Two Foreigners Reported Kidnapped in Kabul
Unknown armed men have kidnapped two foreigners, thought to be a U.S. citizen and an Australian, in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The two are believed to be employees of the American University of Afghanistan.
A local police official in the area who requested anonymity told VOA's Afghan service that men disguised in National Security forces uniforms kidnapped the foreigners Sunday night.
The U.S. State Department said in a statement it is "aware of reports of a U.S. citizen kidnapped in Kabul," but did not provide any more information.
The Australian government confirmed the "apparent kidnapping" of one its citizens."
Kabul police have launched an investigation and an operation is under way to find the abductees.
Iran Executes Nuclear Scientist for Spying for the US
Iran has executed a nuclear scientist who was convicted of giving top secret information about Tehran's controversial nuclear program to the United States.
The execution of Shahram Amiri was confirmed Sunday by Iran's official news agency, IRNA. "Through his connection with the United States, Amiri gave vital information about the country to the enemy," said judicial spokesman Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi.
Ejehi said a court had sentenced Amiri to death, a sentence that was upheld by Iran's Supreme Court.
Amiri left for Saudi Arabia in 2009 and relocated to the United States a year later. U.S. officials said they paid Amiri about $5 million to leave Iran and provide information about Iran's nuclear program.
A U.S. official said in 2010 that the U.S. received "useful information" from Amiri.