Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Mauritania arrest, shooting in France and Nebraska tornadoes: Morning roundup

Abdullah al-Senussi is a very wanted man. The ex-spy chief for assassinated Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was arrested shortly after he arrived in Mauritania on a flight late Friday night, the Wall Street Journal reports. Libya, France and the International Criminal Court all say they want Senussi.


Abdullah al-Senussi. (Dario Lopez-Mills - AP)

The ex-spy chief is wanted by France for an airliner bombing in 1989, by the ICC for crimes against humanity, and by Libya who wants to put him on trial for attacks by security forces on anti-Gaddafi protesters. The three may engage in a legal tug of war for Senussi.

More of your morning links below:

Natural disasters

A pair of tornadoes in Nebraska damaged several homes and derailed at least 15 train cars. One person was rescued after being trapped inside a house. (Associated Press)

Shootings in France, Syria

A shooter on a motor scooter opened fire on a group of schoolchildren this morning outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, killing at least four people and wounding at least six others. The dead include a rabbi and his two children along with the daughter of the school principal. Police are now searching for the attacker. (Washington Post)

Syrian security forces clashed with gunmen in an upscale area of Damascus on Monday. It was one of the worst confrontations in the city since the country’s year-long uprising began. Three people were killed. (Washington Post)

Protest movements

Topless protests are planned in Ukraine against the handling of a case involving a gang-raped teenager. “We want to scare men who think they can treat women like animals. We want to let the world know what is happening in this country and to stop it,” a protester from the feminist group Femen said. (ABC News)

Russian police detained about 100 protesters outside a television station loyal to the Kremlin. The station aired a documentary-style program depicting the opposition as paid agents of the U.S. (Associated Press)

Seventy people were taken into custody at Zuccotti park. Hundreds of protesters returned to the park Saturday to mark six months since the movement began. (BusinessWeek)

Suspected Afghan shooter

Three days before the Afghan shooting rampage, the house of Sgt. Robert Bales was put up for a short sale. It was only the latest in a series of physical and emotional strains on the soldier. (The Post)

A Taliban commander expressed skepticism that just one soldier carried out the massacre last week. “The foreigners and the puppet regime [in Afghanistan] are blind to the truth of what happened here,” a Taliban official said. (CNN)

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