Iranian authorities have arrested an American-Lebanese man who they said was linked to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, state broadcaster IRIB said on Tuesday. It named the man as Nizar Zakka, an IT expert who Lebanese media reported last week had disappeared on Sept. 18 after attending a conference in Tehran. “Nizar Zakka has deep ties to the U.S. intelligence and military establishment,” IRIB quoted an unnamed source as
By Ahmed Mohamed Hassan and Polina Devitt CAIRO/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian plane that crashed in Egypt was not struck from the outside and the pilot did not make a distress call before it disappeared from radar, a source in the committee analyzing the flight recorders said on Monday. The source declined to give more details but based his comments on the preliminary examination of the black boxes recovered from
By Nick Tattersall and Ercan Gurses ANKARA (Reuters) – A jubilant President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday cast the return of Turkey’s Islamist-rooted AK Party to single-party rule as a vote for stability that the world must respect, but opponents fear it heralds growing authoritarianism and deeper polarization. The AKP defied pollsters and even the expectations of its own strategists in a general election on Sunday, consolidating support from the right
By Yara Bayoumy and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday it would quit Syria peace talks if it found them unconstructive, citing the “negative role” of Saudi Arabia, in the latest twist in a spat between the regional rivals that bodes ill for efforts to ease turmoil across the Middle East. Increasingly bad-tempered exchanges between the conservative Sunni-ruled kingdom and the revolutionary Shi’ite theocracy have dampened hopes
Romanian prosecutors opened a criminal manslaughter investigation on Monday against the three owners of the Bucharest nightclub where a fire killed 31 people and injured nearly 200 during a weekend rock concert. On Monday, an unidentified man died of his injuries in hospital, bringing the death toll to 31, deputy prime minister Gabriel Oprea was quoted saying by local news agency Mediafax. The fire that ravaged the Colectiv nightclub is
Three Palestinians attacked Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank and civilians in the Tel Aviv suburbs with knives on Monday and one of them was shot dead, Israeli authorities said. Now in its second month, the worst spate of violence since the 2014 Gaza war has been caused by tensions over Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, a site sacred to both Muslims and Jews, and by deadlocked talks with Israel
By Tom Miles and Marina Depetris GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of migrants and refugees entering Europe by sea last month was roughly the same as that for the whole of 2014, United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday. The monthly record of 218,394 also outstripped September’s 172,843, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said. The UNHCR puts 2014 arrivals by sea at about 219,000.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s domestic intelligence service said Monday it has compiled a single list of its sources among extremist groups, fulfilling a key demand from lawmakers investigating the agency’s failure to crack down on a far-right terror group.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The latest in the nighclub fire in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, that killed at least 31 people. All times local.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising on Wall Street Monday as the market comes off its biggest monthly gain in four years. Health care stocks were among the winners in midday trading as drugmakers Pfizer and AbbVie climbed.