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LONDON — A British computer hacker’s decade-long struggle to avoid trial in the U.S. over alleged breaches of military and NASA networks ended in success Tuesday, as the British government ruled he is unfit to face charges there.
Home Secretary Theresa May said she had blocked the U.S. request to extradite Gary McKinnon after medical experts concluded he is seriously depressed and that there is “a high risk of him ending his life.”
The 46-year-old unemployed computer administrator was accused of one of the largest-ever breaches of military networks, carried out soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.
British prosecutors now will decide if he should face charges in Britain.
Central bank head removed in probe
BAGHDAD — Iraq abruptly removed the longtime governor of the country’s central bank Tuesday after he and other bank officials were targeted in an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing.
The governor, Sinan al-Shabibi, is seen as a politically independent economist who has led the bank since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion. He has not been charged with any crime, and his lawyer insists he is innocent.
The allegations, drawn up by a special parliamentary committee established to investigate the bank, could give new ammunition to critics of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the Iraqi leader is trying to consolidate control over the country’s institutions.
At least 24 dead from violence in northeast
MAIDUGURI — Officials said Tuesday at least 24 people were killed in a northeast Nigerian city following a night in which explosions and gunfire echoed throughout the area after an apparent attack by a radical Islamist sect.
A worker at Borno State Specialist Hospital told The Associated Press that soldiers dropped off 24 bodies there following the attack Monday.
The worker said the military identified the dead as Boko Haram members and that many of the corpses were dressed in the long robes favored by the sect.