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Israel to shut down Al Jazeera over incitement

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The Israeli government says it has decided to shut down Al Jazeera, a Qatari-owned TV station and news outlet, in the Jewish country.

In a tweet on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision was taken after a unanimous vote by the government.

Netanyahu described Al Jazeera as an incitement channel and thanked Shlomo Karhi, minister of communications, for swinging into action.

Earlier, police seized Al Jazeera’s broadcasting equipment from its Jerusalem offices, and pulled the Qatari news channel off air.

The decision to shut the news outlet comes weeks after a law passed by the Knesset allowed the temporary closure of foreign media outlets deemed to be harming national security.

The law allows Netanyahu and his security cabinet to shut Al Jazeera’s offices in Israel for 45 days, a period that can be renewed.

“The government approved and I immediately signed the orders against Al Jazeera. Our orders will go into effect immediately,” Karhi said.

“Too much time has passed and too many unnecessary legal hurdles for us to finally be able to stop Al Jazeera’s oiled incitement machine that harms the security of the country.

“For months, I did everything and will continue to do everything so that they can no longer operate from Israel.”

Karhi said he ordered the seizure of the station’s broadcasting equipment “used to deliver the channel’s content”, including editing and routing devices, cameras, microphones, servers and laptops, as well as wireless transmission tools and some mobile phones.

Israel has long had a rocky relationship with Al Jazeera, accusing it of bias and collaboration with Hamas, the Palestinian militant group.

The Qatar-based network has repeatedly rejected the accusations.

Reacting to the development in a statement, Al Jazeera condemned the Israeli government’s decision to close its operations in Israel as a “criminal act” and warned that the country’s suppression of the free press “stands in contravention of international and humanitarian law”.

Press freedom groups have also condemned Israel’s decision to shut down the Qatar-based network especially as Doha has been at the forefront of mediation efforts to halt the war in Gaza.

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Burkina Faso extends military rule by five years

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The military junta in Burkina Faso says it will extend its rule by another five years.

BBC reports the state-owned broadcaster as stating that Ibrahim Traoré, a captain and the country’s military ruler, will be eligible to contest the next presidential election.

Burkina Faso is one of the three countries in West Africa being ruled by juntas.

Traoré seized power on September 30, 2022.

The coup leaders had said their putsch would help fix the country’s political instability.

However, there has been an attempt to wrest power from the junta at least twice.

The decision to return to democratic rule after five years followed a national consultation meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital city.

A 60-month transition period will begin on July 2 this year, according to an amended charter.

“The elections marking the end of the transition may be organised before this deadline if the security situation so permits,” the charter reads.

Traoré said he took over power because Paul-Henri Damiba, his predecessor, could not address the insurgency confronting the country.

Damiba had seized power from President Roch Kaboré.

Since 2015, jihadist rebels affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, have waged an insurgency against the West African nation that has led to the deaths of thousands and displacement of millions.

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10 travel routes where air passengers experience most turbulence

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Turbulence is most felt at the front and rear of the plane.

Whether you’re afraid of flying or not, turbulence can be a stressful flight experience.

One minute you’re flying smoothly, the next you see the seat belt sign light up and things start to get a little hectic.

And while turbulence is nothing to worry about in most cases, there are certain routes on which travellers experience more of it than others.

To start with, it’s worth understanding exactly what turbulence is and why it happens.

What is turbulence and is it safe?
Turbulence in aviation is the turbulent movement of air masses that causes the aircraft to vibrate. They arise from the contact of air currents of different directions and speeds, as well as from sudden changes in wind direction and speed.

An interesting fact is that turbulence is most felt at the front and rear of the plane, so if someone is afraid of violent vibrations, they should choose places closer to the center of the plane.

Although they may cause discomfort to passengers, turbulence does not pose a threat to flight safety. Modern aviation technology allows you to effectively avoid places of turbulence, and the principle of fastening seat belts throughout the flight additionally increases the safety of passengers in the event of the so-called clear sky turbulence difficult to predict.

The most “troubled” flight routes in the world in 2023

Analysis of approximately 150 thousand air routes conducted by the Turbli portal revealed the most turbulent flight routes in 2023.

The routes were ranked according to the “vortex dissipation coefficient,” which measures the intensity of turbulence in a given location.

The most turbulent air route in the world in 2023 was between Santiago and Santa Cruz, an approximately 1,900 km journey between Chile and Bolivia. The next place was taken by an approximately 250-kilometer route connecting the Kazakh city of Almaty with Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Two of the 10 routes were in Europe, and six were domestic routes in Japan and China.

  1. Santiago (SCL) – Santa Cruz (VVI)
  2. Almaty (ALA) — Bishkek (FRU)
  3. Lanzhou (LHW) — Chengdu (CTU)
  4. Centrair (NGO) – Sendai (SDJ)
  5. Milan (MXP) – Geneva (GVA)
  6. Lanzhou (LHW) — Xianyang (XIY)
  7. Osaka (KIX) – Sendai (SDJ)
  8. Xianyang (XIY) — Chengdu (CTU)
  9. Xianyang (XIY) — Chongqing (CKG)
  10. Milan (MXP) – Zurich (ZRH)

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This article was originally published on Onet Travel.

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Three Americans among suspects arrested for coup attempt in DR Congo

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Three Americans have been reportedly listed among suspects responsible for Sunday’s coup attempt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Sylvain Ekenge, DRC army spokesperson, said the attempt involved “foreigners and Congolese”.

“These foreigners and Congolese have been put out of action, including their leader,” Ekenge said, adding that several suspects were detained and that the situation is now under control.

The army spokesperson did not provide further information concerning the incident.

Lucy Tamyln, US ambassador to the DRC, said she was shocked and very concerned to receive reports of American citizens being involved.

Pictures of two men with their hands clasped were published in local media, alongside pictures of a passport that indicated one was a 36-year-old US citizen born in Maryland.

“Please be assured that we will cooperate with the DRC authorities to the fullest extent as they investigate these criminal acts and hold accountable any U.S. citizen involved in criminal acts,” Tamlyn tweeted.

The army’s announcement of successfully thwarting a coup attempt came hours after armed men attacked the house of Vital Kamerhe, former chief of staff and close ally of President Felix Tshisekedi.

Kamerhe’s residence is about two kilometres from the presidential palace.
Michel Muhima, Kamerhe’s spokesperson, had said the gunmen clad in military uniform engaged the politician’s guards in a shootout, leaving three people dead.

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