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Dutch pass new anti-terrorism bill

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The Hague, Netherlands The Dutch government passed a new anti-terrorism bill Friday, granting law-enforcement authorities far-reaching powers of investigation and allowing them to hold suspects for up to two weeks without charges.

Intelligence agents will be able to use currently banned techniques such as infiltrating terror cells for undercover operations and telephone taps, a Justice Ministry statement said. They will also be allowed to use entrapment tactics, such as bogus sales transactions.

The law must be approved by parliament.

U.S. won’t amend women’s agenda

United Nations Facing overwhelming opposition, the United States on Friday abandoned attempts to amend a declaration reaffirming the blueprint to achieve equality for women, saying it was satisfied the document did not guarantee the right to abortion.

Hours after the United States backed down, the 45-member U.N. Commission on the Status of Women unanimously adopted the declaration endorsing the platform for action adopted at the 1995 U.N. women’s conference in Beijing.

The U.S. attempt to amend the declaration has taken the spotlight at the two-week review meeting, angering many governments and some 6,000 representatives of women’s and human rights organizations. They had hoped to focus on obstacles to women’s equality in the economy, the family, education and political life – not on the abortion issue.

Flight attendant guilty in bomb-note case

Nashville, Tenn. An off-duty flight attendant accused of leaving a bomb note on an airplane has pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Prosecutor Debra T. Phillips said Gay Wilson accepted a plea agreement that was filed Friday in federal court in Nashville.

Wilson, jailed since the May 27 incident, could receive more than five years in prison at sentencing, set for May 13.

Wilson was traveling on an American Airlines flight with 129 passengers from Dallas to Boston when, in Nashville airspace, she went to the bathroom and claimed she found a note, authorities said.

The note read: “There is a bomb on board this flt to Boston in cargo. Live Sadaam!”

Two fighter jets escorted the airplane to Nashville International Airport, where it was evacuated.

The defendant, who was 37 at the time of the incident, returned to Dallas the next day and eventually admitted writing the note, authorities said.

Judge pays fine for trying to sneak knife

Harrisburg, Pa. A state Supreme Court justice said Friday he paid a $750 federal fine for trying to sneak a pocketknife on board an airplane last month.

“I just wanted to get this matter behind me,” Justice Thomas G. Saylor Jr. said. “Really, my only comment is … I did a really dumb thing, which I obviously regret.”

Saylor and his wife were going through a checkpoint for a flight from Harrisburg International Airport when screeners found a Swiss Army-type knife attached to his key chain, police said.

The knife was later found in a shoe inside his carry-on luggage when Saylor went back through the screening area a second time, police said.

Saylor said the knife was a gift from a friend that he did not want to give up.

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