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Texas synagogue hostages had offered their captor tea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Worshippers invited a stranger into a Texas synagogue when he knocked on their door and offered him tea before he brandished a gun and held them hostage in a 10-hour siege the FBI called a "terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted."

Faltering Beirut port blast probe faces risk of new obstruction

An investigation into the devastating 2020 explosion at Beirut port, which has struggled to make progress amid resistance from top politicians, may face a further obstruction to its work that could leave the probe in limbo by preventing any indictments.

Distress signal prompts U.N. concern after Tonga volcanic eruption

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) -A distress signal has been detected in an isolated, low-lying group of islands in the Tonga archipelago following Saturday's massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, the United Nations said, prompting particular concern for its inhabitants.

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