Direct flights between
US, Iran may resume
Iran’s president is asking aviation authorities to study the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the United States for the first time in more than three decades.
Hassan Rouhani’s request reflects Iranian efforts to possibly build on the groundbreaking exchanges with Washington that included a telephone chat last week between the new Iranian president and President Barack Obama.
Iran’s immediate goal is to resume talks over its nuclear program to seek easing of Western sanctions. But Tehran also appears willing to explore expanded contacts.
The semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted Akbar Torkan, a senior government official, as saying on Monday that Rouhani wants to study the options of direct flights.
More than 1 million Iranian-Americans live in the U.S.
Direct flights halted after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Army base overrun
by al-Qaida gunmen
Suspected al-Qaida gunmen dressed in fatigues and riding in military trucks overran a key army base in Yemen’s largest province on Monday, security officials said, holding captive high-ranking officers and soldiers inside in the latest bold attack by militants there.
Security officials said the base in Yemen’s Hadramawt province is supposed to be protected by several check points leading to its main gate, but that no security was posted outside the military compound when the attack took place.
The military sent in reinforcements and troops surrounded the compound, the officials said.
The attack underscores al-Qaida’s ability to exploit security lapses in Yemen, despite a dramatic rise in the number of U.S. drone strikes on militants there — including in Hadramawt — since President Barack Obama took office.
Seizures lead to
closing of art exhibit
A Downtown art exhibit that closed early on Sunday after three reported seizures this weekend will reopen as scheduled Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Acting Deputy EMS Chief Bob Farrow said medics responded to 943 Gallery for a report of a seizure at “Zee” by Austrian artist Kurt Hentschlager, the third such incident since the installation opened Friday.
The two other people that reported seizures there this weekend were taken the hospital, he said.
The installation, part of the city’s International Festival of Firsts, is scheduled to run through Oct. 27. It also was here in 2008, at Wood Street Gallery.
The exhibit includes heavy fog and intense strobe effects, and attendees must sign a waiver before entering.
FOREST PARK, Ill.
As many as four dozen people were injured when two Chicago Transit Authority trains crashed at a station west of the city.
CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis says the crash happened Monday morning during rush hour when an eastbound train hit a westbound train that was stopped at the Harlem station in Forest Park, about 10 miles west of downtown Chicago.
She says 33 people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone says he was told as many as four dozen people were injured, most reporting back and neck pain. He says they were taken to local hospitals.
Lukidis says the eastbound train was empty but traveling on the same track when it hit the westbound train. A section of one train car was crushed. The CTA is investigating.