British police said on Thursday a man had been arrested on Whitehall, the street home to numerous government ministries in central London. Police said he will be charged with suspicion of terrorism. London's Metropolitan Police said the man in his late 20s was arrested Thursday "as part of an ongoing operation," and that knives were recovered. The incident happened close to Prime Minister Theresa May's official Downing Street residence in Westminster, but no one was injured but gave no further details. May was not at Downing Street at the time of the incident, her spokesman said. The incident comes just over a month after a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a car into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge killing four people before stabbing to death a police officer in the grounds of parliament.
A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank Thursday after colliding with a freighter off Istanbul, but according to the Russian defense ministry all crew members were rescued. Turkey's coastal safety authority confirmed all 78 crewmembers from the Russian frigate Liman were safe, as were all crew aboard the freighter, the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H. The freighter was carrying livestock, and with only slight damage to its bow, was able to sail back to port. The Defence Ministry said a hole was punched in the starboard side of the Liman during the collision, which occurred around midday Thursday about 40 kilometres northwest of the Bosphorus Strait. The cause of the collision wasn't immediately clear, but there was dense fog in the area at the time. The Liman was part of the Black Sea Fleet, which is on Crimea, the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The House Oversight Committee said Thursday that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned against taking foreign payments. Documents released Thursday show Flynn was advised in 2014 by the Defense Intelligence Agency not to accept foreign payments as he entered retirement. A letter from the agency reminded him that as a retired military officer, he was still barred from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments. The committee also released an April 11 letter indicating Flynn is under investigation by the Pentagon inspector general.
President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. That came just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that. The White House made the surprise announcement Wednesday in a read-out of calls involving Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The White House said "the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures," to work on renegotiating the deal. Trump said he believes "the end result will make all three countries stronger and better." Meanwhile Congress and the White House are nearing agreement on a $1 trillion spending bill days ahead of a government shutdown deadline, and President Trump's 100th day in office. The latest progress came after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments for lower-income Americans under the Affordable Care Act.
An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang has gone on for a week with no explanation. That's raising fears of potentially crippling pain at the pumps if things don't improve soon, and driving rumors that China is to blame. The shortage began last week when signs went up at Pyongyang gas stations informing customers that sales restrictions would be in place until further notice. Prices have shot up. At least one station was charging more than $5 a gallon, about double the typical price of a week ago. China supplies most of energy-poor North Korea's fuel, and in lieu of official explanations, rumors are rife that Beijing is behind the shortage. There are indications Beijing has been quietly tightening enforcement of some international sanctions.
Two Pakistani intelligence officials say an overnight suspected U.S. drone strike has killed seven militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border. The officials said Wednesday's strike in Zuwai village in North Waziristan was the first since 2014 when the Pakistan army launched a major military operation there. The officials said Thursday no high value militant was killed in the strike. Pakistan's tribal regions have been the scene of CIA drone strikes and Pakistani operations, forcing militants to flee toward Afghanistan and set up sanctuaries there.
Israel bombed an arms supply center operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah in Syria on Thursday, according to rebels and regional intelligence sources. The airstrikes near the Damascus airport targeted weapons allegedly sent into the country by Iran on commercial and military cargo planes. Syrian state media condemned what it called "Israeli aggression," saying the attack had caused material losses, without providing details on the damage. Israel normally does not comment on military involvement in Syria, but Intelligence Minister Israel Katz appeared to confirm the airstrikes, saying: "The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel's policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah."
Syria's government has condemned what it says are "lies and fabricated allegations" by the French foreign minister concerning a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from the April 4 sarin gas attack "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible. In a statement issued Thursday, the Syrian foreign ministry said Ayrault's remarks show "France's involvement in masterminding this crime." It also said France was not suited and had no legal authority to determine what happened in Khan Sheikhoun, the rebel-held town where the incident occurred.
Italian prosecutors are investigating six people for manslaughter, including the provincial governor, in a deadly avalanche this past winter at a mountain hotel that killed 29 people. The news agency ANSA reported Thursday that the investigation is targeting the Pescara provincial governor, Antonio Di Marco, the mayor of Farindola, Ilario Lacchetta, and the director of the Rigopiano hotel, Bruno Di Tomasso. Also under investigation are two provincial employees and a Farindola city hall worker. The deadly avalanche buried guests and hotel staff as they waited for a snow plow to clear roads of meters-deep snow so they could leave the hotel after being shaken by a series of strong earthquakes. Two people escaped the avalanche while nine, including four children, were pulled alive from the snow and debris days after the tragedy.
United Airlines says it will raise the limit - to $10,000 - on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights. It's also increasing training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat. United is also vowing to reduce, but not eliminate, overbooking - the selling of more tickets than there are seats on the plane. The airline made the promises Thursday as it released a report detailing mistakes that led to the April 9 incident on a United Express plane in Chicago. United isn't saying whether ticket sales have dropped since the removal of a 69-year-old passenger by three airport security officers, but the airline's CEO Oscar Munoz admits it could be damaging.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio says it had to euthanize a 29-year-old male polar bear after veterinarians determined he had liver cancer with limited treatment options. The bear named Nanuq fathered five surviving offspring in a species with a low reproductive rate. Three are cubs born to the zoo's two female polar bears last November. Nanuq also fathered Nora, who moved from Columbus to the Oregon Zoo, and Luna, who remains at the Buffalo Zoo. Officials say Nanuq was rescued as an orphaned cub in Alaska in 1988 and lived at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Wisconsin. He was moved to Buffalo in 2009 and to Columbus in 2012. The zoo says Nanuq surpassed the median life expectancy for such a bear by eight years.
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died Wednesday of complications from cancer. He was 73. Demme was best known for the 1991 horror-thriller The Silence of the Lambs, which starred Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Hannibal Lecter, and Jodie Foster as the novice FBI analyst following his trail. The film became only the third ever to win Academy Awards in all five top categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Demme followed up his Silence of the Lambs success with Philadelphia, one of the first major films to address the AIDS crisis. Demme also made the comedy Something Wild, and he oversaw Stop Making Sense, a critically acclaimed documentary on a Talking Heads concert tour.
Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Johnny Depp donned the getup of his swashbuckling alter ego and interacted with riders on Wednesday. Videos taken by park goers and shared on social media show Depp chatting with fans as they passed by on the ride's boats. He also spoke to a crowd outside. Depp returns to the big screen as Sparrow next month in the fifth film based on the ride. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" opens May 26, after opening at Shanghai Disneyland on May 11.