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Alouni reported from Afghanistan during the US-led war in 2001

One of only two journalists to have interviewed Osama Bin Laden since 11 September 2001 is arrested in Spain on suspicion of having links to Islamic militants.

Syrian-born Tayseer Alouni, a correspondent for Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera, was detained on the orders of Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon as part of an investigation into Islamic militant activity in Spain.

He was one of the few reporters allowed to work under Afghanistan's Taleban regime, and interviewed the al-Qaeda leader there in October 2001.

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The FBI says it is searching worldwide for four al-Qaeda suspects who it believes are plotting attacks against the United States.

The agency advises that Adnan G el-Shukrijumah, Zubayr al-Rimi, Abderraouf Jdey and Karim el-Mejjati should be considered armed and dangerous.

A taped message purporting to come from an al-Qaeda spokesman warns of "new operations inside and outside [Afghanistan] that will make the United States forget the 11 September [2001] events".

In the tape broadcast by Arabic TV channel al-Arabiya, a spokesman identified as Abd al-Rahman al-Najdi said that the Taleban leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, and al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden were "leading and directing the battles by themselves from inside Afghanistan".

Mr Najdi also rejected US claims that al-Qaeda was behind the 29 August bombing of a mosque in the holy city of Najaf in Iraq, in which at least 80 people died.

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The tape is believed to have been filmed in Afghanistan or Pakistan

On the eve of the second anniversary of the 11 September attacks, the Arab TV station al-Jazeera broadcasts a videotape of the al-Qaeda leader.

The pictures - the first new footage of Osama Bin Laden for more than a year - show the al-Qaeda leader and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri walking in an indistinct mountain landscape. The images were probably recorded in April or May, al-Jazeera says.

Neither man speaks on the videotape, but on an accompanying audio tape a voice purported to be that of Bin Laden praises the 11 September attackers and warns "what you have seen so far is only the first skirmishes".

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Bin Laden tape: Full text

US insurance companies file lawsuits against al-Qaeda with the aim of recovering the financial cost of losses caused by the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Lawyers acting on behalf of a number of separate individuals and groups say they want to claim some of the al-Qaeda's money from accounts frozen by the US Government.

The original plans for the 11 September terror attacks envisaged the hijacking of ten planes and attacks on targets on the US west coast and in Asia, according to alleged senior al-Qaeda figure Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, detained by US forces in March 2003, reportedly told his US interrogators that planning for the attacks began in 1996.

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Suspect 'reveals 9/11 planning'

Zacharias Moussaoui had been granted permission to question other al-Qaeda suspects

US Government lawyers ask a judge to drop all charges against Zacharias Moussaoui, accused of assisting in the 11 September terror attacks.

The request follows a decision by a judge to allow Mr Moussaoui to question three high-level al-Qaeda suspects in US detention. The government says such access could compromise national security.

In another development, the US administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer announces that 19 suspected al-Qaeda members have been detained.

The suspects are among 248 foreign fighters being held. The US says it believes foreign fighters may be infiltrating Iraq and carrying out attacks on Western targets.

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Moussaoui case tests US justice
Al-Qaeda suspects questioned in Iraq

Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian former professional footballer, is sentenced to 10 years in prison by court in Belgium for his role in a plan to blow up a US military housing complex.

Sixteen other men received shorter sentences for a number of lesser offences.

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