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Yemen Detains Australian Woman for Suspected Militant Ties

Authorities in Yemen have detained an Australian woman for suspected ties to a militant group and have placed her two young children under house arrest.

A lawyer for Shyloh Giddens said Wednesday his client was arrested in mid-May along with at least one Bangladeshi woman who has since been deported.

Attorney Abdul Rahman Barman says Giddens, who converted to Islam, moved to Yemen in 2006. He says Yemeni authorities have not provided any specific reason for her arrest.

The French News Agency quotes Barman as saying people get arrested in Yemen based on "wrong U.S. intelligence information." He says many are accused of having links to al-Qaida.

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