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In Brief: Wife's saw bid to kill husband

A US woman accused of trying to decapitate her sleeping husband with an electric saw has been convicted of attempted murder.

Jurors in Washington state took only about three hours to decide on a verdict in the trial of Renee Bishop-McKean (44).

They also convicted her of hitting the man in the head with a hatchet and mallet.

Jurors were told the noise of the saw woke the woman's husband last October 14 and he fought her off. He was treated for cuts and scrapes.

Bishop-McKean claimed an intruder carried out the attack. She faces at least 15 years in prison.

Teen caught in car bomb sting

A TEENAGER accused of trying to ignite what he thought was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar was ordered to be jailed without bond.

Adel Daoud (19) was arrested after authorities said he tried to trigger a fake mechanism set up by FBI agents during a sting operation.

Daoud allegedly told an undercover agent he was pursuing the attack because the US was at war "with Islam and Muslims".

New battle to free Pussy Riot

The husband of one of the imprisoned members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot is seeking US sanctions against Russian officials involved in prosecuting the musicians.

Petya Verzilov met with politicians involved in drafting legislation that would target Russian officials linked to human rights abuses.

The punk band members are serving two years for performing an irreverent song mocking Russian president Vladimir Putin inside Moscow's main cathedral.

Raids ground Nigeria airline

Nigeria's largest airline Arik Air Ltd halted all its domestic flights indefinitely as its leaders alleged government corruption made it impossible for the carrier to fly, after officials raided and disrupted its flights without explanation.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria later denied its employees were involved, blaming the raid on unions upset over unpaid salaries.