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Attack foiled on controversial cartoonist

COPENHAGEN — Denmark's intelligence service says police have foiled an attempt to kill cartoonist Kurt Westergaard — the artist who drew cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, causing outrage in the Muslim world.

Jakob Scharf, who heads the PET intelligence service, says a 28-year-old Somali man was armed with an axe and a knife when he entered Westergaard's home in Aarhus.

Scharf says the attack was "terror related," adding that the suspected assailant has close contacts to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab.

The Somali man was shot by police in the knee and the shoulder during the Friday attack.

30 killed, 10 hurt in Brazilian mudslides

ANGRA DOS REIS, Brazil — A rain-soaked slab of hillside collapsed on three houses and an upscale waterfront lodge after New Year celebrations on an island resort in this city near Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 19 people, authorities said. Another mudslide elsewhere in the city killed 11.

Ten people were injured by the resort slide early Friday, and about 120 rescuers scrambled through mud and around toppled trees and large rocks to search for more survivors. Police helicopters and navy vessels helped in the rescue effort.

In addition to the two deadly mudslides in Angra dos Reis, local authorities said nearly 80 mudslides were reported throughout the region, toppling trees and destroying power lines. Rain-related deaths in Rio de Janeiro state from three days of heavy rains reached 50, officials said, and more rain was predicted across the region.

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