North Korea says it cut last military hotline Bomb explodes in central Athens Cyprus caps cash withdrawals Mexican vigilantes seize town Grenada to sell citizenships
SEOUL, South Korea -- Raising tensions with South Korea yet again, North Korea cut its last military hotline with Seoul on Wednesday, saying there was no need to continue military communications between the countries in a situation "where a war may break out at any moment."
The hotline -- a dedicated telephone link between the two militaries -- was used mainly to arrange for South Koreans who work at an industrial complex in the North to cross the heavily armed border. When the connection was last severed in 2009, some workers were stranded in the North.
Normal direct telephone communications do not exist between the two countries.
The shutdown of the hotline is the latest of many threats and provocative actions from North Korea, which is angry over U.S.-South Korean military drills and U.N. sanctions punishing it for its Feb. 12 nuclear test.
ATHENS, Greece -- A bomb exploded outside a Greek ship owner's house near a crowded pedestrian area under the Acropolis in central Athens on Wednesday night, causing minor damage but no injuries, police said.
The explosion a few hundred meters from the country's most famous monument occurred at about 8:30 p.m., after a warning call to a Greek newspaper. The house belongs to a member of the Tsakos ship owning family, police said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Cyrpiots will only be allowed to withdraw $383 in cash each day when the country's banks open for the first time in more than a week today, the state news agency says.
Credit or debit card payments abroad will be capped at $6,400 a day, while no checks will be cashed, although they can be deposited in bank accounts, the agency said Wednesday.
Banks have been shut across the country since March 16 to prevent a run on deposits while politicians worked out a new plan to secure an international bailout.
ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week.
Members of the area's self-described "community police" say more than 2,000 people were stopping traffic Wednesday at improvised checkpoints in the town of Tierra Colorado, which sits the highway connecting Mexico City to Acapulco. They arrested 12 police and the former director of public security in the town after a leader of the state's vigilante movement was slain on Monday.
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Grenada intends to revive a program that essentially allows investors to buy citizenship on the Caribbean island.
Governor General Carlyle Glean made the announcement during a Wednesday speech at the opening of parliament. He says it is part of a strategy to drum up revenue on the struggling island.
Glean says the government will review other nations' citizenship-by-investment programs and decide the best way forward.