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Terror suspect arrested in NY

AN "al-Qa'ida sympathiser" accused of plotting to bomb police and post offices in New York, as well as US troops returning home, has been arrested in Manhattan.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the arrest of Jose Pimentel of Manhattan (27), saying he was motivated by terrorist propaganda and resentment of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said police had to move quickly to arrest Pimentel at the weekend because he was ready to carry out his plan.

"He was in fact putting this bomb together," Mr Kelly said.

Suu Kyi runs for parliament

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi intends to run for parliament in upcoming by-elections in Burma.

The decision announced today was expected after her party decided last week to rejoin mainstream politics in the long-isolated nation.

Nyan Win, the spokesman of Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, said she has not yet decided which district she will seek to represent.

But he said she "has the intention to stand for the elections".

Romney beats Obama in poll

A poll of likely Michigan voters shows Mitt Romney beating US President Barack Obama in a hypothetical match-up but two other leading Republicans losing to the president.

The poll showed the Michigan-born ex-Massachusetts governor getting 46pc compared to 41pc for Mr Obama.

The difference is just beyond the poll's 4pc sampling error while 13pc are undecided.

Pope swipes at Africa despots

Pope Benedict wrapped up his pilgrimage to Africa at an open air Mass by proclaiming that "true royalty does not consist in a show of power".

The comments were interpreted as a swipe at the continent's corrupt rulers.

The Pope weathered the intense heat inside Benin's unventilated chapels and parishes to deliver the layered message on how Africa can emerge from war and poverty.