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Guantanamo detainee stays out of hearing

Osama bin Laden's alleged accountant boycotted a review hearing to evaluate his legal status, and his attorney was barred from attending the proceedings at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, 44, is one of four prisoners charged with war crimes at the U.S. naval base on Cuba's eastern tip. The United States says al Qosi of Sudan worked as al-Qaida's chief accountant, paymaster and supply chief.

It was unclear whether al Qosi's boycott was connected to the barring of his attorney.

Indian, Pakistani leaders meet, vow to cooperate

After their first meeting, the leaders of India and Pakistan said they had opened a new chapter in their countries' troubled relations, and resolved to work toward a peaceful end to the 56-year conflict over Kashmir.

In a signal that economic cooperation ultimately might triumph over military conflict, they also agreed to study a plan for a gas pipeline between the two countries.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met for an hour in a New York hotel on the sidelines of the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly.

Fighting reported in northern, southern Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria _ A gunbattle between security forces and Islamic militants fighting to create a Taliban-style state in northern Nigeria left 29 people dead, most of them militants, police said Friday.

In the southern oil region, meanwhile, clashes between troops and tribal militia fighters forced oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell to evacuate two facilities, the company said. Shell said there was no disruption to its production and exports.

Security forces have been battling militants in the north this week.

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