Italy takes steps in face of threats
ROME - Italian officials have increased security at 14,000 potential targets over the shooting of a nuclear-energy company official and letter bombs directed at the Italian tax-collection agency.
The Interior Ministry on Thursday announced the enhanced measures, which include assigning bodyguards to 550 people and deploying 16,000 law enforcement officers.
The Informal Anarchist Federation claimed responsibility for shooting Roberto Adinolfi, CEO of Ansaldo Nucleare, in the leg and pledged further actions against the parent company, state-controlled Finmeccanica.
Former hostage accused of plotBOGOTA, Colombia - One of a dozen provincial lawmakers kidnapped by the country's main rebel group a decade ago has been arrested for allegedly helping the insurgents plan the daring daylight abduction.
Colombians were stunned Thursday to learn of the arrest of Sigifredo Lopez, 48, on suspicion of murder and hostage-taking. The news was especially alarming because he was the only one among the 12 who escaped execution by rebels in 2007 under circumstances that remain unclear.