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Apologizing for its previous denials, the British government said US intelligence agents had used its territory to transport terrorist suspects following the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. CIA Director Michael Hayden also acknowledged that on two occasions planes carrying suspects had landed on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia for refueling. "It lasted just a short time, but it happened," Hayden said. British Defense Secretary David Miliband said he was "very sorry, indeed" to have to correct the earlier denials.

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Another member of the US armed forces was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault on Okinawa, a week after a marine was arrested on rape charges and less than a day after 45,000 military personnel, their dependants, and civilian support staff were restricted to base. The soldier is accused of attacking a Filipina at a hotel. An Army spokesman would not discuss details of the latest incident but pledged full cooperation with local authorities.

Severely wounded President Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor met with members of his family Thursday for the first time since his attempted assassination, and witnesses said he sought "reassurance that everyone is well" in the fledgling nation. Horta may be kept in intensive care in a Darwin, Australia, hospital for "several weeks," doctors said. But they expected him "to make a full recovery."

Seismologists played down the potential for damage from aftershocks after the strongest earthquake in Norwegian history struck early Thursday. The magnitude-6.2 quake was centered at sea off the sparsely populated Svalbard islands. There were no reports of casualties. One of the islands is the home of a new international seed vault.

Despite the recommendations in a commissioned report on the impact of climate change, Australia won't seek to cut carbon emissions by more than 60 percent over the next four decades, a senior government official said Thursday. The report is being prepared at the request of new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd by a noted economist. Environmental groups have welcomed Prof. Ross Garnaut's findings, but the 60 percent goal will not be "extended," the Climate Change Ministry said.

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