Cuba and the developing world, said Monday she welcomed the opportunity to show what women can do if given the chance. "I feel very honored by my designation, " Cot told the Associated Press in a phone interview, a day after being consecrated at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Havana. "It's a historic act that demonstrates women's possibilities."

Elsewhere

Lebanon: A mortar shell fired from inside a besieged Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli struck a Red Cross vehicle on Monday, killing two aid workers and critically injuring a third, the state-run news agency and security officials said. On Saturday, the Lebanese army launched a fresh offensive against the Fatah Islam militants.

Pakistan: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry got a boost Monday when the Supreme Court allowed him to contest his suspension by President Pervez Musharraf in a case that has fueled widespread protests against the government.

Israel: The government successfully launched an advanced spy satellite into orbit Monday, giving it a sophisticated new tool in its efforts to collect intelligence on archenemy Iran and other regional adversaries.

[Last modified June 12, 2007, 00:05:03]


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