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Canada Seizes Laptop In Probe of Al Qaeda

TORONTO -- Canadian police have seized a laptop computer from the daughter of a suspected terrorism financier because they believe it holds vital information about al Qaeda operations, the Toronto Star reported Thursday, citing court documents.

Zaynab Khadr, 25, a Canadian, is being investigated by a unit led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under anti-terrorism laws introduced after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

Khadr's computer, cell phone and handwritten documents were seized at Toronto's Pearson International Airport when she arrived in Canada from Pakistan two weeks ago.

Her father, Ahmed Said Khadr, is suspected of funneling money to al Qaeda through a charitable organization he ran. He died in an October 2003 gun battle in Pakistan.

In an earlier interview with the Star, Zaynab Khadr denied that her family was involved with al Qaeda and played down the significance of Osama bin Laden's attendance at her 1999 wedding.


LONDON -- Lawyers acting for the United States in its bid to extradite a British man on terrorism charges won an adjournment until April 18 to investigate whether the suspect might be handed over to a military tribunal if delivered to American authorities.

Computer expert Babar Ahmad, 30, is accused of running U.S.-based Web sites soliciting support for terrorism and of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Arizona.

His lawyers argued that any appearance before a military tribunal would be a flagrant denial of his right to a fair trial.

British law prohibits the extradition of suspects who could face capital punishment, which is outlawed in Britain.

• BERLIN -- A Berlin court is expected to rule Friday on one of the largest unsettled Jewish claims from the Holocaust -- the Wertheim family's quest to recover a fortune in properties it was forced to sell under the Nazis.

The family, represented by family member Barbara Principe, 72, a New Jersey grandmother, is believed to be seeking a total of about $190 million in damages from the German retailer KarstadtQuelle AG, which now owns part of the disputed real estate.

Principe alleges in a suit that the German department store chain Hertie -- later acquired by Karstadt -- committed fraud in 1951 when it persuaded her father and his brother to relinquish claims to the property.

• VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II is "progressively improving" and following church activities daily, the Vatican said, suggesting he might be released from the hospital in time for Easter.

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