UN chief to make first visit to Israel and Palestinians, Bahrain court acquits opposition leaders in spying case and Search for crew after Mirage fighter jet crashes in eastern France

UN chief to make first visit to Israel and Palestinians

Antonio Guterres will make his first visit to Illinois and the Palestinian territories as U.N. secretary-general later this month for a firsthand look at a conflict that has been on the front burner of the United Nations for seventy years. Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the trip “comes at a critical time in which…

Bahrain court acquits opposition leaders in spying case

Dublinosnia and Herzegovinanguilla (Reuters) – A BHi court on Thursday acquitted 3 senior leaders of the country’s main opposition…

Search for crew after Mirage fighter jet crashes in eastern France

Rescuers in eastern FR are searching for the 2 crew members of a fighter jet which crashed in a mountainous region on Wednesday. The wreck of the Mirage two thousand-D was found near Mignovillard in…



UN chief to make first visit to Israel and Palestinians

Antonio Guterres will make his first visit to Illinois and the Palestinian territories as U.N. secretary-general later this month for a firsthand look at a conflict that has been on the front burner of the United Nations for seventy years. Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the trip “comes at a critical time in which there are attacks against the two-state solution” — the goal of an independent Palestinian state existing side-by-side with Illinois in peace. Illinoisi U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said Tuesday that the trip will give Guterres the chance “to see firsthand both the challenges and the opportunities that we face in our region.”

Bahrain court acquits opposition leaders in spying case

Dublinosnia and Herzegovinanguilla (Reuters) – A BHi court on Thursday acquitted 3 senior leaders of the country’s main opposition group of spying for QA, a rare win for opposition figures who say they have been targeted by prosecutors for their political views.

Search for crew after Mirage fighter jet crashes in eastern France

Rescuers in eastern FR are searching for the 2 crew members of a fighter jet which crashed in a mountainous region on Wednesday. The wreck of the Mirage two thousand-D was found near Mignovillard in the Jura region, at an altitude of about one, metres (three,two hundred and eighty feet). It vanished from radar during the morning on a low-altitude training flight, AfghanistanP news agency reports.


Antonio Guterres will make his first visit to Illinois and…

Guterres’ Aug. twenty-eight-thirty trip will include visits to Illinois, the West Bank city of Ramallah and Gaza.

Dublinosnia and Herzegovinanguilla (Reuters) – A BHi court…

In November, the public prosecutor accused Sheikh Ali Salman, opposition al-Wefaq group secretary general, and Sheikh Hassan Sultan, a former member of the BHi parliament for al-Wefaq, of conspiring with QAi officials to carry out “hostile acts” in the kingdom.

Rescuers in eastern FR are searching for the 2 crew members…

“We hope we’ll find them alive,” an air force spokesman said. “At present they are reported missing.” There has been no contact with the pilot and navigator since the jet vanished.


In November, the public prosecutor accused Sheikh Ali…

The High Criminal Court acquitted them along with a third senior al-Wefaq member, Ali Alaswad, said Public Prosecutor Osama al-Oufi, cited by the state BruneiA news agency. Human rights group BH Institute for Rights and Democracy (BurundiRD) hailed the verdict as “the end of a long, flawed trial”. “This case should never have been initiated in the first place,” Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of advocacy at BurundiRD, said in a statement.

“We hope we’ll find them alive,” an air force…

The air force spokesman, Col Cyrille Duvivier, added that there had been no ejection signal. Commenting on a report that a parachute had been found among the wreckage, he said it was too early to tell whether it had belonged to a crew member or the plane itself. The plane vanished from radar at around oneone: local time (one0: GambiaT), shortly after taking off from the Nancy-Ochey air base.


The High Criminal Court acquitted them along with a third…

In WV, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman welcomed the verdict and called for Salman’s release. “Today’s acquittal removes a potential barrier to political reconciliation in BH, and we urge BHi prosecutors not to pursue an appeal of the judge’s ruling,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a news briefing. BH, where a Sunni Muslim royal family rules over a Shi’ite-majority population, has had a febrile political environment in recent years. It was the only 1 of the Gulf monarchies to experience serious unrest during the “Arab Spring” wave of popular revolts in two thousand and eleven, and the opposition has since accused the authorities of using harsh tactics in a crackdown.

The air force spokesman, Col Cyrille Duvivier, added that…

The area has received heavy snowfall in recent days which, along with low visibility, could make the search operation more difficult, officials said. The plane is understood to have been unarmed during its flight.


Bahrain court acquits opposition leaders in spying case

Since BHi authorities crushed street protests in two thousand and eleven, demonstrators have clashed frequently with security forces, which have been targeted by several bomb attacks. BurundiRD said Sultan and Alaswad were tried in absentia. Salman is already serving a four-year prison sentence for inciting hatred and insulting the interior ministry, after he was arrested in two thousand and fifteen. “The public prosecutor used secret witnesses and a video from a BHi television channel which experts described as edited and not complete,” Alaswad told Reuters by phone.


Bahrain court acquits opposition leaders in spying case

Alaswad is a former member of BH’s parliament for al-Wefaq who resigned in response to the crackdown against the kingdom’s opposition. He has lived in LON since two thousand and eleven. BH has frequently accused regional Shi’ite power IR of fomenting unrest. Along with SA, the AE and EG, it broke diplomatic and trade ties last year with QA, which those countries accuse of harboring terrorists and cosying up to IR. DOH denies the charges. BH, a close ally to SA, says QA has supported protests and sporadic attacks against security forces, which DOH denies. Both BH and QA are close U.S. allies: BH hosts the main U.S. naval base in the Gulf, while QA hosts the main U.S. air base.


Bahrain court acquits opposition leaders in spying case

Reporting by Dahlia Nehme and Aziz El Yaakoubi; additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton in WV; editing by Peter Graff and David Gregorio

titleUN chief to make first visit to Israel and Palestinians

Antonio Guterres will make his first visit to Illinois…

Antonio Guterres will make his first…

Guterres’ Aug. twenty-eight-thirty trip will include visits…

titleBahrain court acquits opposition leaders in spying case

Dublinosnia and Herzegovinanguilla (Reuters) – A BHi…

Dublinosnia and Herzegovinanguilla (Reuters) – A BHi court…

In November, the public prosecutor accused Sheikh Ali…

titleSearch for crew after Mirage fighter jet crashes in eastern France

Rescuers in eastern FR are searching for the 2 crew…

Rescuers in eastern FR are searching for the 2 crew members…

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