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ROME» Doc­tors With­out Borders said Sat­ur­day it is tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend­ing the ac­tiv­ity of its res­cue ship due to al­leged threats from Libya’s coast guard, which has be­come more ag­gres­sive in pa­trolling the coasts where hu­man traf­fick­ers launch boats crowded with mi­grants des­per­ate to reach Europe.

The hu­man­i­tar­ian group said the res­cue co­or­di­na­tion cen­ter op­er­ated by Italy’s coast guard had in­formed it on Fri­day that the Libyan threats pose a se­cu­rity risk. The group added that Libyan au­thor­i­ties de­clared their own res­cue area, ex­tend­ing into in­ter­na­tional wa­ters, the same day.

Ortho­dox pa­tri­arch ap­peals Is­rael court de­ci­sion. JOR­DAN» The


Greek Ortho­dox pa­tri­arch in the Holy Land an­nounced Sat­ur­day that his church will ap­peal an Is­raeli court de­ci­sion that ap­proved the sale of prime church prop­erty to com­pa­nies rep­re­sent­ing Jews seek­ing to ex­pand their pres­ence in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The church had chal­lenged the prop­erty deal in court for the past decade, ar­gu­ing it was con­ducted il­le­gally by the since-de­posed pre­vi­ous pa­tri­arch and was there­fore in­valid.

The Jerusalem District Court up­held the deal two weeks ago, paving the way for three large prop­er­ties near the Old City’s Jaffa Gate to be leased for 99 years to Ateret Co­hanim, a group that has been buy­ing prop­er­ties for Jews in tra­di­tion­ally Arab ar­eas of Jerusalem.

15 killed by ex­plo­sion in Pak­istan.

QUETTA, PAK­ISTAN» Pak­istan’s army says “ter­ror­ists” have tar­geted a mil­i­tary truck with a bomb killing eight sol­diers and seven civil­ians in the south­west­ern city of Quetta.

A mil­i­tary state­ment Sat­ur­day says the bomb also wounded 25 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 15 civil­ians. It says in­cen­di­ary ex­plo­sives were used in the blast that sparked fires in nearby ve­hi­cles.

Flash floods kill 12 in Iran. » The


Fri­day flash floods trig­gered by heavy rains killed 12 peo­ple in the coun­try’s north­east, Ira­nian state TV re­ported Sat­ur­day.

The TV web­site irinn.ir quoted the spokesman for the coun­try’s dis­as­ter agency, Ali Bakhtiari, as say­ing the num­ber of peo­ple killed in the floods rose to 12 in three north­east­ern prov­inces — Golestan, Kho­rasan and Kho­rasan Razavi.

Sub owner re­mains in cus­tody.

A Dan­ish court or­dered the owner of an am­a­teur­built sub­ma­rine Sat­ur­day to be held in pre-trial de­ten­tion for 24 days while po­lice in­ves­ti­gate the dis­ap­pear­ance of a Swedish jour­nal­ist who had been on the ship be­fore it sank.

Pe­ter Mad­sen was ar­rested Fri­day on pre­lim­i­nary man­slaugh­ter charges, hours af­ter his 40-ton, 60-foot-long sub­ma­rine sank off Den­mark’s eastern coast.

He has de­nied re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fate of 30year-old Kim Wall, say­ing the jour­nal­ist dis­em­barked be­fore his ves­sel, named the UC3 Nau­tilus, went down.

Pi­lot ejects safely be­fore crash.


A U.S. F-18 fighter jet suf­fer­ing an en­gine prob­lem crash landed Sat­ur­day at Bahrain In­ter­na­tional Air­port and its pi­lot ejected from the air­craft af­ter it ran off the run­way, au­thor­i­ties said.

Of­fi­cials said that the pi­lot of the jet es­caped un­harmed.


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