BEIJING -- Chinese authorities announced Wednesday the arrest of five men described as Islamic jihadists who they say helped orchestrate an audacious attack near Tiananmen Square, the political heart of the nation that left five people dead.
In a brief message posted on its microblog account, the Beijing Public Security Bureau said the arrested men, all ethnic Uighurs from China's western Xinjiang region, had enlisted a family of three to drive a vehicle across a crowded sidewalk Monday and then ignite the car at the foot of the Tiananmen Gate.
Two tourists were killed and 40 people were injured as the vehicle sped toward the entrance to the Forbidden City, just yards from the iconic portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong. Authorities had previously reported 38 injuries.
Muslim activist arrested
CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces on Wednesday captured Essam el-Erian, one of the last few prominent leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood still at large after a crackdown on the group that began with the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, its ally.
The seizure of Mr. Erian, a senior leader in the Brotherhood's political arm and an adviser to the president, appears to complete the incarceration of the organization's top leaders less than 18 months after they stood on the brink of consolidating power over the presidency and Parliament.
Rift in Syria talks
BEIRUT -- Syria's President Bashar Assad told U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday that no political solution can be reached in Syria without an end to international support for the fighters battling his government, underscoring how far apart the sides remain as global powers attempt to arrange peace talks next month.
"The success of any political solution is tied to stopping support for terrorist groups and pressuring their patron states," Assad told Mr. Brahimi, the joint special representative from the United Nations and the Arab League, in Damascus during their first meeting in nearly a year, Syrian state television reported. "Only the Syrian people are authorized to shape the future of Syria."
2 terror attacks foiled
TUNIS, Tunisia -- A suicide bomber and a teenager carrying a backpack loaded with explosives attacked two sites popular with tourists Wednesday.
No one was killed besides the suicide bomber, who was stopped by security guards from entering the Riadh Palm hotel in Sousse, a resort city 90 miles south of the capital, Tunis, then was chased to a beach where he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said.
In the foiled attack in nearby Monastir, an 18-year-old followed a group of tourists into the mausoleum of modern Tunisia's founder, Habib Bourguiba, carrying a backpack full of TNT. He attempted to distract security by tossing a firework before being subdued, said Hicham Gharbi, a spokesman for the presidential guard, which patrols the site.
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