Car hits Israeli soldiers, injuring 13; driver shot
JERUSALEM: A driver plowed a BMW into a group of soldiers at a busy intersection near Jerusalem's Old City late yesterday, injuring 13 of them before he was shot to death, Israeli police and the rescue service said. Jerusalem police commander Ilan Franco said a soldier in the group killed the driver, who was not immediately identified. Franco said he was a Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem who apparently acted alone. Israel TV said the car was registered to a resident of Jabel Mukaber, an Arab village inside the city limits. It was the third such incident in Jerusalem in recent months.
Inmate refuses to leave Guantanamo cell
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba: A military judge enlisted the help of self-described 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed yesterday to coax accused co-conspirator Ramzi Binalshibh out of his cell here for the trial into the attacks. Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann ordered Ramzi Binalshibh to be "extracted" from his cell, by force if necessary, this morning. Binalshibh's attendance is important because he and the others face possible execution if they are convicted by a tribunal, and his failure to attend would undermine the legitimacy of the process. Prosecutors say Binalshibh, a Yemeni, worked as a close aide to Mohammed and helped the hijackers enter the U.S. and find flight schools.
Ugandan rebels kidnap 90 children from Congo
KINSHASA, Congo: Rebels from neighboring Uganda kidnapped 90 children in eastern Congo, and weeks of fighting in the restive border region have forced 100,000 people to flee their homes, U.N. officials said yesterday. The children were taken from two village schools last week during a series of attacks in Orientale province, the United Nations Children's Fund said. Local officials identified the attackers as members of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebels, it said. The rebel group has bases in the nearby forest. Three civilians were killed in the attacks, UNICEF said. The attackers burned the village of Kiliwa, leaving only the health center standing, it said. Clashes continued to erupt between Congolese rebels and army troops farther south, in the province of North Kivu.
Trial opens in Atlanta courthouse killings
ATLANTA: Prosecutors played a haunting audiotape of a 2005 courthouse shooting that left four people dead as they launched their case against the alleged gunman yesterday, while his attorneys said he was so deluded he believed he was carrying out a rebellion. Brian Nichols could face the death penalty for the shootings of a judge, court reporter and sheriff's deputy at the Fulton County Courthouse and a federal agent later that day. Nichols, 36, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers say he couldn't tell right from wrong. Prosecutors say Nichols was being escorted to a courtroom where he was being tried for rape on March 11, 2005, when he beat a deputy guarding him, stole her gun and went on a shooting rampage.
Mukasey overrules decision to deny asylum
WASHINGTON: Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey has rebuked a midlevel federal court on behalf of a Mali woman who fears genital mutilation if sent home. Mukasey overruled the decision by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals to deny asylum to the unidentified woman, a rare move. The appeals panel had spurned the April request of the Mali woman, who opposes tribal customs in Mali that force genital mutilation on women, in part because her genitals already have been mutilated. Mukasey called the decision flawed and sent it back to the judges. The appeals board must now reconsider its earlier ruling.
New term in fatal dog mauling: 15 years to life
SAN FRANCISCO: An attorney whose dogs mauled her neighbor, lacrosse coach Dianne Whipple, to death in an attack that received national attention was sentenced yesterday to 15 years to life in prison for the 2001 death. Marjorie Knoller originally was sentenced to four years in prison on an involuntary manslaughter charge after a judge threw out the jury's second-degree murder conviction in 2002. Knoller served about half of her sentence and was paroled in 2004. But after the California Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the murder statute was interpreted too narrowly; a judge reinstated the murder conviction in August. Knoller's attorney said his client plans to file an appeal.