NEW YORK – An Egyptian Islamic cleric whose fiery sermons before and after Sept. 11 attracted extremists to his London mosque was convicted Monday by jurors who followed a trail of evidence linking him to a kidnapping in Yemen that killed four hostages and efforts to create an al-Qaida training camp in America.
The 56-year-old cleric, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, was found guilty in federal court in Manhattan just weeks after al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks was convicted. Attorney General Eric Holder championed both verdicts as a triumph for civil courts, saying the debate over how to best seek justice in these cases is quietly being put to rest.
Sentencing was set for Sept. 9, when he likely faces life in prison.
‘Raging Bull’ lawsuit cleared to proceed
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a copyright lawsuit over the 1980 Oscar-winning movie Raging Bull can go forward, a decision that could open Hollywood studios to more claims from people seeking a share of profits from classic films and TV shows.
In a 6-3 decision, the justices said that Paula Petrella, daughter of late screenwriter Frank Petrella, did not wait too long to file her lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer claiming an interest in the film.
Police official quits over Obama slur
A town police commissioner in Wolfeboro, N.H., has resigned after he admitted using a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama, an official said Monday.
Robert Copeland, 82, resigned Sunday night from the post to which he was re-elected in March, putting to rest a controversy that drew national attention and sparked impassioned debate in the town of 6,300 on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee.
MERS patient leaves Florida hospital
A man from Saudi Arabia who is one of three patients diagnosed with an infection from a Middle East respiratory virus in the United States has been released from an Orlando, Florida, hospital.
Officials from the state health department and Dr. P. Phillips Hospital said in a news release Monday that the 44-year-old unidentified man has been discharged.
A man in northwest Indiana was the first U.S. case of the MERS virus, and an Illinois man picked up a related infection from him.
Martial law declared in unstable Thailand
Thailand’s army declared martial law in a surprise announcement before dawn today that it said was aimed at keeping the country stable after six months of sometimes violent political unrest.
The military, however, denied a coup d’etat was underway.
The move comes one day after the Southeast Asian country’s caretaker prime minister refused to step down and follows six months of anti-government demonstrations that have failed to oust the government.
Putin orders troops home from border
In what could be an attempt to ease tensions with the West and avoid more sanctions, President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops deployed near Ukraine to return to their home bases Monday.
Putin also praised the launch of a dialogue between Ukraine’s government and its opponents even as fighting continued in parts of the country ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.
Iraq’s Maliki moves toward 3rd term
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved closer to winning a third term Monday as his Shiite-dominated political bloc emerged firmly in first place in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011.
The challenge now for al-Maliki is to build a ruling coalition as violence rages and instability grows. Rival Shiite blocs were the next two top vote-getters, with Sunni blocs trailing as the country grows more polarized.