Pakistan's leader thinks bin Laden dead
Judge denies request to televise Moussaoui trial
(CNN) -- Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Friday he thinks Osama bin Laden has not been able to get treatment for his kidney disease and is most likely dead.
"I think now, frankly, he is dead," Musharraf said in an interview with CNN, "for the reason he is a patient, he is a kidney patient. We know that he donated two dialysis machines into Afghanistan. One was specifically for his own personal use.
"I don't know if he has been getting all that treatment in Afghanistan now. And the photographs that have been shown of him on television show him extremely weak. ... I would give the first priority that he is dead and the second priority that he is alive somewhere in Afghanistan."
Gen. Tommy Franks, the commander of U.S. forces in the region, said Friday that he had seen "no intelligence" to confirm or deny Musharraf's statements on bin Laden's condition.
Other U.S. officials contradicted the reports of bin Laden's health problems, saying there is "no evidence" the suspected terrorist mastermind has ever suffered kidney failure or required kidney dialysis. The officials called such suggestions a "recurrent rumor." (Full story)
Meanwhile, Friday was the first day for new federally mandated baggage screening procedure at U.S. airports. Passengers showed up early Friday, anticipating longer lines and possible delays. Airlines and airports, however, reported no significant problems.
Not every piece of baggage was literally being searched. The guidelines allow airlines to meet the new requirement by enacting bag matching procedures -- ensuring that no bag is put in the belly of a plane that does not belong to a passenger on that particular flight.
Bomb-sniffing dogs were also in use at some airports, and 53 airports in the country were using large, explosive detection machines. (Full story)
A federal judge Friday rejected a request from Court TV to televise the trial of the first man charged in the September 11 terrorist attacks. The defendant, Zacarias Moussaoui, had joined in the motion in favor of televising his trial. (Full story)
The mother of Clark Russell Bowers, who said last week he was being held for ransom inside Afghanistan, said her son was freed Friday and will soon return to his Alabama home. Carol Bowers said the kidnappers tortured her son and that he received help from the FBI. An FBI official said he had no information on the case. (Full story)
The Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill is set to reopen Tuesday. The building has been closed since an aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle opened an anthrax-laden letter in October. Daschle's suite of offices will remain closed until mid-March while it undergoes renovations, his press secretary said.
Beginning in early February, the White House will reopen for tours by school groups, spokesman Ari Fleischer said Friday. Groups will arrange tours through their members of Congress. The tours were closed as a precaution after September 11.
Arab League Secretary-General Amre Moussa flew into Baghdad, Iraq, Friday for talks with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, saying this is a "dangerous time and decisive moment" for the Arab world. Moussa's visit is the first to Baghdad by an Arab League chief since Asmet Abdul-Maguid visited the city in 1998 to try to defuse a crisis over weapons inspections of presidential palaces.
British citizen Richard Reid, accused of attempting to set off a bomb in his shoe aboard an airliner, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Friday in Boston, Massachusetts, on charges issued by a federal grand jury, which include attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Reid pleaded not guilty to all nine counts against him, which also included attempted murder.
The United States announced a worldwide manhunt Thursday for five men who officials said might be planning new, possibly imminent, terrorist attacks. (Full story)
British police have made more arrests in connection with the pan-European terrorism clampdown. Four people -- two men and two women aged between 28 and 31 -- were arrested in Leicester, central England on Friday under the Immigration Act 1971, bringing the total number of arrests made over the past two days to 17. (Full story)
In Afghanistan, three U.S. Marines were injured Thursday when an unknown item exploded while they were burning trash at their base camp at Kandahar International Airport. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. (Full story)
A plane carrying 30 al Qaeda and Taliban detainees arrived Thursday at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to the Pentagon. It was the fourth such flight since last week and brings to 110 the number of detainees being held at Camp X-ray. Officials said there were no problems during the flight.
Representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross have arrived at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay to see the 110 Afghan war detainees held there and the conditions of their imprisonment. (Full story)
U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday a man who showed up at the airport in Kandahar, Afghanistan, apparently does not have credible information on the locations of bin Laden or Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. There had been hopes the man would provide an "intelligence breakthrough" that would lead to Omar or bin Laden. One official said reports about information the man might have were exaggerated. The officials said they believe bin Laden and Omar are alive and still in Afghanistan.
Hamid Karzai, the leader of Afghanistan's interim government, has accepted an invitation from President Bush and will visit Washington on January 28, the White House said Thursday. "This visit provides an opportunity to develop the U.S. partnership with Afghanistan to eliminate terrorism and build a stable Afghanistan which will not again become a base for terrorist activity," the White House said in a statement.
An Egyptian man arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport the week after the September 11 terrorist attacks was found guilty Thursday of lying to federal agents. Wael Abdel Rahman Kishk, 21, was acquitted on a second charge of possessing a fake pilot's certificate. Sentencing, expected to be less than six months, is set for February 18. (Full story)
Four Arabs and at least one Pakistani suspected of having links to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network have been detained in central Pakistan. Police say the men, disguised in women's burqas -- a traditional all-encompassing robe -- were arrested after a high-speed car chase. (Full story)
Bosnia has turned over to U.S. military authorities six Algerians accused of plotting an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia. The handover of the suspected terrorists came despite a ruling by Bosnia's highest court that they be freed and amid demonstrations by Bosnian Muslims. (Full story)
Swiss authorities pledged Friday to remove the trademark "Bin Ladin" from a new line of clothing created by one of Osama bin Laden's brothers. Yeslam Binladin, a Swiss citizen, reportedly had hoped to use the trademarked name for his fashion label -- a move that went against "accepted moral standards," according to a Swiss official. (Full story)
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