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Radical cleric arrested in Jordan after deportation from Britain

Jordan

Radical cleric jailed after ouster from UK

A radical Muslim preacher rejected terrorism charges Sunday linked to alleged plots targeting Americans and Israelis in Jordan, his lawyer said, hours after Britain deported him after a decadelong fight over his extradition. Jordan first submitted an extradition request to British authorities for the militant cleric known as Abu Qatada in 2001, but it was blocked in British and European courts over human rights concerns. Last month, Britain and Jordan ratified a treaty on torture aimed at easing those worries, paving the way for the 53-year-old preacher's deportation. After the cleric was arrested in Jordan, lawyer Tayseer Thiab said he rejected the charges.

Boston

Kerry's wife listed in critical condition

Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, became ill with a serious medical condition during a vacation on Nantucket on Sunday and was flown to a hospital in Boston for emergency treatment, the State Department said. Heinz Kerry, 74, grew sick while staying at the family's vacation home on the Massachusetts island and was in critical condition. She appeared to have a seizure of some kind, according to one person informed about the situation. An ambulance was summoned to the house around 3:30 p.m. and left shortly afterward for Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Elsewhere

Afghanistan: Afghan officials said Sunday that they had arrested and were questioning Zakaria Kandahari, whom they have described as an Afghan-American interpreter responsible for torturing and killing civilians while working for U.S. Special Forces.

Israel: The Cabinet on Sunday approved changes to the country's draft law to increase conscription of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, putting an end to a decades-long exemption, but not the political debate on the issue.

New York: Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York five years ago amid a prostitution scandal, is re-entering political life, with a run for the New York City office of comptroller, he told the New York Times.

Times wires

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