China Searches for Suspects in Tiananmen Square Crash
Chinese police are reported to be searching for two suspects from the restive Xinjiang region after a sport utility vehicle plowed through Beijing's famed Tiananmen Square and burst into flames Monday, killing five people and injuring 38 others.
Hours after the attack, local hotels said they received a notice from Beijing police asking whether they had hosted the two suspects, who had names common in ethnic Uighur communities. It was not clear if the suspects were among the five dead -- three who were in the vehicle, and two who were pedestrians.
Police say the vehicle was on a busy street near the famous square when it veered onto a pedestrian area and crashed, catching fire near an iconic picture of Chinese leader Mao Zedong. Several witnesses said they heard an explosion before seeing the smoke and flames.
Authorities descended on the scene shortly after the incident, erecting barriers to prevent onlookers and evacuating the highly-sensitive area.
No word was given about a possible cause, and pictures of the incident were quickly deleted from the Chinese microblog site Weibo.
Reports: Obama Considers Ending Spying on Allied Leaders
U.S. officials say the Obama administration weighing whether to order the National Security Agency to stop spying on leaders of American allies.
California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a statement Monday saying she was informed by the White House that "collection on our allies will not continue." But adminstration officials later stressed that a final decision on the matter has not been made.
Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for President Barack Obama's National Security Council, said late Monday the administration has "already made some decisions through this process," but refused to discuss Feinstein's statement.
The Obama administration has come under fire in recent weeks, both at home and abroad, over allegations that it has monitored the personal communications of 35 world leaders, including the cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Feinstein has called for a `"total review'' of all U.S. intelligence programs in response to the allegations, adding that her committee was not "satisfactorily informed" by the NSA.
National Intelligence director James Clapper is expected to face questions about the matter when he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday.