• Moldova's Vitalie Bordian, left, and Alexandru Onica, center, challenge Russia's Pavel Mamaev, right, during the Euro 2016 group G, qualifying match between Moldova and Russia, at the Zimbru Stadium, in Chisinau, Moldova, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Roveliu Buga)

    Russia beats Moldova to close in on Euro 2016 place

    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Russia took a big step toward qualifying for Euro 2016 on Friday as a 2-1 win over Moldova strengthened its hold on second place in Group G.

  • In this June 27, 2011 photo provided by the Moldova General Police Inspectorate, Teodor Chetrus is detained by a police officer in Chisinau, Moldova during a uranium-235 sting operation. In many of the smuggling cases in this former Soviet republic, ringleaders insulated themselves through a complex network of middlemen to shield the bosses from arrest. In this case, Chetrus was the go-between. Former Moldova Police investigator Constantin Malic recalls that Chetrus said, "I really want an Islamic buyer because they will bomb the Americans." (Moldova Police via AP)

    AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear smugglers sought terrorist buyers

    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press has learned. The latest known case came in February this year, when a smuggler offered a huge cache of deadly cesium — enough to contaminate several city blocks — and specifically sought a buyer from the Islamic State group.

  • In this May 28, 2015 photo, former Moldovan police investigator Constantin Malic holds an award received from the U.S. FBI in Chisinau, Moldova. By the time of the May 28 ceremony recognizing two recent investigations, the Moldovan police department had disbanded Malic's investigative team amid political fallout and police infighting. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear smugglers sought terrorist buyers

    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks.