Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Ahmadinejad: Iran to reveal new nuke achievements

TEHRAN, Iran

Iran may soon reveal nuclear gains

Iran will soon unveil "big new" nuclear achievements, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday while reiterating Tehran's readiness to revive talks with the West over his country's controversial nuclear program. Ahmadinejad spoke at a rally in Tehran as tens of thousands of Iranians marked the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the pro-Western monarchy and brought Islamic clerics to power. "Within the next few days the world will witness the inauguration of several big new achievements in the nuclear field," Ahmadinejad told the crowd in Tehran's famous Azadi, or Freedom, square. He did not elaborate on the upcoming announcement.

30 million lose email access: The semiofficial Mehr news agency reported Saturday that more than 30 million people in Iran lost access to foreign email services such as Gmail, Yahoo mail and Hotmail. Mehr quoted national telecommunications authorities as saying they were not responsible for the outage.

CAIRO

Top U.S. general, Egyptian leader meet

The Pentagon's top general met Saturday with the head of Egypt's ruling military council amid the fraying of bilateral relations over a criminal case against 16 American civil society workers. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey spoke with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and other members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has ruled Egypt since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak last year. Official statements on the meeting gave no details on their talks about the grim backdrop of the visit — Egypt's crackdown on American nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs. Egypt is prosecuting 43 NGO workers from such U.S.-funded groups as the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute. At least 16 Americans, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, are among those facing charges of illegally receiving foreign funds.

MANAMA, Bahrain

Bahrain deports two American women

Bahrain deported two American women Saturday accused of aiding antigovernment activists after entering on tourist visas, officials and activists said. The announcement comes amid escalating tensions ahead of the one-year anniversary of the uprising against the Gulf kingdom's rulers. The two women, identified by Bahraini authorities as Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath, were ordered out of the country after being arrested at a protest in the capital, Manana, said Bahrain's Information Affairs Authority. Officials offered no other details about the deportation or the two women. The U.S. Embassy said it is looking into the reports.

BERLIN

Man gets life term for killing U.S. airmen

A 22-year-old native of Kosovo was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison Friday for the killing of two U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport last year. German prosecutors said the defendant, Arid Uka, became radicalized through jihadist propaganda, including songs and videos posted on the Internet, but that he had acted on his own in carrying out the murders. The state court in Frankfurt also found Uka guilty of three counts of attempted murder for wounding two other airmen and threatening a third with his pistol. The men he killed were Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, from South Carolina; and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, from Virginia.

LONDON

Hacker says porn site users compromised

A hacker claims to have compromised the personal information of more than 350,000 users after breaking into a disused website operated by pornography provider Brazzers. Kate Miller, director of communications for site owner Manwin Holding SARL, said Saturday it was "currently investigating the issue" but that no credit card information has been leaked. In an email, she blamed the hacker for "illegal and prohibited cyber criminal activities." A sample of the hundreds of thousands of pieces of user data allegedly compromised was posted to the Internet. Emails, usernames, and encrypted passwords were divulged, and in some cases it was possible to infer porn users' full names and country of origin. The hacker claiming responsibility identified himself only as a 17-year-old living in Morocco and claimed allegiance to Anonymous, the global movement of cyber-mischief-makers who have carried out attacks on record companies, the Church of Scientology, and the FBI.

SAN FRANCISCO

Remains identified as serial killers' victim

Human remains uncovered in Northern California with the help of convicted killer and death row inmate Wesley Shermantine have been preliminarily identified as one of his victims. San Joaquin sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia said Saturday that dental records identified the remains found Thursday in Calaveras County as those of Cyndi Vanderheiden. Investigators say Shermantine and childhood friend Loren Herzogmay are responsible for as many as 15 killings. They were called the "Speed Freak Killers" because of their methamphetamine-fueled 1980s killing spree. Authorities continued searching an abandoned well that may hold 10 more bodies.

Elsewhere

Guatemala City: Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said Saturday that he will propose legalizing drugs in Central America in an upcoming meeting with the region's leaders.

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