Security officials on Thursday reported uncovering plots to kill President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and bomb foreign embassies, just as opposition leaders were calling for more protests urging the unpopular Philippines leader to resign. Brig. Gen. Romeo Prestoza, head of the Presidential Security Group, said the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group and its allies were behind the planned attacks. Few details were announced. That sparked opposition claims the government was using scare tactics in hopes of curtailing an anti-Arroyo demonstration today in Manila's financial district and a Sunday prayer rally involving the Roman Catholic Church and a democracy icon, former President Corazon Aquino.Arroyo, a staunch U.S. ally, has been plagued by long-running Islamic and communist insurgencies.
Activist jailed on subversion charge
An activist who helped organize a petition complaining that Chinese want "human rights, not the Olympics" will be tried for inciting subversion against the state, his lawyer said Thursday. Yang Chunlin, whose trial was set for Tuesday in the far northern city of Jiamusi, has been in police custody since July undergoing investigation for a long history of dissident political essays, corruption allegations against government officials and appeals for reforms in China's Communist Party system, said his lawyer, Li Fangping. Yang, 53, is among a half-dozen activists known to be accused and put on trial for subversion in what appears to be a tightening of controls over public expression in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics in August.
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Lawyers can quiz 9/11 mastermind
A U.S. military judge will allow lawyers for a Yemeni detainee to submit written questions to "high-value" detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including the confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. The ruling late Wednesday was a partial victory for Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden. Hamdan's lawyers have requested face-to-face interviews with alleged top terrorists in a bid to prove their client was not an al-Qaida member.
President warns and gets warned
President Pervez Musharraf warned Thursday that he would not tolerate protests after next week's elections, a remark that drew a sharp reminder from Washington that Pakistanis have the right to demonstrate peacefully. Opposition parties have threatened to launch street protests if they believe Monday's vote for Parliament has been rigged. Although Musharraf is not up for re-election, he needs a commanding majority in the legislature to block any move to impeach him.
Wrongly accused man wins ruling
The British government should reconsider its refusal to compensate an Algerian-born pilot wrongly jailed on a warrant from the United States, which wanted him extradited in connection with the 9/11 attacks, a court said Thursday. The Court of Appeal ruling sharply criticized the government's handling of the case of Lotfi Raissi, who was held for nearly five months until a British judge refused to order his extradition, saying there was no evidence to link him with terrorism.