More than 50 people get medical attention after Moscow metro fire


At least 52 people required medical attention after a fire in the Moscow metro that forced authorities to evacuate more than 4,500 passengers, health officials in the Russian capital said.

"I was going from the Okhotny Ryad station to Lenin Library when suddenly, about 7:15 in the morning, the train stopped and we smelled a heavy odor of smoke," Alexei Ratnikov, a witness to the accident, told Efe.

He added that in just a few seconds he saw fire in the tunnel "apparently in the wiring of one of the walls."

A large number of ambulances were dispatched to the entrance of the Okhotny Ryad station, the most central stop on the Moscow Metro and one of the most heavily traveled since it has an exit to Red Square, to attend to the people who required medical care.




Obama moves Susan Rice from U.N. to White House post


President Barack Obama said that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, will succeed the departing Tom Donilon as the White House national security adviser.

He also nominated former National Security Council member Samantha Power to replace Rice as U.N. envoy.

Power's nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

Rice, Power and Donilon joined Obama for the announcement at the White House.




U.S., Venezuela to pursue "more positive" relations


The United States and Venezuela want to "establish a more constructive and positive relationship" after years of strained ties, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said here following talks with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua.

"We agreed today, both of us, that we would like to see our countries find a new way forward," Kerry told reporters in Guatemala's old colonial capital.

"To that end, we agreed today there will be an ongoing, continuing dialogue between the State Department and the Foreign Ministry, and we will try to set out an agenda by which we agree on things we can work together," the secretary said.

The two officials met on the sidelines of the Organization of American States General Assembly.




U.S. thanks Spain for support on defense priorities


The United States thanked Spain for its cooperation on security projects such as the deployment of the NATO antimissile shield.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed the government's position to his Spanish counterpart, Pedro Morenes, at the first bilateral meeting the pair held Wednesday in Brussels, where both men are attending a conference of NATO defense chiefs, Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a communique.

The spokesman said that Hagel praised Spain for its "critical support" for different U.S. national security priorities and its role as a NATO ally.




Nadal, Djokovic set up French Open semifinal showdown


Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Novak Djokovic set up the semifinal matchup tennis fans have eagerly anticipated since the draw was made, scoring straight-set victories over Stanislas Wawrinka and Tommy Haas, respectively.

Nadal, the world No. 4 and winner of a record seven French Open titles, spent less than two hours on court in a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 rout of Wawrinka, while the top-ranked Djokovic suffered a bit more against his 35-year-old German opponent but came through with a convincing 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 victory in two hours and 13 minutes.




Michael Jackson's daughter admitted to hospital after suicide attempt


Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of late pop music icon Michael Jackson, was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital after making a suicide attempt, her mother told the television program "Entertainment Tonight."

The teen had "a lot going on (lately)," Debbie Rowe told the show.

A source at the hospital told CNN that Jackson "is going to be fine."

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that they sent officers to Jackson's residence in Calabasas, California, around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and had her taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance.




At least 14 dead in ambush in western Iraq


At least 14 people, among them 11 members of the Border Guard, died in an ambush staged by an armed group in a desert area of the western Iraqi province of Al Anbar.

A police source told Efe that the attackers fired on a four-vehicle convoy consisting of two police and two civilian vehicles.

The convoy was traveling from the city of Karbala to Al Anbar when the attack was launched at a fake checkpoint set up by the ambush squad.

The attack occurred on a highway in a desert portion of Al Najib, 150 kilometers (96 miles) southwest of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Al Anbar.




Venezuela expels U.S. filmmaker acccused of espionage


The Venezuelan government expelled a U.S. independent filmmaker who was arrested in April and accused of training Venezuelan students in how to stage acts of violence.

"The gringo Timothy Hallet Tracy, captured committing espionage in our country, has been expelled from the national territory," Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Torres said on Twitter.

The minister offered no further details regarding the legal situation in which Tracy found himself or whether his expulsion means that no evidence of any crime was found.

Tracy's attorney in Venezuela, Daniel Rosales, told Globovision that his client took a flight to Miami on Wednesday.

Prosecutors decided to shelve the case due to lack of evidence, Rosales said.




84-Year-old woman wins largest-ever U.S. lottery prize


The winner of the largest lottery prize ever awarded to a single person in the United States is a 84-year-old Florida woman, who showed up to cash in her Powerball ticket and collected some $370.8 million, before taxes.

Gloria C. Mackenzie's ticket was the only one sold that matched all six numbers in the May 18 Powerball lottery drawing, which at the time had accumulated over the previous two months a record jackpot worth $590.5 million.

Although she had the option of receiving the money in 30 annual payments of $19 million each, Mackenzie - who lives in the central Florida town of Zephyrhills - opted to take the lump-sum payment of $370.8 million, even though her total winnings would be substantially less.