NEW YORK — The wife of an imam planning an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero said Sunday that she and her husband have received death threats.
Daisy Khan, married to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, said her husband's life also is under threat but, "We do not walk around with bodyguards because we love this country."
Chief police spokesman Paul Browne confirmed that Khan had told authorities about the telephone threats.
Rauf would be a spiritual leader of a 16-story Islamic center and mosque planned for lower Manhattan two blocks north of where Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and killed nearly 2,800 people.
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Rutgers remembers student who died
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. —Rutgers University held a silent vigil Sunday night to remember a student who committed suicide after his sexual encounter with a man in his dormitory room was secretly streamed online.
The tribute to 18-year-old freshman Tyler Clementi drew a few hundred people, many holding candles.
Prosecutors say Clementi's roommate and another student used a webcam to broadcast on the Internet live images of Clementi during intimate encounter. He jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River three days later.
Emanuel preps for run for Chicago mayor
CHICAGO — Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that he's preparing to run for mayor of Chicago, a position it was widely known he has long desired.
Emanuel made the announcement in a video posted Sunday on his website, ChicagoforRahm.com. He had been careful not to launch his candidacy from Washington and headed to Chicago immediately after President Obama announced Emanuel's resignation Friday.
Afghanistan to disband private security firms
KABUL, Afghanistan — Moving to enforce a pledge that has rattled Afghanistan's foreign community, President Hamid Karzai has begun dissolving the Afghan operations of private security companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater, the government announced Sunday.
Karzai caught Western officials by surprise in mid-August when he announced a ban on private security firms that would take effect by year's end. The U.S. Embassy at the time expressed support in principle but suggested the timetable was unrealistic.
With the insurgency increasing its reach across the country, few consider the Afghan police and military ready to step in and fill the role of security contractors.
Runoff will decide Brazil's new president
SAO PAULO — A former Marxist guerrilla chosen by Brazil's beloved leader to succeed him will face a centrist rival in a presidential runoff after narrowly failing to get enough votes to win Sunday's election outright.
Dilma Rousseff, a 62-year-old career bureaucrat trying to become Brazil's first female president on the ruling Workers Party ticket, captured 46.6 percent of the vote but needed 50 percent. She will face former Sao Paulo state governor Jose Serra, who got 32.8 percent, in a runoff election Oct. 31.