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Guilty plea entered to aiding al-Qaida plots

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A former Maryland resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping al-Qaida plot attacks from his native Pakistan, reaching a plea deal with the U.S. government that spares him from a potential life sentence in exchange for helping to convict fellow prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Majid Khan, 32, is the first of what the military calls its "high-value" detainees to plead guilty, and his cooperation could provide significant help to the United States as it seeks to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and other suspected terrorists held in the U.S. military prison here.

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Travel ban is lifted for 7 from U.S. groups

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt on Wednesday lifted a travel ban on seven Americans employed by U.S. pro-democracy groups, signaling that the worst crisis in relations between Egypt and the United States in 30 years could soon be over.

The seven, who include the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, are among 16 Americans who are on trial, along with 27 others, on charges of using illegally obtained funds to foment unrest in Egypt.

The trial opened Sunday and adjourned until April 26, but the court's three judges resigned from the case Tuesday.