MIGRANT AID SHIP SUSPENDS OPERATIONS
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.
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB
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.