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Suspicious Bag Found Before It's Loaded On German Jet

In this April 20, 2010 file photo, an Air Berlin jet takes off at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany.

In this April 20, 2010 file photo, an Air Berlin jet takes off at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany. Gero Breloer/AP hide caption

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The AP cites German Federal Police who say authorities in Namibia found a suitcase with a fuse concealed inside sitting in the luggage hall in Windhoek. The bag was apparently intended for an Air Berlin flight going to the German capital. The BBC now adds a detonator was also inside but it's not clear if explosive material was also present. Bloomberg News reports the flight was delayed six hours, the passengers re-screened and all arrived safely today in Berlin.

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER TO BE DETAINED FOR QUESTIONING ON RAPE ALLEGATIONS

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a NGO conference at the UN Office in Geneva on the si

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a NGO conference at the UN Office in Geneva on the sideline of the first review of the United States by the UN Human Rights Council on November 5, 2010. FABRICE COFFRINI/Getty hide caption

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The SwedishWire says Swedish prosecutors have tried and failed to question Julian Assange about two rape allegations, so they've asked for a warrant to arrest him for questioning. Assange, whose Wikileaks website has published thousands of pages of secret documents on the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, says he's met the women but refused further comment about the matter. However, the Guardian notes a prior arrest warrant was issued for Assange, who apparently was questioned by Swedish authorities in August. The warrant and charges were dropped for lack of evidence. Assange says he's being smeared.

MURKOWSKI CLAIMS VICTORY

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski greets supporters after arriving in Anchorage, Alaska.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski greets supporters after arriving in Anchorage, Alaska. MICHAEL DINNEEN/FR7726 AP hide caption

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The results aren't official but the incumbent Alaskan Senator has a 10,000 vote lead over her closest competitor, Republican candidate Joe Miller. The Anchorage Daily News reports the Alaska GOP has asked Miller to concede in a 'dignified manner' (he has not).  Our Chief Political Junkie, Ken Rudin, spells out how hard her victory was - especially if you have to write a tricky name on your ballot.

ALBRIGHT, COHEN, KISSINGER AND MORE: RATIFY START

Vice President Biden has invited several former Secretaries of State, Defense and past and present members of Congress to the White House today to hector current senators into ratifying the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Politico's Laura Rozen has the latest guest list:

President Barack Obama will drop in on a meeting to be hosted by Vice President Joe Biden Thursday to discuss how to proceed on START treaty ratification, the White House said Wednesday.

Among the other attendees will be Secretary of State State Hillary Clinton, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and ranking Republican Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, James Baker, and Henry Kissinger; former Secretaries of Defense William Cohen and William Perry, former National Security Advisor General Brent Scowcroft, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright; and former Sen. Sam Nunn.

It's a party now. The White House is angry that Ariz. Senator John Kyl has indicated he doesn't think the treaty should come up for a vote in the Congressional lame duck session. Our Frank James has more.

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