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From Beirut to London, New Terror Alerts

Lebanon said on Thursday it had smashed a plot to attack the U.S. embassy and Britain banned flights to Kenya as fresh terror alerts rang out across the world after the bloody suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia. Fingers were pointed mainly at Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network as Pakistan reported bombings of Western-branded petrol stations and Algerian troops hunted in the Sahara desert for 15 European tourists still held by Islamist guerrillas. The United States stuck to its guns that its war on terror had shattered al Qaeda’s leadership, but Homeland security chief Tom Ridge said: “The potential is still very, very real.” Ridge, a top appointment of President Bush after the September 11 attacks in 2001, delivered his warning as FBI and CIA agents joined the hunt in Saudi Arabia for the suspected al Qaeda masterminds of Monday’s suicide bombings that killed at least 34 people, including at least seven Americans. In unusual criticism, Washington said the kingdom, birthplace of bin Laden and most of the September 11 attackers, needed to do more to fight terrorism. Full Story

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