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Former Taliban Fighter Gets Life Sentence in Britain

A former Taliban fighter has been sentenced to life in prison in Britain for trying to recruit Muslims to wage jihad, or holy war, in Afghanistan.

A British judge handed Munir Farooqi four life sentences Friday and said he must serve a minimum of nine years before he can be considered for parole.

The judge told the Pakistani-born Farooqi that he is a “very dangerous man, an extremist and a fundamentalist with a determination to fight abroad.”

13 Sudanese Police Killed in Darfur Hostage Rescue Attempt

Sudanese officials say 13 police officers were killed and at least 30 wounded during a hostage rescue attempt in the volatile Darfur region Thursday.

Police say the officers were attempting to free three soldiers in Jebel Mara when they confronted an armed gang.

Sudanese newspaper al-Ahdath says one of the hostages is the Italian aid worker kidnapped last month. But a Darfur official told report Reuters news agency that man was not involved in this incident.

US Accuses Venezuelan Officials of Aiding FARC

The United States has accused four top Venezuelan officials of supporting the drug trafficking operations of Colombia's main rebel group.

The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday the four allies of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez supplied arms, training and security for Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), but provided no details.

German Police Arrest 2 Terror Suspects, Search Islamic Center

German police say they have arrested two men on suspicion of buying bomb making materials and planning a major act of violence in the country.

Police say they detained a 24-year-old German of Lebanese descent and a 28-year-old Palestinian from the Gaza Strip in the capital, Berlin, on Thursday. Police say the men tried to purchase a large amount of chemicals that could be used to make an explosive device.

Pakistani Police Detain Dozens After Suicide Bombings

Police say they have detained some 170 suspects in connection with Wednesday's suicide bombings that killed 28 people in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta.

Senior police official Hamid Shakil told VOA on Thursday that many of those being questioned are Afghan refugees.

Two suicide bombers attacked the home of Farrukh Shehzad, the deputy head of Baluchistan province's paramilitary Frontier Corps, on Wednesday. Police say one of the assailants was carrying an identity card indicating he was from Afghanistan's Kunduz province.

India Tracks Terror Suspects

Indian authorities are closely examining an email that may be a claim of responsibility for this week's deadly explosion in New Delhi.

Police have released two sketches of possible suspects and are looking for a car that may have been connected to a bomb attack Wednesday.

The explosion outside a high court killed at least 12 people and injured dozens more.

Reward offered

India's National Investigative Agency has offered more than $10,000 in reward money for information from the public leading to the terrorists who planted the bomb, believed to have been in a suitcase.

Somali Pirates Free Danish Family, Crew

Somali pirates have released a Danish family of five and two Danish crew members who were seized while sailing around the world more than six months ago.

In a statement Wednesday, the Danish foreign ministry said the freed hostages were safe and doing well under the circumstances.

Danish authorities did not indicate if a ransom was paid. But a witness in Somalia's Puntland region told VOA a small plane made a ransom drop in the Bari area just before the family was released on Tuesday.

According to the witness, pirates said the ransom totaled about $3 million.

Officials: 'Terrorist' Attack Hits New Delhi

Indian authorities say a terrorist attack outside the Indian high court in New Delhi killed at least 11 people and injured 66 others.

Police believe the explosive was placed inside a briefcase near a main gate to the high court in New Delhi. The blast is being described as a "medium-intensity bomb."

Injured were rapidly transported to area hospitals and police cordoned off the area to begin an investigation.

Speaking from Bangladesh, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was quick to label the explosion an act of terror.

Twin Suicide Bomb Blasts Kill 22 in SW Pakistan

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a pair a suicide bomb attacks targeting the house of a top Pakistani security officer Wednesday, that killed at least 22 people including the officer's wife.

Police said the first attacker detonated his vehicle outside the residence of the deputy head of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps in the southwestern city of Quetta. After that blast, a second bomber on foot stormed the officer's house and detonated his explosives.

The house was badly damaged in the attack, and the blasts wounded more than 60 people.