22:29 12Dec13 ROME (Reuters) - An Italian man kidnapped in Nigeria last week has been released, the Italian foreign ministry said on Thursday without giving further details. Marcello Rizzo, 55, from Sicily, was working for the Italian construction company Gitto Costruzioni when he was kidnapped in the Niger delta in southern Nigeria. "We can confirm he has been freed but we have no more information to give at the moment," a foreign ministry spokeswoman said when asked about reports on Italian news agencies. The Italian government announced Rizzo had been kidnapped on December 6, but officials said he was reported missing a few days earlier.
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday set a trial date for three militants, including an alleged senior al Qaeda figure, charged in the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan set a date of November 3, 2014 and ordered the three defendants to stand trial together rather than separating the cases. The defendants are Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, a Libyan seized by U.S. forces on October 5; Bernard Kleinman, who represents Liby, said his preparation would be slowed by the fact that his client speaks little English, requiring an interpreter for meetings and a translator for documents that need to be reviewed by Liby.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds, prompting Portland fans to chant "MVP! MVP!" during the Trail Blazers' 111-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.