Parliament revolt freezes bill on Iraqi elections
BAGHDAD - Dozens of Iraqi legislators walked out of parliament Thursday to protest parts of a draft law that would lay out rules for provincial elections later this year, marking another potential setback for U.S.-backed proposals to ease Iraq's sectarian rifts.
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, meanwhile, warned his fighters to stick with his cease-fire order after U.S. and Iraqi raids in Baghdad's Sadr City, the main Shiite district and bastion of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia. The sweeps detained 15 suspected militants and left one person dead.
Suspect says he participated in bombing plot
DUESSELDORF, Germany - One of the main suspects in a plot to bomb a pair of German commuter trains in 2006 confessed his role in the plan Thursday but told the court another suspect was the ringleader.
Youssef Mohammed el-Hajdib, a 22-year-old Lebanese citizen, testified that he took part in the attempted bombing in July 2006. But he said Jihad Hamad - who was sentenced in Lebanon in December to 12 years in prison - oversaw the failed plot.
2 more suspects arrested in Bhutto assassination
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Police arrested two more suspects Thursday in the suicide attack that killed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, and thousands of her followers gathered at her tomb to mark the end of mourning for her and launch her party's campaign for this month's parliamentary election.
Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said the two suspects were picked up in Rawalpindi, where Bhutto died in a gun and bomb attack Dec. 27. He declined to say whether the two men were key figures in the assassination, which threatened to plunge the nation into political chaos.
UK says it will extradite al-Masri
LONDON - Britain's Home Office on Thursday approved the extradition of an Islamic preacher who is accused of trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon, a spokesman said.
Abu Hamza al-Masri once led London's Finsbury Park Mosque, which was attended by both Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid. One top British counterterrorism official described the mosque as a 'honeypot for extremists.'