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ARRAIGNED: Six men accused of links to defendants in the World Trade Center bombing were arraigned Thursday in the Philippines on illegal weapons and explosives charges. The defendants refused to enter a plea, so Judge Pable Inventor entered not guilty pleas for them. The men claim that weapons and explosives were planted in an apartment in a Manila suburb where they were arrested April 1 on suspicion of recruiting followers for terrorist attacks. Authorities say the men are affiliated with Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Egyptian cleric on trial in New York in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.AZNAR RELEASED: A conservative opposition leader whom many expect will become Spain's next prime minister left the hospital Thursday, a day after surviving an assassination attempt by Basque separatists. Jose Maria Aznar, 42, who heads the Popular Party, escaped serious injury in Wednesday's car bombing, thanks to his own heavily armored car. Sixteen other people were injured in the attack, five seriously. The bombing was believed to have been carried out by the Basque separatist group ETA.

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EXECUTED: A white supremacist threatened the governor and then declared himself at peace moments before being put to death in Arkansas for killing a Jewish pawn shop operator. Richard Wayne Snell was execution by injection Wednesday night at the state prison near Varner. In his final statement, Snell said: "Well, I had a lot to say, but you have me at an inconvenience. My mind is blurred, but I'm going to say a couple of words. Gov. (Jim Guy) Tucker, look over your shoulder, justice is on the way. I wouldn't trade places with you or any of your cronies."

MERCY PLANE CRASHES: A plane carrying a cancer patient and his wife to a hospital struggled to get off the ground and crashed shortly after takeoff in Coffeyville, Kan., killing the couple and the pilot. The flight Wednesday had been arranged by Angel Flight, a charity service that uses volunteer private pilots to transport people who need medical treatment. Pilot Robert Wilson, 70, was flying Ken Moore, 29, and his 26-year-old wife, Mary, to Houston where Moore was being treated for cancer that had spread to his colon, bladder, liver and lymph nodes.