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US Sanctions Southeast Asian Terror Leaders

U.S. officials are taking more steps to cut off funding for a Southeast Asian-based terror group with links to al-Qaida.

The U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday announced sanctions against three leaders of Jemaah Islamiya , prohibiting anyone in the United States from having financial dealings with them and freezing any U.S.-based assets.

One of the designated terror leaders is Umar Patek, a senior JI member suspected of playing a key role in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people, mostly Westerners.

Pakistani Police: Still No Leads in Kidnapping of American

Police in Pakistan say they still have no leads in the case of an American kidnapped from his home in the eastern city of Lahore.

Development expert Warren Weinstein was snatched by gunmen early Saturday after they overpowered guards and broke into his house.

Police officials said Tuesday that Weinstein's three security guards and driver were still being interrogated. So far, the kidnappers have not contacted authorities or made any ransom demands.

The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan says the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting Pakistani authorities to help locate Weinstein.

Bombings in Southern Philippines Draw Attention to Peace Talks

Negotiators from the Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group say a series of bomb-attacks in the restive south should not be a stumbling block for ongoing peace talks.

Nigerian Police Kill Would-Be Car Bomber

Police in northern Nigeria say they have shot and killed a man attempting to drive a car bomb into a local police headquarters.

Borno State Police Commissioner Simeon Midenda says the guards killed the man Monday as he tried to force his way into police headquarters in the city of Maiduguri while a recruitment drive was underway.

He says the vehicle the man was driving was loaded with several cylinders of gunpowder and gasoline.

Indian Navy Intercepts Hijacked Ship off Western Coast

The Indian navy says it has intercepted a hijacked cargo ship off the coast of Mumbai.

The navy said the Iranian-flagged vessel was spotted last week and kept under continuous surveillance until Sunday, when helicopter-borne marine commandos stopped the ship and took nine people into custody.

Indian officials said Monday the navy had received intelligence that the vessel may have been hijacked and was suspected to be smuggling contraband.

UK Mayhem Leaves Disarmed Citizens at the Mercy of Criminals

By now you have seen the headlines and images of destruction: the rioting, looting, violent assaults, and arson. London and other UK cities look like war zones and their citizens are afraid to venture out, because the danger is very real. It’s a view of the temporary breakdown of society. It is gut check time; a time when the concept of being able to defend oneself gives way to the stark reality that few viable options to do so exist.

Pakistani Soldier Gets Death Sentence in Shooting

A Pakistani court has sentenced to death a paramilitary soldier for the June killing of an unarmed man — an act that was caught on camera and sparked a huge public outcry after it was broadcast on television.

The anti-terrorism court on Friday also fined the soldier, Shahid Zafar, about $2,300 for shooting 19-year-old Sarfaraz Shah. It handed down life sentences to five other soldiers and a civilian security guard who were involved in the shooting death. Those men were ordered to pay Shah's family about $1,200 each.

Lawyers for the defendants say they plan to appeal.

Egyptian Sufis Reject Rise of Islamists

Some of Egypt's minority Sufi Muslims are warning against the growing influence of Islamic fundamentalism in national politics. Adherents of the mystical form of Islam are holding a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday to make the case for a tolerant, civilian Egyptian state.

The gathering has adopted the slogan "For the Love of Egypt," arguing for a new government that embraces the political and religious spectrum rather than the fundamentalist vision of an Islamic state.

Fundamentalist Muslim rally causes apprehension

Observers Struggle to Explain al-Shabab Withdrawal from Mogadishu

A few days ago, the Somali insurgent group al-Shabab announced a surprise withdrawal from the capital, Mogadishu. The group said its decision was a “tactical move” that would allow it to redeploy fighters to other parts of the country. But the transitional federal government, whose power is mostly confined to the capital, says the retreat is a defeat for the al-qaeda linked group.

The sudden withdrawal from Mogadishu has many observers speculating about the change in strategy.