Two held in terror plot
Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida “elements” in Iran, police said Monday. Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, who live in Montreal and Toronto, were planning to derail a Via Rail passenger train in Toronto but posed no immediate threat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. “This is the first known al-Qaida planned attack that we’ve experienced in Canada,” Superintendent Doug Best told a news conference. Police said the men did not get financial support from al-Qaida, but declined to provide more details. Authorities said the attack was “in the planning stage but not imminent.”
Kerry to host meeting
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he would host a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday with top Afghan and Pakistani leaders. The meeting will be held the day after NATO foreign ministers gather to discuss the alliance’s role in Afghanistan after 2014, among other issues. President Hamid Karzai and Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi will represent the Afghan side. Pakistan will be represented by Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the army chief, and Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan’s foreign secretary.
U.S. fugitive caught
Police in Nicaragua have detained a U.S. man who was one of the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation, authorities confirmed Monday. Former schoolteacher Eric Justin Toth was detained Saturday in the city of Esteli, said Nicaraguan authorities. Toth, who taught third grade in Washington, D.C., was escorted off the school’s campus in June 2008 after another teacher reported finding sexually explicit photographs on a school camera in Toth’s possession. He had not been seen since he lost his job. The FBI said it put Toth on the most-wanted list last year because there were no reliable clues as to his whereabouts and because his Internet skills and alleged penchant for grooming children made him especially dangerous.
Compiled from wire reports.