Athens, July 15 (AP/UNB) — A Greek man has been detained for questioning in the slaying of an American scientist on the island of Crete, police said Monday.
Authorities said the 27-year-old man detained Monday was one of 10 people interviewed over the weekend for the investigation of Suzanne Eaton's slaying. He was not named in accordance with Greek law.
Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist, was attending a conference on Crete when she went missing on July 2. Her body was found six days later in a tunnel used as a storage site during World War II.
A coroner has said her death resulted from a criminal act but did not elaborate.
The detained man, police said, was being questioned in the port city of Chania in connection with the killing.
Homicide detectives traveled from Athens to the island to head the investigation. Police and Fire Service officials had taken part in an extensive search for Eaton, who is believed to have gone for a run before her disappearance.
Eaton was from New York state but had been living and working in Germany at the Max Planck Institute in eastern city of Dresden. In messages on the Institute's website, her brother, Rob Eaton, described his sister as kind and intelligent.
"I have lost a sister. The world has lost more than it will ever know," he wrote. "I will miss our animated conversations. I would always walk away with a head full of new ideas and enthusiasm. Most of all I will miss the kindest, wisest person I will probably ever know."
Belgrade, July 15 (AP/UNB) — French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to help get stalled negotiations in a dispute between Serbia and Kosovo going again, describing the issue as a test for Europe.
During a visit to Serbia on Monday, Macron also expressed support for Serbia's application to join the European Union even as he reiterated that he thinks the EU must adopt reforms before adding more new members.
Macron's two-day visit is intended to rebuild relations between Serbia and France. Their historically close ties were damaged when NATO forces bombed Serbia in 1999 over the country's actions in Kosovo and weakened by France's support for the independence of Serbia's former province.
Serbia does not recognize Kosovo as a country. An EU-mediated dialogue aimed at normalizing ties between the two deadlocked and broke down.
Washington, July 15 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump is requiring products "Made in America" to be made using more American components if they are to be used by the government.
Trump says American-made products used for government projects currently can contain 50 percent foreign components and still be considered American. He signed an executive order Monday boosting the percentage of American components to 75 percent.
The president signed the order during an annual White House "Made in America" showcase. Manufacturers from all 50 states were represented.
Trump says the administration is "heeding the wisdom" of the nation's founders by "restoring our economic independence and reawakening our industrial might."
Trump also discussed steps the administration is taking to boost the U.S. manufacturing industry. The trade deficit last year widened to a decade-long high of $621 billion.
Johannesburg, July 15 (AP/UNB) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has denied corruption allegations against him, saying the charges are part of an international intelligence conspiracy that started more than 25 years ago to assassinate his character.
Zuma is appearing before a state commission that is probing wide-ranging allegations of corruption in government and state-owned companies.
Zuma dismissed the accusations against him saying that they stemmed from efforts by South Africa's previous apartheid regime and other foreign intelligence agencies to have him removed from powerful positions in the African National Congress, now the ruling party.
This, he told the commission, was because these intelligence agencies had infiltrated the ANC and feared that Zuma would either expose their spies.
Zuma's first day on the stand saw him staging a fightback against what he claims that he is corrupt.
He alleged that one of the witnesses who made allegations against him at the commission, former mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, had been recruited by the intelligence agencies as a spy during the apartheid days.
He also questioned the fairness of the state commission, saying it was also part of the alleged conspiracy against him.
Among some of the allegations Zuma faces are that members of the wealthy Indian family, the Guptas, influenced his cabinet appointments when he was president and subsequently swayed the awarding of lucrative state contracts.
In this phenomenon, known here as 'state capture', the Gupta family businesses allegedly took control of a large number of government departments and state-owned enterprises including the struggling power utility, Eskom.
Zuma told the commission that his relationship with the Guptas was nothing unusual or unlawful as they also had relationships with his two predecessors, former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
"They were friends with Mbeki and with Mandela as well, and others. In fact, they were stronger with Mbeki," said Zuma.
Earlier Monday Zuma was asked about allegations made by a former cabinet spokesman, Themba Maseko, that he had personally called him and tried to influence the award of significant government advertising contracts to the Guptas' now-defunct media businesses.
Zuma denied this, saying he could not remember any such intervention.
Zuma told the commission that he had suggested to the Guptas that they should start a newspaper and a broadcasting channel, which they did establish.
About 300 people gathered outside the commission venue to show their support for Zuma.
Others who came to show their support for the controversial former president included his son, Duduzane, who was last week found not guilty of culpable homicide related to a 2014 car crashed that killed a taxi passenger.
Two former cabinet ministers and two former deputy ministers also attended the commission to show their support for Zuma.
Zuma continues his testimony this week.
Muzaffarabad, Jul 15 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan says at least 22 people are missing and feared dead after heavy rains triggered flash floods in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.
Ahmed Raza Qadri, the Pakistani minister for disaster management in the disputed territory, says the flooding late on Sunday also caused much destruction and damage in the village of Lesswa in Neelum Valley.
Qadri says they have not been able to find the 22 who were swept away by the waters, including two soldiers and 11 members of the Tableeghi Jamaat religious group.
Saeedur Rehman, a disaster management official, says efforts are being made to reach people stranded in their homes in the rea, cut off by the flooding.
The disputed region of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both countries in its entirety.