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French officials disclose that two suspected al-Qaeda militants have been arrested in separate incidents at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

Investigators believe the first man Karim Mehdi, a Moroccan national, to have links with al-Qaeda militants based in Germany who planned the attacks on New York and Washington.

The second man, Christian Ganczarski of Germany, is suspected of being involved in the April 2002 bombing of a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, in which 21 people were killed.

Four German peacekeepers are killed and dozens of other people injured in an apparent suicide attack on a bus in the Afghan capital Kabul.

The attack is the deadliest assault on International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) troops since they arrived in the country to bolster the government of President Hamid Karzai after the fall of the Taleban.

German Defence Minister Peter Struck blames "al-Qaeda terrorists", and remnants of the ousted Taleban for the attack.

Ghamdi is alleged to be a key member of al-Qaeda

The man suspected of masterminding the series of bombings in Riyadh in detained in Saudi Arabia.

Ali Abdul Rahman al-Ghamdi, also known as Abu Bakr al-Azdi, was number two on the list of most-wanted suspects in connection with the 12 May attacks.

A US official described the arrest as a major blow to al-Qaeda's operations in Saudi Arabia.

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