- - Thursday, July 5, 2012

SYRIA

LONDON — The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said Thursday it was publishing material from 2.4 million Syrian emails - many of which it said came from official government accounts.

WikiLeaks‘ Sarah Harrison told journalists at London’s Frontline Club that the emails reveal interactions between the Syrian government and Western companies, although she declined to go into much further detail.

Ms. Harrison quoted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as saying that “the material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s external opponents.”

WikiLeaks posted only a handful of the documents to its website Thursday.

GREECE

Terror suspects vanish in middle of trial

ATHENS — Two suspected members of a Greek domestic terrorist group have gone missing in the middle of their trial, officials said Thursday, prompting orders for a judicial investigation and the suspension of an Athens police official.

Nikos Maziotis and his wife, Panagiota Roupa, have been on trial since October with six other people as alleged members of Revolutionary Struggle, a group best known for firing a rocket-propelled grenade into the U.S. Embassy in Athens in 2007.

The group, which first appeared in 2003, has claimed responsibility for numerous bomb attacks in Athens, including against the Athens Stock Exchange, as well as for planting a massive bomb that failed to explode outside Citibank offices.

The couple - who have admitted being members of the group - were arrested in April 2010 but were released in October last year after spending the maximum 18 months in pretrial detention. They had been ordered to appear at a police station in Athens three times a month, but authorities said Thursday they had missed their last two appointments, one June 15 and one Sunday.

WEST BANK

Aide: Palestinian leader wants more on Arafat

RAMALLAH — An aide said the Palestinian leader wants more information from a Swiss lab before deciding whether to dig up the remains of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat.

Doctors at the lab said they found elevated levels of the radioactive agent polonium-210 on clothing reportedly worn by Arafat before his death in November 2004.

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