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Jordan Court Opens U.S. Diplomat Murder Trial

Eleven Islamists went on trial in Jordan on Monday for the murder of a U.S. diplomat last year but the alleged mastermind, who U.S. officials say has close links to Osama bin Laden, remained on the run. A gunman shot dead Laurence Foley on the doorstep of his home in the Jordanian capital Amman last October. It was the first killing of a Western diplomat in pro-Western Jordan and prompted a sweeping crackdown on suspected Islamic militants. At a state security court on Monday, Chief Judge Colonel Fawaz al-Baqour opened proceedings in the trial of five bearded men in the dock and six other suspects who are still on the run. They face the death penalty if convicted of Foley’s killing. Full Story

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