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Reports: Brazil Arrests Key Al-Qaida Suspect

U.S. and Brazilian media reports say police have arrested a key al-Qaida operative in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.

The arrest was reported Tuesday by the Associated Press (AP) and Brazil's daily newspaper, Folha de S. Paulo.

The suspect was not identified by name, nor was his nationality given. But the AP said a federal police spokeswoman confirmed the newspaper's report that the suspect is a top player in al-Qaida's international communications.

She said the suspect is being held under laws that prohibit the promotion of racism in Brazil.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.