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Judge Oddmund Svarteberg said the court found that Davud “planned the attack together with al Qaeda.”

A third defendant, David Jakobsen, was cleared of terrorism charges, but convicted of helping the others acquire explosives. Jakobsen, who assisted police in the investigation, was sentenced to four months.


Iran offers to extend U.N. nuclear inspection

TEHRAN — Iran’s top diplomat offered Monday to extend the current visit of U.N. nuclear inspectors and expressed optimism their findings would help ease tensions despite international claims that Iran is trying to build atomic weapons.

The comments by Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, reported by Iran’s official news agency, underscored efforts to display cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team and downplay the expectations of a confrontational atmosphere during the three-day visit that began Sunday.

The IAEA mission is the first to Iran since a report in November that suggested some of the Islamic Republic’s reputed experiments - cited in intelligence documents - can have no other purpose than developing nuclear weapons.

The current inspection team includes two senior weapons experts, hinting that Iran may be prepared to discuss specific points on the claims it seeks to develop warheads after three years of rebuffing U.N. calls for answers.


Judge: Try Duvalier on corruption charges

PORT-AU-PRINCE — A Haitian judge said Monday that former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier should face trial for corruption, but not the more serious charges of human rights violations committed during his rule.

Investigative Magistrate Carves Jean said the statute of limitations had run out on the human rights charges, but not on the accusations of misappropriation of public funds.

He did not explain his reasoning, but the once-feared ruler known as “Baby Doc” is widely thought to have used money from the Haitian treasury to finance his life in exile.

Magistrate Jean did not release the verdict, based on a yearlong investigation, saying it must first be reviewed by the attorney general as well as by Mr. Duvalier and the victims of his regime who filed complaints against him.


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