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Warning brings sweep for bombs

JAKARTA -- Bomb squads checked churches yesterday and hotel security guards in Santa Claus suits searched cars after police warned that Al Qaeda-linked militants might be plotting Christmas terror attacks in this predominantly Muslim nation. Christmas Eve services and other festivities proceeded without incident, government officials and religious leaders said. Attacks attributed to Islamic radicalism have recently increased. (AP)


Suspected Al Qaeda recruiters are jailed

MADRID -- A Spanish judge has jailed six people on suspicion of recruiting Islamic radicals to send as suicide bombers or insurgents to Iraq, Chechnya, and Kashmir, a court official said yesterday. The six were among 16 people arrested recently in raids around Spain. Another two people surrendered after learning police were looking for them. The suspects are accused of recruiting members for Al Qaeda. (Reuters)


Ex-Rwandan official found dead in canal

BRUSSELS -- The body of a former Rwandan government minister indicted on charges of involvement in the 1994 genocide was found floating in a Brussels canal, officials said Friday. Former trade minister Juvenal Uwilingiyimana had been cooperating with the UN International Criminal Tribunal, which was trying him. He faced genocide charges when he disappeared from his home Nov. 21. The cause of death was not disclosed. (AP)


Daughter's wedding prompts 4 killings

MULTAN -- A father angry that his eldest daughter married for love slit her throat as she slept, and he then killed three other daughters, police said yesterday. Nazir Ahmad, a laborer in his 40s living in a remote village in eastern Pakistan, feared the younger girls, aged 4 to 12, would follow in their 25-year-old sister's footsteps, police said. Hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan every year for dating or marrying without consent. (AP)


Killer of Tennyson descendant sought

LONDON -- British police were hunting yesterday for the killer of the great-grandson of British poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, who was stabbed to death at his London apartment. Hallam Tennyson, 85, a retired BBC executive, was found dead Wednesday, police said. An autopsy cited the cause of death as stab wounds to the neck. Police would not discuss a motive. (AP)

Archbishop praises victims' families

LONDON -- The Archbishop of Canterbury was to use his annual Christmas sermon today to praise two families who showed forgiveness to criminals who attacked their loved ones. Rowan Williams's prepared sermon cites the examples of Gee Walker, whose son was killed in July, and the parents of Abigail Witchalls, a pregnant mother left paralyzed from a knife attack in April. (AP)

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