A Somali man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for piracy. Like the pirates who were found guilty of attacking the USS Nichols, he attacked a U.S. Navy warship thinking it was a merchant ship.
Jama Idle Ibrahim is also known as Jaamac Ciidle. He pleaded guilty in August. Ibrahim admitted he and five other Somalis sailed the Gulf of Aden, looking for a ship to capture. They found the USS Ashland and thought it was a cargo ship. They fired at it, hoping the crew would surrender and the ship could be held for ransom.
Instead, the pirates lost the fight and were taken to the U.S. for trial.
A Somali-American teen is charged with trying to bomb a Christmas ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday as an act of jihad (Muslim religious war).
The charges say Mohamed Osman Mohamud planned to set off a car bomb at a gathering where a Christmas tree would be lit up for the holidays.
Mohamud is 19. He was born in Somalia and later became an American citizen. FBI agents say he told them he started thinking of violent jihad when he was 15.
In 2009, the charges say, Mohamud began emailing a man in Pakistan about joining in jihad. FBI agents, posing as jihadis, got in touch with Mohamud. They say he asked them to help him plan an explosion.
The agents say they helped Mohamud build a fake bomb and "set it off". Then they arrested him.
The FBI agents say they gave Mohamud chances to drop his plans. They reminded him there would be many children at the ceremony. They said they would not look down on him if he changed his mind. But, they say, Mohamud said he wanted to attack people who were spending the holidays with their families.
An Albanian man charged with drug dealing and violent crimes has been extradited (sent for trial) to the U.S.
Almir Rrapo had been in the U.S., then gone back to Albania to get away from the charges. He had gotten a job as assistant to Albania's Deputy Prime Minister.
His country's police arrested him in July.
Rrapo is charged with belonging to a criminal gang, the Krasniqi Organization. The charge says this group sold marijuana and used violence to protect its business. For example, Rrapo and other members are said to have kidnapped a rival drug dealer and threatened to kill him. They are also accused of killing another dealer, Erion Shehu, in a drive-by shooting in New York.
China's Xinhua news agency says two NATO helicopters crossed the border from Afghanistan to Pakistan on Friday. It says they fired at a village and injured three people. But the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan says this is not true.
ISAF says no aircraft crossed into Pakistan, no one was hurt -- and Xinhua did not talk to ISAF before making its report.