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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Northwest Airlines
A federal judge ordered life in prison Thursday for a Nigerian Muslim who turned away from a privileged life and tried to blow up a packed international flight with a bomb concealed in his underwear.
Ten years ago last month, the now-infamous "shoe bomber," Richard Reid, boarded an American Airlines flight bound for Miami from Paris, intending to kill himself and all of the other passengers by detonating an explosive device he had concealed in his shoes. What was unknown at the time is that Reid was not supposed to act alone. Saajid Badat - like Reid a British citizen - was supposed to ignite his own pair of explosive shoes on a different trans-Atlantic flight, but he dropped out in the plot's final stages.
The young Nigerian on a terrorist mission for al Qaeda prayed, washed and put on perfume moments before trying to detonate a bomb in his underwear to bring down an international jetliner on Christmas 2009, a prosecutor told jurors as the man's trial opened Tuesday.
The federal judge refused Tuesday to prevent prosecutors from using the word "bomb" as the trial of a Nigerian man charged with trying to destroy a Detroit-bound airliner on behalf of al Qaeda got under way.
A juror from Nigeria was dismissed Thursday shortly after being selected for the trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down an international flight with a bomb in his underwear.
A Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down an international jetliner with a bomb in his underwear walked into the start of his federal trial Tuesday and declared that a radical Islamic cleric killed by the U.S. military is alive.
A Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down a jetliner with a bomb in his underwear made a defiant political outburst Tuesday, demonstrating again why his courtroom behavior will be watched closely throughout the trial.
A Saudi militant believed killed in the U.S. drone strike in Yemen constructed the bombs for the al Qaeda branch's most notorious attempted attacks — including the underwear-borne explosives intended to a down a U.S. aircraft, and a bomb carried by his own brother intended to assassinate a Saudi prince.
Carol Bartz, the departing CEO of Yahoo Inc., shook up the board during her two-and-a-half year tenure, bringing in four new directors to replace five that left. After her departure, the board has nine members.
Delta Air Lines on Thursday confirmed its plan to buy 100 Boeing 737 jets as part of a fleet upgrade, with delivery set for 2013 to 2018.
The director of the nation's top counterterrorism agency is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure that spanned the reorganization of the National Counterterrorism Center in the wake of the failed 2009 Christmas Day attempted airline bombing to the successful raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.
The Pentagon is being urged to move its counterterrorism operations from Yemen across the Gulf of Aden to Djibouti should the government in Sanaa fall.
Twelve Somali men have been detained in the port city of Rotterdam on suspicion of terrorist-related activities, the Dutch public prosecutor said Saturday.
A large-scale terror attack was aimed at U.K. landmarks and public spaces, security officials said Tuesday as more details emerged and police searched the homes of 12 British suspects being held for questioning.
The repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy owes much to Sens. Susan Collins and Joseph I. Lieberman, who kept the issue alive when it appeared dead in the kind of partnership that is likely to become a model for getting things done in next year's divided Congress.