May 20, 2013 in Nation/World

In brief: Russian TV: Accused U.S. spy has left

From Wire Reports
 

MOSCOW – The U.S. Embassy employee accused of spying in Moscow flew out of Russia on Sunday, five days after he was ordered to leave the country, NTV television reported.

The Kremlin-loyal TV station broadcast video Sunday evening showing Ryan Fogle going through passport control and security at Sheremetyevo International Airport. He also was pictured in the company of embassy staff as he wheeled a suitcase into the Moscow airport, which is used by Delta Air Lines for its direct flights to New York.

Russian security services announced Tuesday that Fogle, a 29-year-old third secretary in the U.S. Embassy, had been caught trying to recruit a Russian counterterrorism officer. Fogle, who was accused of working for the CIA, was widely shown on Russian television wearing a blond wig.

The U.S. Embassy on Sunday again refused to comment on the case.

Little is known publicly about Fogle’s duties and activities in Russia.

The U.S. State Department confirmed that Fogle worked as an embassy employee but would give no details about his job.

Iran reportedly hangs Israeli spies

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s state radio says authorities have executed two men convicted of spying for Israel’s Mossad and the American CIA intelligence agency.

Sunday’s report says Mohammad Heidari, who was accused of providing Mossad with classified information in return for money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, who allegedly gave the CIA intelligence on Iran, were hanged.

The report didn’t say when the men were arrested or tried.

Iran occasionally says it has dismantled Western spying networks in the country and announces arrests of individuals on espionage charges.

Tehran accuses Israel and the U.S. of spying on its vital interests, particularly its nuclear program, which the West suspects is aimed at producing an atomic weapon. Tehran denies the charge.

Abducted Egyptians shown in video

CAIRO – Seven men purported to be the members of Egypt’s security forces kidnapped by suspected militants last week appeared in a video posted online Sunday and urged the government to secure their release by meeting their captors’ demands.

The video, posted on YouTube, is the first sign of the six policemen and one border guard since they were abducted by gunmen on the road from the Sinai Peninsula to Cairo on Thursday. Egyptian security officials said they believed the men in the clip were the missing personnel and that authorities were treating the matter seriously.

Authorities have been in contact with the kidnappers through mediators. The kidnappers have demanded the release of several militants held in Egyptian jails, including some convicted during former President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, officials say.

Pakistan holds re-vote in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan – Pakistan is holding a repeat election in an upmarket area of the southern city of Karachi that was plagued with allegations of vote-rigging.

The vote is going ahead Sunday despite the shooting death of a senior member of former cricket star Imran Khan’s political party in Karachi the previous night.

Khan has blamed Zahra Shahid’s killing on the Muttahida Quami Movement, the same party he accused of vote rigging in the May 11 election.

An MQM senator, Babar Ghori, denied the allegation.

Police officer Sarfaraz Nawaz said gunmen shot Shahid on Saturday night as they tried to snatch her purse in front of her home and then sped away on a motorcycle.

He said they made it look like a robbery, but it could have been a targeted killing.

Benghazi explosion called an accident

TRIPOLI, Libya – Libya’s deputy prime minister says an investigation has indicated that a deadly explosion in Benghazi last week was an accident and not an attack.

Awd el-Buraasi told reporters in Tripoli Sunday that military officials do not believe that the blast in a busy area of Benghazi was planned. Three people were killed in the incident.

Benghazi, where Libya’s 2011 revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi began, has suffered a series of assassinations and attacks on security and diplomatic missions over the past year, including the attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed the ambassador and three others.


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