ISLAMABAD — The co-owner of a catering company that organized events for the U.S. Embassy is among six men detained by Pakistan for allegedly helping the failed Times Square bombing suspect, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said Friday.
The suspects were part of a loose network motivated by hatred of America and the West, the Pakistani official told the Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.
No direct swap for Iranian, U.S. captives
TEHRAN, Iran — The mothers of three Americans jailed in Iran for 10 months left for home Friday, getting one last chance to embrace their children but failing to secure their immediate release.
In a glimmer of hope, Iran announced that two of its nationals held in Iraq by U.S. forces for years were freed Friday. The release raised the possibility that a behind-the-scenes swap was in the offing or that their release was a gesture of goodwill in an attempt to free the Americans.
The U.S. has said it is not offering a direct swap, and Iranian officials made no public connection between the freed Iranians and the Americans.
Workers taken off North Sea oil rig
OSLO, Norway — Norwegian oil company Statoil evacuated 89 workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea after encountering an unexpected change in pressure while drilling a well, a spokesman said Friday.
Statoil spokesman Gisle Johanson said the situation is "stable" and all safety systems are working properly. There is nothing to indicate a spill will take place, Johanson said.
He said 89 of the 229 workers on the Gullfaks C platform were taken off the rig as a precaution.