An American writer released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother said on Tuesday. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, went missing in 2012 and was held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria, whose rivals, the militant group Islamic State, last week killed journalist James Foley. "He was so excited," his mother, Nancy Curtis, told ABC News in an interview taped on Monday. Last week, Islamic State released a video showing his beheading and threatening to kill another American journalist being held hostage, Steven Sotloff.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - McDonald's said on Wednesday it would appeal a Moscow courts' rulings ordering the temporary closure of three restaurants in the Russian capital due to sanitary violations. "We do not agree with the courts' decisions and will appeal them according to established procedures," a spokeswoman for McDonald's in Russia said. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Thomas Grove)
MOSCOW (Reuters) - usnewsRussian courts on Wednesday ordered the temporary closure of three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over breaches of sanitary rules, news agencies reported, amid a standoff with the West over Ukraine. The restaurants on Moscow's Manezh square, under the walls of the Kremlin, at Pushkin Square and on Prospect Mira have been closed since last week following an order from state food safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. Rospotrebnadzor has so far ordered the temporary closure of a total of five McDonald's restaurants in Russia. Sweeping checks, including unscheduled inspections, have been unveiled across Russian regions.