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Al-Qaeda ‘planned to target oil tankers’

US officials say al-Qaeda had plans to hijack or sink oil tankers in order to prompt a spike in prices and trigger an economic crisis in the West.

Five Somalis convicted in US court for piracy

Five men from Somalia were convicted in a federal court in Virginia on piracy and other criminal charges over an April attack on a US Navy ship.

Passengers face tough checks on US flights

Air travellers from Nigeria, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and nine other countries will face full-body pat downs.

US Supreme Court clears path for Chrysler sale

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the sale of Chrysler to Fiat, while General Motors began to revamp its widely criticised board.

FBI hands Stanford fraud charges in Virginia

Billionaire Allen Stanford, accused of an -billion fraud that spooked investors around the world, was served with the formal complaint on Thursday.

US high court considers landmark gun-rights case

The United States Supreme Court considers on Tuesday a landmark legal battle over gun rights, taking up for the first time in nearly 70 years whether Americans have the right to keep and bear arms. The court's ruling, expected by the end of June, could have a far-reaching impact on gun control laws in the US.

US congressman charged with paying off Nigerian

United States Democratic Representative William Jefferson, accused of hiding  000 of intended bribes in his freezer, was charged on Monday with soliciting bribes and paying off a Nigerian official. Jefferson (63) a member of Congress since 199, faces a maximum of 235 years in prison if convicted.

US court rules against Bush in global-warming case

In a defeat for the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a United States government agency has the power under the clean-air law to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions that spur global warming. The ruling came in one of the most important environmental cases to reach the Supreme Court in decades. It marked the first high court decision in a case involving global warming.

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