- - Thursday, December 29, 2011


Plane records video of U.S. aircraft carrier

TEHRAN | An Iranian surveillance plane has recorded video and photographed a U.S. aircraft carrier during Iran’s ongoing navy drill near a strategic waterway in the Persian Gulf, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.

The report did not provide details, and it was unclear what information the Iranian military could glean from such footage.

State TV showed what appeared to be the reported video, but it was not possible to make out the details of the carrier because the footage was captured from far away.

The Iranian exercise is taking place in international waters near the Strait of Hormuz - the passageway for one-sixth of the world’s oil supply.


Swiss sued over crash linked to Gadhafi in D.C.

GENEVA | The Swiss government faces a $10 million lawsuit over the death of a woman struck by a Swiss Embassy vehicle driven in Washington by a man linked to the family of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

The lawsuit was filed Dec. 22 by National War College law professor Harvey Rishikof. It targets Kamal Mortada, the driver of the sport utility vehicle that hit and killed Mr. Rishikof’s 64-year-old wife, Trudith, and Mr. Mortada’s employer, the Swiss Confederation.

The Swiss Foreign Ministry and the Swiss Embassy in Washington each said Thursday that they had not been formally notified of the lawsuit and would have no comment.

The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $10 million, plus legal costs.

Mr. Rishikof, reached by telephone Thursday, referred questions to his attorney. Emails sent to two lawyers listed on the lawsuit were not immediately returned.

Mr. Rishikof’s wife’s death on Oct. 6, one day before her 65th birthday, made headlines in Switzerland because of the mysterious re-emergence of Mr. Mortada, one of two servants who reported to Geneva police in 2008 that they were beaten by Gadhafi’s son Hannibal and his son’s wife, Aline.


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