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American Detained in Pakistan After Trying to Board Plane with Bullets

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) -- An American was briefly detained in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday after trying to board a plane with a magazine and 17 bullets for a 9mm pistol, according to Pakistani police and U.S. officials.

Dawn, Pakistan’s largest English-language newspaper, posted a picture of the American’s passport identifying him as Charles Arthur Williams, a 41-year-old from Mississippi.

Without confirming Williams’ name, a U.S. official said the American detained Tuesday morning has diplomatic immunity and works for the embassy in Islamabad, but was on “temporary duty,” or TDY, in the United States’ Peshawar consulate.

Williams has been released by Pakistani police and is now at the consulate, according to police.

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Ousted Egyptian President in Stable Condition; To Appear in Court

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Doctors at the hospital where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is staying say he is in stable condition after being admitted with heart problems.

The ousted leader was formally detained Wednesday by state prosecutors and he's now expected to be transferred from the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital to a medical facility in Cairo where he's been called into court.

Egyptian state TV says Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, will appear in a Cairo court on Tuesday, April 19.  The hearing is believed to be related to the 15-day detention all three have been put under by the prosecutor general.  They're being investigated on allegations of corruption, abuse of power and ordering the killings of protesters.

Pro-democracy activists have been demanding Mubarak be put on trial.  Many believe if he is not formally charged, another wave of mass protests could break out against the new military government.

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Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Detained for 15 Days

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Pro-democracy reformers demanding that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak be investigated for his role in the violence and deaths of many protesters during the popular uprising that swept him from power are closer to having their wish granted.

On Wednesday, the ousted leader, along with his two sons, were taken into custody.

Egypt's prosecutor general ordered the detention of Mubarak for 15 days.  The former president will be investigated into allegations of corruption, abuse of authority and the killings of protesters.

It's a watershed moment for Egypt's justice system -- no ruler in the Arab world has ever faced such severe charges.

Mubarak is currently in a hospital being treated for heart problems and he's expected to remain there for his detention.

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Prominent Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Detained and Missing

PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- The internationally acclaimed and controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been missing since Sunday morning after being detained while going through immigration at the airport in Beijing.

Authorities separated him from staff he was travelling with and turned off his cell phone.

Shortly after Ai was detained, 40 police officers arrived at his studio and raided it, confiscating dozens of items and taking away eight of his assistants.

A Twitter message sent from his office said, "There are police at the front and back doors, no way to go in or out."

Ai's staff members were released a few hours later, but no one has heard from Ai Weiwei.

If he remains in custody, this will be the most high-profile detention yet in a government crackdown in which dozens of dissidents and activists have been swept up.  All mention of Ai's arrest has been deleted from Chinese websites.  And Beijing police officials have not commented.

Ai's assistant, who was travelling to Hong Kong with Ai when he was taken into custody, told the BBC, "I went back to check with the security officers and they said, 'He has other business. You go on the flight on your own.'"

The arrests appear to be related to the government's concern over an online call for a "jasmine revolution."  Some of those detained have been charged with "inciting subversion of state power," the same charged Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo faced.  He is serving an 11 year prison sentence.  Ai Weiwei was blocked from leaving China in December ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.

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Three BBC Team Members Detained for 21 Hours in Libya

ANTOINE LAMBROSCHINI/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Three men working for the BBC news were "detained and mistreated" by the Libyan military for 21 hours before being released Tuesday, according to the news organization.

On Monday, Feras Killani, who is Palestinian, Chris Cobb-Smith, who is British, and Goktay Koraltan, a Turkish man, were stopped at a checkpoint on their way to Zawiya, where members of Libya's army and secret police reportedly accused the three crew members of spying.

The team was next taken to a military barracks in Tripoli. Killani, a BBC Arabic reporter, described their detention at the barracks:

"In one cell there were about 10 to 12 prisoners. Two of them were Egyptians, the others Libyans.  The majority of them were from Zawiya," he said. "I understood from other guys that they were fighters, or that they were accused of fighting against Moammar Gadhafi's army."

Killani added that the other prisoners appeared to have "evidence of torture" on their bodies and faces.

At various points in the ordeal, the trio were beaten with fists, knees and rifles.  They were also hooded and subjected to mock executions. 

Finally, Killani said, "One man said to me 'sorry it was a mistake by the military.' But he said we were wrong first because we went out without permission."

The men were later released and flown out of Libya following several more hours of detention, according to the BBC.

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Report: Egyptian Army Detaining Thousands, Torturing Some

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LONDON) -- Hundreds and possibly thousands of people have been rounded up by the Egyptian military since massive anti-government protests began more than two weeks ago, according to Britain's The Guardian, dispelling the army's contention that it’s remaining neutral in the crisis.

Human rights activists have told the newspaper that some of those detained have been tortured.

Acting on those reports, The Guardian said it has interviewed former detainees who've spoken of beatings at the hands of the military in what seems to be a campaign of intimidation to break the back of opposition forces calling for the immediate ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

For years, Egyptians have accused Mubarak's state security intelligence (SSI) of regularly abusing political opponents with the army typically absolved of any blame.

These new reports suggest that the Egyptian government is now employing drastic measures to retain control.  While human rights activists and journalists have been released from custody since the unrest began in late January, there are allegations of thousands of people disappearing throughout Egypt.

One activist told The Guardian, "Their range is very wide, from people who were at the protests or detained for breaking curfew to those who talked back at an army officer or were handed over to the army for looking suspicious or for looking like foreigners even if they were not.  It's unusual and to the best of our knowledge it's also unprecedented for the army to be doing this."

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Egypt: Google Manager and Activist Released By Government

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- A Google executive believed to be a key person in rallying demonstrations that have nearly toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, was released Monday after nearly two weeks in detention.

Wael Ghonim, a marketing manager at Google who disappeared more than a week ago, was freed Monday by the Egyptian government.  The longtime activist, who organized protests through social media, was captured by security forces on Jan. 28.

In one of his last tweets on Jan. 27, Ghonim expressed his strong passion against the current regime.  "Pray for #Egypt.  Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people.  We are all ready to die," he wrote.

Dissenters who were taken into custody in recent days have emerged to describe scary details.  Al Jazeera English correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, who was detained for a day, told ABC News that he was bound, blindfolded and threatened.  While he was in custody, he heard people being tortured in neighboring rooms.

"People who were sitting next to us who were in the crowd -- not journalists -- they were slapped, they were kicked, they were beaten," Mohyeldin said.  "I saw them use a great deal of violence against the people who were there."

New York Times reporter Nick Kulish, who was also detained, told ABC News he also heard people being tortured in neighboring rooms while he was in jail.

"We spoke to hundreds of people and they all said the same thing, which was you know, that police abuse, violence by the police was one of the things that they were fighting against," Kulish said.

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