Three suspected al Qaeda terrorists arrested last week in Spain appear to have been interested in targeting a Gibraltar-area shopping mall in a strike that was likely intended to coincide with the London Olympic Games, an analyst says.
In what the interior minister calls one of Spain's largest operations against al Qaeda, security services said Thursday they arrested three suspected terrorists who might have been plotting attacks on U.S. or British targets.
If you want to get away from it all when traveling in Greece, head for the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Studded with antiquities, this land of ancient Olympia, Corinth and Sparta offers plenty of fun in the eternal Greek sun, with pleasant fishing villages, sandy beaches, bathtub-warm water, and none of the tourist crowds that plague the much-scrambled-after Greek Isles.
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The British man who reappeared five years after he was thought to have drowned changed his identity during his disappearance and tried to buy a catamaran to go "sailing around the world," a boat dealer said Friday.
I was in Athens, on a rooftop restaurant under a floodlit Acropolis, marveling at how a Greek salad never gets boring. It was the last day of a trip I enjoyed with my wife Anne. I was reviewing, as I always do after completing an itinerary, how effectively our time was spent. We had kept our focus more on seeing historic sights on the mainland rather than luxuriating on Aegean Islands. Given that focus, here are the top 10 stops -- in itinerary order -- that make what I consider the best two weeks Greece has to offer:
When in southern Spain, I can't resist popping into the British colony of Gibraltar. Gibraltar is hardly sign-posted in Spain, as if Spain wishes the British colony didn't exist. (Drivers follow highway signs to La Linea, the last Spanish town.) But when you see that famous "Rock of Prudential" standing boldly above the sea, you know it's here to stay.
While helicopter-dropped food packages dominate the headlines, another army of workers are scrambling behind the scenes to make the water filtration systems, logistics arrangements and other specialized equipment needed for the disaster response effort.