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Al-Qa'ida trial in Germany

Germany's Federal Prosecutor has charged a German and an Austrian with belonging to al-Qa'ida.

The prosecutor's office said the two suspects, identified only as 26-year-old German citizen Yusuf O and 22-year-old Austrian citizen Maqsood L, allegedly participated in al-Qaida training camps in the Afghan-Pakistan border region in 2009 and 2010.

Yusuf O is also charged with helping found the German Taliban Mujahideen.



Country star in custody row

The father of country singer Mindy McCready's child says she's pushing her luck with the legal system by not following a judge's order to return the five-year-old to Florida to the care of McCready's mother.

Billy McKnight told the NBC Today show yesterday he spoke on the phone with McCready and their boy after the judge's deadline expired on Thursday.

McCready has had a long custody battle with her mother, who was awarded guardianship in 2007.



Mladic trial is speeded up

A United Nations war crimes tribunal adopted the prosecution's proposal to reduce Ratko Mladic's indictment, speeding up the former Bosnian Serb general's trial.

"The prosecution is to file an amended indictment and amended lists of victims within two weeks of the date of this decision," the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague said yesterday on its website.

The prosecutor will now limit its presentation of evidence to a selection of 106 crimes, instead of 196 initially scheduled crimes in Mladic's indictment.



BBC's Huw to voice Olympics

Newscaster Huw Edwards will be the voice of the BBC at the London 2012 Olympic Games as he leads the opening and closing ceremonies, it has been announced.

Edwards, who was the BBC's lead anchor at the royal wedding, joins a list of household names who will front the Games on BBC One and BBC Three.

On BBC One, breakfast time viewers will wake up to a combination of Bill Turnbull, Hazel Irvine, Sian Williams and Chris Hollins.


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