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Judge suspends 9/11 pre-trial US hearing

A US military judge at Guantanamo Bay temporarily suspended Tuesday the pre-trial hearing for the five alleged September 11 plotters after the defense said the FBI had investigated them. Halting the hearings until at least Thursday, Judge James Pohl said he wanted to know to what extent the allegations were true. On Monday, defense attorney Jim Harrington alleged that a "member of my team, visited by two members of the FBI, had to sign and answer" questions by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Baluch protesters walk across Pakistan to spotlight army abuse

By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Relatives of rebels, activists and ordinary people who have gone missing in a lawless Pakistani province appealed to the United Nations for help on Thursday after walking across Pakistan for months to draw attention to their plight. Bodies of hundreds of pro-independence rebels have been found across the Baluchistan province and many more have gone missing in the past several years, in a little-reported conflict in a remote corner on Pakistan's Iranian border.

Eight killed in attack on Pakistani pro-government militia leaders

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A sleeping family of eight were killed in an attack on the home of two pro-government militia leaders in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan region on Sunday, officials said. The victims included women and children and the two brothers, who helped to lead a local pro-government militia in Dera Bugti district, about 250 km (150 miles) southwest of the provincial capital, Quetta, police said.

9/11 mastermind says Koran 'forbids' violence to spread Islam

The self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has released a manifesto claiming that the Koran forbids the use of violence to spread Islam. The document, published Tuesday by The Huffington Post and Britain's Channel 4 News, marks Mohammed's first public communication since 2009, when the US government officially accused him of terrorism.

Pakistan families on march for missing relatives

Relatives of people who have gone missing from Pakistan's troubled southwest Baluchistan province set off on a gruelling 1200-kilometre march from the port city of Karachi to Islamabad on Saturday, hoping to recover their loved ones. The more than two dozen men, women and children had camped in the commercial hub for nearly three weeks after walking 700 kilometres from Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan where a violent insurgency against the Pakistani state has raged since 2004.

Gunmen storm home of Pakistan tribal elder, kill 7

A pro-government tribal elder and six members of his family were killed when unknown gunmen stormed their home in southwest Pakistan early Tuesday, officials said. The pre-dawn attack occurred in Dera Bugti district, some 450 kilometres southeast of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, a hub for separatist rebels, Islamist insurgents and sectarian militants. "Dodha Khan, his wife, son, daughter-in-law and three grandsons have been killed in the attack," Abdul Jabbar, a senior government official in Dera Bugti told AFP.

Chief prosecutor sets January 2015 start for 9/11 trial

The chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay proposed Friday a January 2015 start date to begin the trial of the five alleged 9/11 plotters, in yet another delay. Seeking to "bring closure" to the families of the victims, Brigadier General Mark Martins said jury selection would begin after the court has examined final motions from the defense and prosecution to set procedures for the trial.

Chief prosecutor seeks January 2015 start for 9/11 trial

The chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay proposed Friday a January 2015 start date to begin the trial of the five alleged 9/11 plotters, in yet another delay. Seeking to "bring closure" to the families of the victims, Brigadier General Mark Martins said jury selection would begin after the court has examined final motions from the defense and prosecution to set procedures for the trial.

Torture invoked in Guantanamo 9/11 hearing

Lawyers for the five men accused of the September 11, 2001 attacks invoked the UN Convention against Torture on Tuesday as a way to bring up their clients' alleged mistreatment in secret prisons. However, the harshest treatment, the use of simulating drowning and sleep deprivation, will be dealt with only in closed door sessions on orders of Judge James Pohl, because they involve classified information. "That convention (against torture) gives certain rights" to the accused, Ruiz explained.

Guantanamo hearing ends without ruling on 'Starbucks solution'

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - The judge in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal recessed a weeklong hearing in the September 11 conspiracy case on Friday evening without ruling on a defense request to halt future hearings until Pentagon computer problems are fixed.
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