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UPDATE 1-Extradited al Qaeda suspect pleads not guilty in US court

* Suspect linked to foiled plots in U.S., Britain * Faces up to life in prison if convicted * European court denied bid to block U.S. extradition By Jessica Dye NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A Pakistani man accused of taking part in an international al Qaeda plot to attack targets in the United States and Europe pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges during his first U.S. court appearance Monday in New York. Abid Naseer, 26, was extradited on Thursday from Britain to Brooklyn, New York.

Depardieu skips French court to prep for Strauss-Kahn role

* Garrulous actor already in spotlight over tax row * Drink driving case will now go to full trial * Could face up to two years in prison By Alexandria Sage PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - French film star Gerard Depardieu failed to show up in court to face drink driving charges on Tuesday because he was preparing to play disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film, his lawyer said.

UPDATE 3-Syrians brush off Assad speech as fighting rages

* Fighting reported near Damascus airport road * Assad's "peace plan" rejected at home and abroad * U.S. troops arrive in Turkey ahead of Patriots By Oliver Holmes and Erika Solomon BEIRUT, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Fighting raged across Syria on Monday with clashes reported just a few miles from where President Bashar al-Assad had unveiled a "peace plan" that Syrians on both sides said would do nothing to end the country's 21-month-old uprising.
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