New York

Airline threats prompt searches

Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving four international flights at airports in New York and New Jersey. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done on three of the jets as a precaution. In one instance, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft, the FBI said. A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight also was checked, authorities said. A third threat was made against an American Airlines jet flying from Birmingham, England, to Kennedy while it was in the air, an airline spokesman said.

New Jersey

Man with Lassa fever dies

A New Jersey man died after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said. The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City's JFK International Airport on May 17. He grew critically ill after his return, suffering from multiple organ failure. Health officials said they don't think the case is cause for public alarm. Lassa fever is not spread through casual contact.


Reporter's trial will be closed

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will go on trial Tuesday on espionage charges in a Tehran courtroom that will be closed to the public, including his family. Martin Baron, executive editor of the Post, said that both Rezaian's mother and his wife, a journalist who faces related charges and will be tried separately, have been barred from attending.


U.N. peace talks postponed

A United Nations-sponsored Yemeni peace conference that was to start Thursday in Geneva has been indefinitely postponed, officials said, as battles raged across the country. The talks were meant to end weeks of heavy fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes against an Iran-backed rebel group amid a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in the Arab world's poorest country short of food and fuel. Three officials from the Houthi, socialist and unionist parties said that no new date had been set.


Soldier opens fire on troops

A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops inside the central army barracks in the capital, killing seven soldiers and wounding 10 others, the Tunisian Defense Ministry said. The soldier was killed. The shooting caused alarm in the capital, Tunis, where security forces have been on full alert since two gunmen attacked the National Bardo Museum in March, killing 21 tourists and a police officer. The police blamed extremist Islamist groups that had trained the Tunisian gunmen in camps in western Libya for that attack. It was not immediately clear what prompted the soldier to open fire on his colleagues during the morning salute.


Dozen injured in powerful blast

A powerful truck bomb rammed into a government compound in southern Afghanistan, wounding more than 70 people, authorities said. At least one person besides the bomber was killed by the explosion in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province, according to the provincial security chief, Ghulam Jilani Farahi. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

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