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Cia Officer To Stay In Prison Until Trial

A former CIA officer accused of selling secrets to Russia must remain jailed until his April 14 trial because of a high risk he might flee prosecution, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Harold J. Nicholson pleaded innocent Friday to charges of selling secrets to Moscow since 1994 for more than $180,000. Last month, he pleaded innocent to one count of conspiracy to commit espionage.

Nicholson, a 16-year CIA veteran, was arrested Nov. 16 at Washington’s Dulles Airport while allegedly on his way to deliver secrets to Russians in Switzerland.

Nicholson, who could face up to life in prison, is the highest-ranking CIA officer ever charged as a turncoat.

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Zimbabwe leader calls assassination attempt ‘cowardly act’

UPDATED: 8:14 p.m.

updated  Zimbabwe’s president was unscathed Saturday by an explosion at a campaign rally that state media called an attempt to assassinate him, later visiting his two injured vice presidents and declaring the “cowardly act” will not disrupt next month’s historic elections.