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Investigators have pulled a fingerprint of Ibrahim al-Asiri off the bomb hidden in the underwear of a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, U.S. counterterrorism officials said.

Investigators also determined that the explosives used in that bomb are chemically identical to those hidden inside two printers that were shipped from Yemen last year, bound for Chicago and Philadelphia.


Court upholds Khodorkovsky conviction

MOSCOW — A Moscow appeals court upheld the second conviction of oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, but it also reduced his 14-year prison sentence by one year.

Tuesday’s decision means that the 47-year-old Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man, will remain in prison until 2016.

He was convicted in December of stealing tens of billions of dollars’ worth of oil from his own company and laundering the proceeds - a politically tainted ruling that drew strong international condemnation.

Khodorkovsky was seen as a political threat to Vladimir Putin, who was president in 2003 when Khodorkovsky was arrested and remains Russia’s most powerful leader now that he is prime minister.


Police arrest Mexicans linked to killings

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s interior minister said police arrested five Mexican drug cartel members suspected of links to the May 15 massacre of 27 people.

Carlos Menocal said the five Mexican men entered the country illegally.

The men are suspected of helping Hugo Alvaro Gomez Vasquez, who is the chief suspect in the massacre of farmworkers and their relatives at a ranch in the Peten region.

The men allegedly helped Mr. Gomez Vasquez kill a relative of the ranch’s owner, and they are being investigated for the massacre itself.

The men are allegedly members of the Zetas cartel. On Tuesday, officials found the hacked-up body of an assistant prosecutor along with a message allegedly signed by the Zetas.