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A civilian jury this month acquitted Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani on all but one of 285 charges he faced in a federal court in New York in connection with the bombings, which killed hundreds of people.

Despite criticism from Republicans in Congress, Mr. Holder has said he still wants to prosecute some terrorism suspects held at the prison, including the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, in federal courts. Others would be tried in military courts.


GOP Hill leaders, governors to meet

Top Republicans in Congress are meeting with more than a dozen GOP governors this week to discuss spending cuts, job creation and repealing President Obama’s health care law.

House Speaker-to-be John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, announced the Wednesday meeting as the Democrat-controlled Congress reconvened to vote on last-minute legislation. Republicans are strategizing how to roll back the president’s signature domestic law when the next Congress convenes in January.

Many of the midterm election voters who gave Republicans control of the House and more Senate seats are opposed to the health care overhaul in the struggling economy.

Mr. Boehner’s office said Monday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, also is expected to attend the meeting.


U.S., South Korea ready to talk trade

Top U.S. and South Korean trade officials will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Columbia, Md., to try again to resolve differences blocking approval of a free-trade agreement, U.S. officials said.

It will be the first meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and South Korean Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon since the two sides failed at the recent Group of 20 summit in Seoul to meet a self-imposed deadline for reaching a deal on outstanding beef and auto trade concerns.

The effort was renewed one week after a North Korean military strike on a South Korean island raised tensions in the region to the highest level in at least two decades. U.S. and South Korean warships held military exercises Monday, prompting concern from China and threats of war from North Korea.

Even so, U.S. trade officials said there would be a trade deal only if South Korea agrees to better terms for American automakers than the United States got when the pact was originally negotiated and signed in 2007.