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May 25, 2011

Headley testifies about Pakistan contacts at US trial

CHICAGO (Reuters) – David Headley, who scouted targets for the 2008 Pakistani militant raid on Mumbai, testified on Wednesday about conversations he had with a Chicago businessman accused of helping the attackers and a retired Pakistani military officer.

Headley took the stand in the trial of Pakistani-born businessman Tahawwur Rana, 50, who is charged with providing support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed in the attacks that killed 160 people.

May 24, 2011

Plotters shifted Mumbai targets – David Headley

CHICAGO (Reuters) – David Headley, the star witness in the U.S. case against the accused planners of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, said on Tuesday that the list of targets changed as the raids grew near, irritating his Pakistani intelligence contact.

David Headley, who has pleaded guilty to scouting targets for the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, testified his handler with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, “Major Iqbal,” told him to scout all the targets carefully.

May 24, 2011

Plotters shifted Mumbai targets: U.S. trial witness

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The star witness in the U.S. case against the accused planners of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai said on Tuesday that the list of targets changed as the raids grew near, irritating his Pakistani intelligence contact.

David Headley, who has pleaded guilty to scouting targets for the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, testified his handler with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, “Major Iqbal,” told him to scout all the targets carefully.

May 24, 2011

At U.S. trial, Pakistan links to Mumbai attacks examined

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An American who has admitted scouting targets for the 2008 assault on Mumbai by Pakistani militants testified on Monday that the plot was hatched with at least one Pakistani intelligence official and a navy frogman.

At a trial for a Chicago businessman accused of providing a front for his surveillance work in India, David Headley testified to getting help and guidance from two officers in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, the ISI.

May 24, 2011

ISI helped LeT in 26/11 Mumbai attacks – Headley

CHICAGO (Reuters) – American citizen David Headley who has admitted scouting targets for the 2008 assault on Mumbai by Pakistani militants testified on Monday that the plot was hatched with at least one Pakistani intelligence official and a navy frogman.

At a trial for a Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana, accused of providing a front for his surveillance work in India, Headley testified to getting help and guidance from two officers in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, the ISI.

May 23, 2011

Chicago man Rana helped Mumbai attack plot – prosecutor

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Monday outlined an elaborate plot that allegedly preceded the 2008 attack on Mumbai, saying a Chicago businessman helped make it possible for militants to scout their targets.

The trial of Tahawwur Rana began weeks after the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces that raised questions about whether Pakistani authorities knew the al Qaeda leader was in their country and about their commitment to fighting militant groups.

May 23, 2011

Rana trial may raise U.S. tensions with Pakistan

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors will outline an elaborate plot that allegedly preceded the 2008 attack on Mumbai in a case against a Chicago businessman that could feature prominent roles by members of Pakistan’s spy agency.

The trial of Tahawwur Rana starting on Monday follows the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces that raised questions about whether Pakistani authorities knew the al Qaeda leader was in their country and about their commitment to fighting militant groups.

May 23, 2011

U.S. trial risks raising tensions with Pakistan

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors will outline an elaborate plot that allegedly preceded the 2008 attack on Mumbai in a case against a Chicago businessman that could feature prominent roles by members of Pakistan’s spy agency.

The trial of Tahawwur Rana starting on Monday follows the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces that raised questions about whether Pakistani authorities knew the al Qaeda leader was in their country and about their commitment to fighting militant groups.

May 19, 2011
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Report says U.S. Catholic sex abuse “historical”, critics see coverup

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(Victims of sexual abuse by priests outside the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC, March 25, 2010/Hyungwon Kang)

A church-sponsored study on Wednesday blamed poorly trained priests and a deviant society for the Roman Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis, but victims dismissed it as a whitewash of an institutional coverup. The largest study ever done on youth sexual abuse by U.S. Catholic clergy concluded that priests were no more likely to abuse than anyone else, gay priests were not more likely than straight priests to abuse, and the priestly vow of celibacy was not directly to blame.

May 18, 2011

Critics slam study that US priest abuse in the past

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A church-sponsored study on Wednesday blamed poorly trained priests and a deviant society for the Roman Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis, but victims dismissed it as a whitewash of an institutional coverup.

The largest study ever done on youth sexual abuse by U.S. Catholic clergy concluded that priests were no more likely to abuse than anyone else, gay priests were not more likely than straight priests to abuse, and the priestly vow of celibacy was not directly to blame.

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