AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Eleven men suspected of links to al-Qaida have pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges related to an alleged plot to attack the U.S. Embassy and shopping malls in Jordan.
The suspects - two Jordanians and nine Jordanians of Palestinian origin - entered their pleas Thursday at the opening session of their trial at a military court in Amman.
The men have been in police custody since last October.
The indictment accuses them of plotting simultaneous attacks on two shopping malls in the Jordanian capital to distract police as they assaulted the U.S. Embassy.
The plot allegedly called for gunmen killing diplomats on the embassy grounds.
The men face the death penalty, if convicted.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's panel tasked with purging government ranks of former members of Saddam Hussein's party has removed the country's top judge from his post because of alleged ties to the now-dissolved Baath party.
The deputy chief of the country's Justice and Accountability Committee, Bakhtiar Omar al-Qadhi, said on Thursday that the decision to remove Chief Judge Medhat al-Mahmoud from the Supreme Judicial Council was based on "strong evidence" supplied by parliament.
Al-Qadhi wouldn't discuss the details, saying that al-Mahmoud has 60 days to appeal.
After the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam in 2003, al-Mahmoud was appointed supervisor for the Justice Ministry and in 2005 he took over the Supreme Judicial Council that oversees courts nationwide.
Phone calls to the 80-year-old judge's office and to his spokesman were not immediately answered.