August 31st, 2010
06:10 AM ET

World update: Dutch police question men after U.S. flight

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on some of the stories we're following on Tuesday:

Amsterdam arrests - Two men, allegedly of Yemeni origin, are being questioned at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport having arrived on a flight from Chicago.  U.S. authorities had spotted “suspicious items” in their luggage. The items discovered apparently included watches and mobile phones taped to a bottle of stomach medicine. The men were allowed to travel to Amsterdam but Dutch authorities decided to arrest the pair. Read the full story

Cricket investigation - Federal investigators from Pakistan are expected to arrive in England on Tuesday to look into a betting scandal related to south Asian nation's cricket team, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told CNN. The Federal Investigation Agency officers will arrive in London two days after allegations surfaced that gamblers fixed part of a Pakistan match against England last week. Investigators from the International Cricket Council, the sport's governing body, are already in the United Kingdom making inquiries into the allegations, the council said Tuesday. 

S. Africa strike deal? - The South African government has improved its pay deal for the one million striking workers by offering them a 7.5 percent pay rise and improved housing allowances. Members of the striking unions are due to vote on the deal today.

Iraq lessons learned? - What has been learned from the war in Iraq, and can NATO avoid some of the same pitfalls and copy the successes? And not just America and its allies are taking notes, militants have studied Iraqi the insurgents and are copying their success and learning from their mistakes.

Football transfers - The European Football transfer window closes for International transfers with the traditional flurry of activity expected as clubs line up to wheel and deal right up to the deadline. There's no doubt who this year's big spender has already been ... Manchester City. But will there be any big name moves before the deadline passes?

EU unemployment - The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10 percent in July 2010, unchanged compared with June. It was 9.6 percent in July 2009. The EU27 unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in July 2010, unchanged compared with June. It was 9.1 percent in July 2009.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. tommy bryant

    We let terrorists on a plane again. I don't believe we have the will power to stop them. Nobody wants to wait and to much money at stake

    August 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ramesh Manghirmalani

    Shocking- These are bunch of Pigs

    August 31, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Leo Valaunt

    It's not normal behavior to tape a watch or a cell phone to an empty bottle, pack it into luggage, and travel on an airplane.

    I'm sure it was done as a test run, to find the weak spots in the TSA security system and then later use the real deal and repeat the same procedure when they did get through security the first time.

    Funny thing I noticed, TSA said none of the items raised any red flags and the two men got to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. That right there is a "weak spot" in the TSA's security system, if you call it that. What if it had been real explosives? The plane would've been blown up over the ocean.

    The Dutch security officials where probably upset that the American TSA didn't detained these two men in the first place.

    Shouldn't anyone have the right to demand a flight with no one on board that has a Muslim name?

    September 1, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |