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Iraq arms inspector may be replaced

Charles Duelfer, the former No. 2 U.N. weapons inspector for Iraq, is likely to be named soon to succeed David Kay as the leader of the U.S. team searching there for evidence of illicit weapons, the New York Times reports, quoting unnamed senior American officials.

No final decision has been made, the officials said, but they said Kay had made it clear that he would not stay in the post. Duelfer's likely nomination was first reported Wednesday by NBC News.

U.S., Saudis cooperate, saying charity backs terror

WASHINGTON _ The U.S. and Saudi governments Thursday announced a joint effort to crack down on four branches of a huge Saudi-based charity, charging that its offices in Africa and Asia are being used to funnel money, arms and personnel to al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations.

U.S. officials said the action against the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation illustrates the increasing cooperation between Washington and Riyadh against al-Qaida.