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Keystone pipeline shut temporarily
TransCanada Corp. has temporarily shut down its existing 2,100-mile Keystone pipeline after tests showed possible safety issues, a federal agency said Thursday. Jeannie Layson, spokeswoman for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which oversees pipelines in the United States, said no leaks were detected on the line, which moves on average 500,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta, Canada, through several states to facilities in Illinois and Oklahoma. She said the possible problems were on the stretch of pipeline between Missouri and Illinois and repairs will be made.
Family of suspect in girl's attack held
Pakistani security forces have detained the family of a man accused of attacking Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who became an icon of resistance against Taliban oppression and who is being treated at a British hospital, neighbors of the man's family said Thursday. It's a common tactic employed by police to force a fugitive to surrender. Authorities in the Swat Valley, where the attack happened Oct. 9, said they were still searching for the man who shot the girl. The suspect has been identified as a member of the Pakistani Taliban named Attaullah, and authorities are seeking an accomplice as well. One official said Attaullah had been arrested on suspicion of militant activity in 2009 but was freed because of a lack of evidence.
Man convicted of aiding terror group
A Minneapolis man accused of helping send young men through a terrorist pipeline from Minnesota to Somalia was convicted Thursday on all five terrorism-related charges he faced, including one that could land him in prison for life. The jury returned its verdict against Mahamud Said Omar, 46, after deliberating for about eight hours over two days. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis has not set a sentencing date.
Turkey and Egypt seek an alliance
With war on Turkey's borders, and political and economic troubles in Egypt, the countries have turned to each other for support, looking to build an alliance. It could represent a significant geopolitical shift in the Middle East prompted by the Arab Spring, uniting two countries with regional ambitions each headed by parties with roots in political Islam. Egypt and Turkey are considering plans to lift visa restrictions and recently completed joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. Turkey has offered a host of measures to bolster Egypt's economy, including a $2 billion aid package. A wider-ranging partnership is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Vatican official for nuns transferred
A high-ranking Holy See official who tried to resolve tense relations between the Vatican and U.S. nuns was transferred Thursday to a Midwestern archdiocese of fewer than 230,000 parishioners. The newly appointed Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin said he didn't know if the move was related to his efforts to reconcile the heads of the Roman Catholic Church with nuns who some theological conservatives complained had become too secular and political.