OSLO — Three suspected al-Qaida members were arrested Thursday in a Norwegian bomb plot linked to the same terrorist planners behind thwarted schemes to blow up New York's subway and a British shopping mall.
The alleged Norwegian plot, underscoring changing al-Qaida tactics in the decade since the 9/11 attacks, was said to involve powerful peroxide bombs similar to ones aimed for detonation in New York and Manchester, England.
All three plans were organized by Saleh al-Somali, al-Qaida's former chief of external operations, who had been in charge of plotting attacks worldwide, Norwegian and U.S. officials believe. Al -Somali was killed in a CIA drone airstrike last year, but officials say the three plots had already been set in motion by the time of his death.
Netanyahu says he will confound critics
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NEW YORK — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu say he intends to confound critics and skeptics and make peace with the Palestinians — but he says he needs a partner.
Netanyahu said if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sits down with him, a peace agreement could be reached in a year.
Netanyahu's message to Israelis, Americans and the wider world two days after patching up relations with President Obama was that he became prime minister for a second time to take "political risks" for real peace.
He told several hundred people Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations that it's time to stop putting conditions on direct talks and start negotiations.