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PhiladelphiaWoman faces terrorism charges

A suburban woman "desperate to do something" to help suffering Muslims has been accused of using the Internet to recruit jihadist fighters and help terrorists overseas, even agreeing to move to Europe to try to kill a Swedish cartoonist, prosecutors said Tuesday.

A federal indictment charges that Colleen R. LaRose, who called herself JihadJane and Fatima LaRose online, agreed to kill the Swede on orders from the unnamed terrorists and traveled to Europe to carry out the killing. It doesn't say whether the Swede was killed.

LaRose, who has blond hair and blue eyes, indicated in online chats that she thought her looks would help her move freely in Sweden to carry out the attack, the indictment said.

Washington

Jobless benefits bill clears Senate hurdle

Legislation to give additional months of unemployment benefits to people who have been out of a job for more than half a year cleared a key hurdle Tuesday that guarantees it will soon pass the Senate. The sweeping bill also would prevent doctors from absorbing a crippling cut in Medicare payments and extends health insurance subsidies for the unemployed through December.

Myanmar

Democracy leader Suu Kyi barred from vote

A new election law issued by Myanmar's ruling military has barred pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from joining a political party and thus running in upcoming elections, state-run newspapers said today. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who has spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention, was convicted in August of violating the terms of her house arrest by briefly sheltering an uninvited American.

India

Bill reserves seats for women in Parliament

Indian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a historic bill that would set aside one-third of all legislative seats for women, a move aimed at overturning six decades of male-dominated decision-making in this country.

The bill would guarantee seats for women in the national legislature and all state assemblies in the world's largest democracy.

The bill must still be passed by the lower house of Parliament.

Indonesia

Suspect in '02 attacks shot dead by police

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said today that a top-ranked Southeast Asian militant wanted for planning the 2002 Bali bombings was shot dead by police in a raid on Java on Tuesday. Suspected Jemaah Islamiyah leader Dulmatin was wanted in the bombings that tore through two Bali nightclubs popular with Westerners, killing 202 people.

Times wires

PhiladelphiaWoman faces terrorism charges 03/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 11:00pm]
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