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Trial witness ties Pakistani intelligence to deadly attack in India

CHICAGO

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The government's leading witness in a high-profile terrorism trial told jurors in Chicago on Monday that the group behind the 2008 attack on Mumbai, India, that left 163 people dead had ties to Pakistan's intelligence service.

In testimony that prosecutors said offered a "rare look" inside a major terrorist plot, David Headley said he had trained with the Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba from 2002 to 2005 in preparation for scouting locations to attack in India. In 2006, Headley said, he met a member of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency who offered to provide financial support for that surveillance.

Headley is the key witness in the federal terrorism trial of Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana, who is accused of providing support for the Mumbai attacks. Headley already has pleaded guilty to laying the groundwork for the attacks, and he agreed to testify against Rana to avoid the death penalty.

NEW YORK

DNA link found in alleged sex assault

Evidence from the work clothes of a hotel housekeeper matched DNA samples taken from former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been charged with sexually assaulting her, the New York Times reported Monday, citing an unnamed person briefed on the matter.

The reported test results were consistent with what law enforcement officials have said about the account provided by the woman. They are also consistent with what Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have suggested would be his defense — that a sexual encounter had indeed occurred when she came to clean his room on May 14, but was consensual.

NEW YORK

FDA clears second drug for hepatitis C

The Food and Drug Administration approved Vertex Pharmaceuticals' hepatitis C drug Incivek on Monday, making it the second new treatment to be approved in the last two weeks. Merck's Victrelis was approved earlier.

Sudan

U.N. says town burned and looted

Armed men burned and looted the flash-point Sudanese town of Abyei on Monday after days of violence involving northern and southern troops in the disputed region, the U.N. mission in Sudan said.

Southern Sudan voted in January to secede from the north, and the region becomes an independent country July 9. But violence in the disputed town that sits between the north and the south is threatening Sudan's peace.

Elsewhere

NORFOLK, Va.: Two Somali men pleaded guilty on Monday to piracy in the hijacking of a yacht that left all four Americans on board dead in February. Three other Somalis also have pleaded guilty to piracy in plea deals. Fifteen people have been charged.

Iraq: Two bomb blasts targeting security forces in different parts of Iraq on Monday killed two people and wounded 20. One attack was in the northern city of Kirkuk and the other in Baghdad, officials said.

Times wires

Trial witness ties Pakistani intelligence to deadly attack in India 05/23/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2011 11:50pm]

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