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CYPRUS---A cruise ship picked up hun-
dreds of people, apparently refugees who
fled Syria, who were stranded aboard a
small boat off Cyprus yesterday, officials
The Cypriot Defence Ministry the 345 peo-
ple, including 52 children, would arrive at the
country s southern port of Limassol yesterday
evening. They will then be taken to a reception
centre near the capital Nicosia where they
will be given shelter and medical attention.
Salamis Cruise Lines Managing Director
Kikis Vasiliou said that one of its cruise ships
was instructed to change course and pick up
the people packed aboard the smaller ves-
sel.The Defence Ministry said the boat issued
a distress call early yesterday amid bad weather
and had "most likely" set sail from Syria
loaded with "civilian refugees."
Vasiliou said the company received the
request from Cypriot Search and Rescue
authorities to assist in the rescue operation
yesterday morning while the cruise ship was
returning to Cyprus from the Greek islands.
The small boat was located about 50 nau-
tical miles off Cyprus southwestern coastal
town of Paphos.
Vasiliou said the cruise ship, with a crew
of 230 and a passenger capacity of 800, would
be able to give refugees blankets, medical
care and food while taking them to the Cypriot
port of Limassol. (AP)
345 people rescued from
boat stranded off Cyprus
Iraq has received "credible" intelligence that
Islamic State militants plan to attack subway
systems in Paris and the United States, Iraq s
prime minister said yesterday, but senior US
and French officials said they had no evidence
to back up the claim.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he had
received the information yesterday morning from
militants captured in Iraq and concluded it was
credible after asking for further details. The attacks,
he said, were plotted from inside Iraq by "net-
works" of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS
"They plan to have attacks in the metros of
Paris and the US," Abadi told a small group of
US reporters while in New York for the annual
meeting of the UN General Assembly. "I asked
for more credible information. I asked for names.
I asked for details, for cities, you know, dates.
And from the details I have received, yes, it looks
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin
Hayden said the White House had not confirmed
any plan to attack the US and French subway
systems. "We have not confirmed such a plot,
and would have to review any information from
our Iraqi partners before making further deter-
minations," she said.
A senior US administration official speaking
on condition of anonymity said no one in the US
government was aware of such a plot, and that
Iraqi officials had not previously raised it with
their American counterparts.
French security services also said they had no
information confirming Abadi s statement, a
French government source said.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said
authorities had already begun to beef up security
at New York City s mass transit sites before Abadi s
comments. Cuomo added a visit to the city s busy
Penn Station to his schedule later on Thursday
afternoon, where he was due to address journalists.
The New York Police Department said it was
aware of the prime minister s warning and in
close contact with the FBI and other agencies to
assess the threat.
There had been no credible threats made against
Washington DC s rail and bus system, Washington
Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said in an email.
The United States and France have both
launched air strikes against Islamic State targets
in Iraq as part of a US-led campaign to "degrade
and destroy" the radical Sunni militant group,
which has seized a third of both Iraq and Syria.
Abadi disclosed the intelligence while making
a case for Western and Arab countries to join that
campaign. "We want to increase the number of
willing countries who would support this," he
said. "This is not military. This is intelligence.
This is security. The terrorists have a massive
international campaign. Don t underestimate it."
Iraqi PM: Islamic
in US, Paris
'There had been no credible threats made
against Washington DC's rail and bus
system, Washington Metro spokesman Dan
Stessel said in an email.
The United States and France have both
launched air strikes against Islamic State
targets in Iraq as part of a US-led campaign
to "degrade and destroy" the radical Sunni
militant group, which has seized a third of
both Iraq and Syria.'
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