American held in Russia for espionage to appear in court

Paul Whelan, a former US Marine, was arrested in Moscow at the end of December. (AFP)
Updated 22 January 2019
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American held in Russia for espionage to appear in court

  • Paul Whelan, a former US Marine, was arrested in Moscow at the end of December
  • Spying charges carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years in Russia

MOSCOW: An American man who is being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying is due in court.
Paul Whelan, a former US Marine, was arrested in Moscow at the end of December. The arrest raised speculation that he could be swapped for one of the Russians held in the US, such as gun rights activist Maria Butina, who has pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the US
Whelan is to appear in court on Tuesday where the judge is expected to extend his arrest.
Spying charges carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years in Russia.


Militants kill 6 Pakistani troops in southwest Baluchistan near Iran

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Militants kill 6 Pakistani troops in southwest Baluchistan near Iran

  • No one immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on militants and the Daesh group

QUETTA, Pakistan: Pakistani police say militants in two attacks on security forces killed six paramilitary troops in the southwestern Baluchistan bordering Iran.
Local police officer Hidayat Ullah said Monday that four troops were killed Sunday when gunmen opened fire on security forces in the town of Turbat. Two troops were killed in the southwestern town of Loralai a day earlier.
No one immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on militants and the Daesh group, which emerged as a major force behind violence in the region in recent years.
Sunday’s two attacks on Pakistani troops came days after an attack on Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard killed 27.
Iran claims that attack was “planned and carried out from inside Pakistan.” Pakistan rejected the charge and condemned the violence in Iran and offered cooperation.