World Digest: May 19, 2013

May 19, 2013
RUSSIA
Accused U.S. spy
flies out of Moscow

A U.S. Embassy employee accused of spying in Moscow flew out of Russia on Sunday, five days after he was ordered to leave the country, NTV reported. The television station broadcast video showing Ryan Fogle going through passport control and security at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Russia’s domestic security service announced Tuesday that Fogle, a 29-year-old third secretary at the embassy, had been caught trying to recruit a Russian counterterrorism officer. Russian authorities accuse Fogle of working for the CIA, and he was widely shown on Russian television wearing a blond wig.

The U.S. Embassy has confirmed that Fogle worked as an embassy employee but would give no details about his job. The CIA has declined to comment.

— Associated Press

NORTH KOREA
Projectile launched
into eastern waters

North Korea fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast Sunday, a day after launching three short-range missiles in the same area, officials said.

North Korea routinely test-launches short-range missiles. But the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy aimed at easing recent tension, including near-daily threats by North Korea to attack South Korea and the United States.

The fourth launch occurred Sunday afternoon, according to officials at Seoul’s Defense Ministry and Joint Chiefs of Staff. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing department rules, would not say whether it was a missile or artillery round.

On Saturday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles in the morning and another in the afternoon.

— Associated Press

PAKISTAN
Repeat vote held despite slaying

Pakistan moved ahead Sunday with a repeat election in an upscale area of the southern city of Karachi that was plagued with allegations of vote-rigging.

The balloting took place despite the shooting death of a senior member of former cricket star Imran Khan’s political party in Karachi on Saturday night.

Khan has blamed Zahra Shahid Hussain’s killing on the Muttahida Quami Movement, the same party he accused of vote-rigging in the May 11 election.

An MQM senator, Babar Ghori, denied the allegation.

Police officer Sarfaraz Nawaz said gunmen shot Shahid as they tried to snatch her purse in front of her home and then sped away on a motorcycle.

— Associated Press

Israeli minister proposes interim deal with Palestinians: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s senior coalition partner said that reaching a final peace agreement with the Palestinians is unrealistic at the moment and that the two sides should pursue an interim arrangement. Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s assessment was delivered in a published interview Sunday, days before the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, as the United States searches for ways to restart peace talks.

Ni­ger­ian military says 17 died during offensive: Nigeria’s military says its offensive against insurgents in the country’s restive northeast has killed at least 14 suspected Islamist extremists and three soldiers. Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, a military spokesman, said in a statement that one soldier was missing and that “forces have been engaging a large number of heavily armed terrorists” for the past two days.

— From news services

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