MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's domestic security agency says it has arrested a Lithuanian citizen suspected of spying.
The Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency known under its Russian acronym FSB, said the suspect was caught Tuesday while receiving classified documents from a Russian man. It said in a statement that the suspect admitted being an officer of Lithuanian military intelligence and was put in Moscow's Lefortovo jail.
PARIAMAN, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has sentenced a Japanese grandfather to life imprisonment for smuggling methamphetamine into the country.
Masaru Kawada, 73, was arrested in November at Minangkabau Airport in West Sumatra's capital Padang, after customs officials found 2.35 kilograms (5.18 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine in his luggage.
The District Court in Pariaman found Kawada guilty on Wednesday of violating anti-drug law....
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they've found no evidence that there was a plot to attack a popular Carnival parade in Braunschweig, which was canceled in February because police said there was a "concrete threat."
Hannover prosecutor Joerg Froehlich said Wednesday that after more than three months of investigation, authorities found "neither evidence of an imminent attack nor of a criminal group."
BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping has warned that religions in China must be independent from foreign influence as Beijing asks domestic religious groups to adapt to Chinese society and pledge loyalty to the state.
China is ruled by the atheist Communist Party and Beijing tries to control a variety of religions and their spread.
Xi made the remarks Wednesday at a high-profile meeting seeking to unite non-Communist Party groups and individuals. His...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The International Monetary Fund says that reconstruction of the Gaza Strip is going "far more slowly than expected" after a devastating war between Israel and the Hamas militant group last year.
In a report released Tuesday, the IMF said that just over a quarter of the $3.5 billion pledged for reconstruction has been disbursed. The pledges were made in an international conference in Cairo hosted after the end of the 50-day war last summer....
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say that Islamic State extremists have seized almost full control of the ancient town of Palmyra, though it remained unclear how close to the famed archaeological site they have come.
The Syrian Observatory for human rights reported that government forces collapsed in the face of IS attacks and withdrew from the town late on Wednesday.
A media collective for Palmyra also says that IS was now in control of most of the...