Italy: Police Arrested 'Most Wanted' US Fugitive in St Peter's Square

Pope Francis sits on the popemobile surrounded by bodyguards during the weekly general audience on April 17, 2024 at St Peter's square in The Vatican. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
Pope Francis sits on the popemobile surrounded by bodyguards during the weekly general audience on April 17, 2024 at St Peter's square in The Vatican. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
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Italy: Police Arrested 'Most Wanted' US Fugitive in St Peter's Square

Pope Francis sits on the popemobile surrounded by bodyguards during the weekly general audience on April 17, 2024 at St Peter's square in The Vatican. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
Pope Francis sits on the popemobile surrounded by bodyguards during the weekly general audience on April 17, 2024 at St Peter's square in The Vatican. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Italian police arrested a "most wanted" US fugitive last week who was carrying three concealed knives in a crowded St Peter's Square outside the Vatican, a judicial source said on Thursday.
The fugitive, now in police custody, was named as Moises Tejada, who is classified as violent by the New York state prison service's investigations unit.
He is listed among the department's most wanted individuals, Reuters reported.
The arrest was first reported by Italy's la Repubblica newspaper and confirmed by the source.
Tejada, whose name has the alternative spelling of Teiada, attracted the suspicion of police who detained him and found he was carrying knives that were 20 cm (8 inches) long.
St Peter's Square was busy with pilgrims and tourists as Pope Francis was holding a general audience that day, Wednesday April 10. It was not clear if Tejada, who has convictions for robbery and kidnapping, posed any threat to the pope.
Investigators have found that he had recently arrived in Rome from Moldova, having previously spent time in Ukraine.
He has told investigators he had been in Ukraine since 2022 fighting against the Russian invasion, la Repubblica reported.
The Italian authorities are waiting to hear if their US counterparts want to extradite him.



Fire at Hospital in Iran’s North Kills 9 Patients

The Iranian flag. (AFP)
The Iranian flag. (AFP)
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Fire at Hospital in Iran’s North Kills 9 Patients

The Iranian flag. (AFP)
The Iranian flag. (AFP)

A fire broke out at a hospital in Iran's north, killing nine patients, state media reported Tuesday.

The blaze started at 1:30 local time (2200GMT) at Qaem Hospital in the city of Rasht, some 330 kilometers (about 205 miles) northwest of the capital Tehran, state TV said, leaving six women and three men dead.

Chief of the city fire department, Shahram Momeni, said on state TV that an electric short circuit in the basement — which harbors the intensive care unit — malfunctioned, causing the fire.

Momeni said emergency workers rescued more than 140 people, patients and hospital staff, after being trapped because of the smoke, and that 120 of them were hospitalized in other medical facilities. He added that an investigation has been ordered.

A video posted online appeared to show smoke billowing from the hospital in the middle of the night.

Iranian media occasionally report on fires in hospitals and clinics that are mainly blamed on technical issues.

In 2020, an explosion from a gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 people.