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Attorney Michael Rosenthal, who represents Mr. Siddiqui, said the indictment is based largely on statements made by his client to authorities and that Mr. Siddiqui plans to address the court as the trial opens in Koblenz state court. He would not give details.

The 37-year-old Mr. Siddiqui faces a possible 10 years in prison if convicted of membership in al Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.


Dozens of dissidents detained as Pope Benedict’s visit nears

HAVANA — Cuban authorities detained a prominent dissident and dozens of her colleagues early Sunday, then arrested more activists while they staged a weekly protest march through Havana.

Police took away Bertha Soler and three dozen supporters of the Ladies in White dissident group hours before they were to take part in a regular march down Quinta Avenida in the leafy Miramar neighborhood of Havana. About 20 other Ladies in White supporters did make it to the march, but state security agents moved in when the group tried to extend the protest into streets they don’t normally enter.

Sunday’s detentions came just over a week ahead of a March 26-28 visit by Pope Benedict XVI.


Voters head to polls to elect new president

BISSAU — Voters in Guinea-Bissau on Sunday chose among nine presidential candidates in the small, coup-prone nation, and citizens said they hoped the winner would finally bring stability and much-needed development after years of turmoil.

Besides numerous coups, this former Portuguese colony has been destabilized by a booming drug trade.

Cocaine is smuggled across the Atlantic Ocean from South America in boats and planes that dock on Guinea-Bissau’s archipelago of virgin islands.

The drugs are carried north to Europe by boat as well as by human drug “mules,” who ingest the cocaine before boarding commercial flights.

Sunday’s vote closely followed the death of President Malam Bacai Sanha, who won office in 2009 in an emergency election after the assassination of longtime President Joao Bernardo “Nino” Vieira.

From wire dispatches and staff reports