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TALIBAN ATTACK HOTEL, TAKE HOSTAGES

kabul, afghanistan

Three suicide bombers attacked a lakeside hotel, taking hostages and staging an hours-long gunbattle with security forces, police said today. The bombers, armed with machines guns, rocket-propelled grenades and vests laden with explosives, attacked the Spozhmai hotel at Qargha Lake about 11 p.m. Thursday night, Kabul police said. Eighteen people, including women and children, have been rescued from the hotel and two of the attackers are dead, officials said. At least one policeman was killed. There were civilian casualties but details were not available. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid says they attacked the hotel because foreigners there were drinking and participating in other activities banned by Islam.

jakarta, indonesia

Bali bomber gets 20 years in prison

A militant was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for his role in terrorist acts, including the twin nightclub bombings on the resort island of Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners, including seven Americans. Prosecutors had sought life in prison for Umar Patek, known as Little Umar. He's thought to be a leading member of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, a radical splinter group blamed for a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Indonesia. He is the last remaining defendant to be tried.

oslo, norway

Psychiatric care sought for killer

Norwegian prosecutors asked a trial court Thursday to order Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted killing 77 people, confined for compulsory psychiatric treatment instead of sentencing him to prison. Even though Breivik insists he is sane and that he carried out the July 22 massacre for political reasons, prosecutors said in closing arguments that doubts about his mental state mean he should be sent to a psychiatric institution. Breivik, 33, admits planting a bomb in central Oslo that killed eight and then shooting 69 people, mostly teens, at the governing Labor Party's summer youth camp.

Elsewhere

Mexico: Mexican marines on Thursday detained a son of Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, the world's most-wanted drug kingpin. The navy said "intelligence work" led marines to Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, 26, in the western state of Jalisco.

Brazil: Leaders from the developing world criticized their counterparts from richer nations in talks at the Rio'20 sustainable development conference Thursday, saying industrialized nations have a historical responsibility to clean up the globe. Delegates from developed nations said a changing economic order and the rise of nations such as China, Brazil and India means all nations must work together to protect the environment.

Times wires

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