Netherlands

Police arrest seven men

suspected of extremist plot

Seven men were arrested Thursday in the Netherlands on suspicion of plotting a large-scale extremist attack that Dutch prosecutors said they think was foiled following a months-long investigation.

The national prosecutor's office said in a statement that heavily armed police arrested the men in the towns of Arnhem, about 62 miles south of Amsterdam, and Weert in the southern Netherlands close to the borders of Germany and Belgium.

The investigation was launched by intelligence suggesting the alleged ring leader, a 34-year-old man of Iraqi heritage, wanted to carry out an attack at the site of a large event and cause multiple casualties, according to the statement. An investigation of potential targets was continuing.

 

Youth leader on trial

in branding at camp

A youth leader in the Netherlands went on trial Thursday for branding three children with a hot iron during a Scouting initiation ceremony.

Prosecution spokeswoman Elke Kool said the 23-year-old suspect is accused of burning two letters into the backs of three children between the ages of 11 and 13 at a camp in Belgium last summer. Dutch broadcaster RTL reported that the man's defense lawyer told the court his client did not realize the iron was hot and had accidentally branded the children.

 

BRAZIL

Petrobras pays penalties;

US to receive funds

Brazil's state oil company Petrobras said Thursday it had agreed to pay more than $850 million in penalties for bookkeeping violations related to bribes to Brazilian politicians and political parties.

Petrobras said in a securities filing that the penalties total $853.2 million. It said Brazil will receive 80 percent of that amount and the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission will receive 10 percent each.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires