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Friday, August 24, 2007

Court Will Reconsider Ruling in Terrorism Case

A U.S. appeals court will reconsider its decision that an alleged al-Qaeda agent held in military custody since 2003 is entitled to a trial in criminal court.

The Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit yesterday granted the Bush administration's request that the full 10-member court review a 2 to 1 ruling a three-judge panel made on June 11.

The panel had said the United States cannot hold terrorism suspect Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a citizen of Qatar, indefinitely without being charged. He is being held in a Navy brig near Charleston, S.C.

Marri was in the United States legally when he was arrested in December 2001. He was the first person labeled an enemy combatant by the government and was transferred to Navy custody in 2003.

In seeking a new hearing, government lawyers said the June ruling "radically circumscribes the president's authority to wage the ongoing military conflict against al-Qaeda."

Rice's Libya Visit Is First Of Its Kind in 50 Years

Condoleezza Rice will make the first visit to Libya by a U.S. secretary of state in half a century. It is a sign of improving relations with the North African nation once branded a state sponsor of terrorism, said envoy Ahmed Gebreel of the Libyan mission to the United Nations.

Rice, who is seeking ways to strengthen ties with the holder of Africa's largest oil reserves, will travel to Libya in the second half of October, Gebreel said in a telephone interview. John Foster Dulles, who served President Dwight D. Eisenhower, was the last secretary of state to visit Libya, in 1953.

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� Three-term Rep. Rick Renzi (Ariz.), who is facing a federal inquiry into his family's insurance business, said that he will not seek reelection next year. Renzi, 49, becomes the fifth GOP House member in recent days to announce retirement plans.

� The administration wants to stop requiring coal operators to prove that their surface mining will not damage streams, fish and wildlife. Under proposed regulations that it plans to put out today for public comment, strip-mine operators would have to show that they intend "to prevent" damage "to the extent possible, using the best technology currently available." Mining that would alter a stream's flow would be allowed as long as any damage to the environment is repaired.

� As rescuers drilled a final hole into a Utah mountain to search for six missing coal miners, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees labor issues announced plans for a hearing on the mine collapse when Congress returns from its recess on Sept. 5.

-- From News Services

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