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Pakistan extradites Bali bombing suspect

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A key suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people was returned Thursday to Indonesia to stand trial, six months after he was captured in the same northwestern Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was killed.

Umar Patek, an al-Qaida-linked Indonesian militant, had a $1 million bounty on his head when authorities caught up with him Jan. 25 in Abbottabad -- just a few miles from where U.S. commandos killed al-Qaida chief bin Laden in a raid four months later.

Patek, 41, has admitted scouting out Bali for the attack on two nightclubs packed with foreign tourists and helping to assemble the 2,250-pound bomb that was hidden inside a van, according to Ansyaad Mbai, Indonesia's anti-terrorism chief.

No trial date has been set.



Army kills 11, presses bid to quell protests

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian army killed 11 people Thursday in a western town near the Lebanese border and stormed a northwestern town near Turkey's border, activists said.

The shooting in Qusair also wounded many others, according to several Syrian human rights and activists groups.

In Saraqeb, near the Turkish border, troops detained at least 100 people, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The assaults reflected the determination of President Bashar Assad to crush the 5-month-old uprising despite mounting international condemnation.

In Washington, the White House said President Obama spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who met with Assad earlier this week, to underscore his deep concern about the Syrian government's use of violence against civilians.



Project moves ahead in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's interior minister gave final authorization to build 1,600 apartments in disputed East Jerusalem and will approve 2,700 more in days, officials said Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office knew the construction plans were moving ahead, Interior Ministry spokesman Roi Lachmanovich said. An earlier approval for the 1,600-apartment project embarrassed Netanyahu and caused a diplomatic rift with the U.S. because it coincided with a visit by U.S. Vice President Biden.

Lachmanovich said the new apartments were necessary to deal with a housing shortage.