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December 28, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
It was one of the more chilling attacks on U.S. troops: an ambush on an isolated highway that left four American soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter dead and three Americans missing. Seven months later, two of the soldiers have yet to be found, but Thursday the military announced a break in the case that could reveal their fate. A U.S. statement said two men had been arrested in Ramadi, about 60 miles from the scene of the May 12 attack.
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December 27, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Abid Raza Zaidi winces occasionally as he tells how police hung him upside down and beat him with leather straps to get him to confess to taking part in a deadly bombing in Karachi. He remembers being forced to stand for hours without rest, and the strange serenity he felt when police said they had determined he was guilty and would execute him in the morning. The police eventually let him go.
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December 23, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
The wife of a U.S. businessman and former FBI agent who disappeared nine months ago during a trip to Iran said Saturday that she was leaving the country with no new clues about his whereabouts. Christine Levinson, wife of private investigator Robert Levinson, arrived in Iran with her son and sister Tuesday to retrace her husband's steps during what was supposed to have been a 24-hour trip in March to the southern Iranian island of Kish.
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December 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A main suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway wrote in an Internet chat session that she was dead, contributing to the decision last month to rearrest three men, Aruban prosecutors said. Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe have since been released. Chief prosecutor Hans Mos said he had done all he could in the case of the 18-year-old, who disappeared May 30, 2005. He refused to say which of the three suspects wrote the reference to Holloway.
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December 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Prosecutors in Aruba closed their investigation of the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, saying they still believe that three young men were involved in her death but can't prove it. They dismissed the case against the three young men who had been rearrested last month. None of the men talked in custody. If they were put on trial, the lack of evidence "would lead to an acquittal," the public prosecutor's office said in a statement. Holloway disappeared May 30, 2005.
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December 18, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
The wife of an American businessman who disappeared during a trip to Iran in March is scheduled to arrive here tonight to look for her husband, said Western diplomats and the man's family. Robert Levinson, a 59-year-old former FBI agent turned private investigator, came to Kish Island on March 8 to search for information about contraband and counterfeit tobacco products. At some point, the Coral Springs, Fla., resident disappeared. Iranian officials have told U.S.
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December 17, 2007 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The body of an elderly woman was discovered Sunday in the front passenger side of a crumpled car in a San Fernando Valley towing company's yard -- a day after paramedics had removed her son from the same vehicle after a crash, authorities said. The woman, whose identity was not released, had apparently been left in the car at the accident scene in Tarzana even as her son was taken to a hospital, police said.
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December 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A British man who was declared dead after disappearing at sea five years ago masterminded an elaborate life insurance fraud to pay off family debts and also lied to get a false passport, police said Saturday. John Darwin was declared officially dead after an apparent 2002 canoeing accident, but turned himself in to police a week ago, claiming to have amnesia. Police allege he faked his death in order to clear his family's debts and said he would appear before a court Monday.
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December 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge ordered the release of the last of three suspects rearrested last month in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, ruling that the evidence was not strong enough to continue holding him. Joran van der Sloot was arrested Nov. 21 along with Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, who were released Dec. 1 with a similar ruling. The three were the last people known to have seen Holloway, who vanished May 30, 2005. They have denied involvement in her disappearance.
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December 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Briton who claimed amnesia when he turned up at a police station five years after he went missing while canoeing in the North Sea has been arrested on suspicion of faking his death so his wife could collect insurance money. John Darwin, a former prison officer, had been declared dead when his canoe's wreckage washed ashore, and his reappearance has become front-page news.
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