After Europe’s air safety watchdog warned of potential military strikes on Syria in the coming days. Air France was among airlines modifying their flight plans after Europe’s air safety watchdog warned of potential military strikes on Syria in the coming days. A spokesman for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said airlines were alerted of the possible launch of “air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles with the next 72 hours”, urging them to take precautionary measures. It cited a risk of “intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment”.
3 Indians sentenced to 517-yr jail term in fraud case in UAE
Two Indian men and a woman have been sentenced to 517 years each in jail by a Dubai court in a multi-million-dollar fraud case. Sydney Lemos, from Goa, was the chief executive of Exential, a forex trading company in Dubai Media City. Investors lost over $200 million when Exential failed to pay out after promising 120% returns. The accused — Lemos, his wife Valany and Ryan D’Souza — were convicted by the Dubai Misdemeanours Court in the 515 cases filed against them and were sentenced to one year in jail each in 513 cases and two years in jail for the remaining two cases.
At least 21 killed in Brazil prison breakout bid
At least 21 people lost their lives in an attempted breakout from a prison in northern Brazil aided by an armed group on the outside trying to blow up a wall, officials said. The Para state security service described the mass escape attempt at the Santa Izabel Penitentiary Complex, near the Amazon rainforest city of Belem in Para state, as a military style battle in which both prisoners inside and associates on the outside were armed.
Judge rejects request for dismissal of case of jailed reporters
A judge has rejected a request for dismissal of a case against two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar after being accused of possessing secret government papers. A court in Yangon has been holding preliminary hearings since January to decide whether Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, will be charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. Judge Ye Lwin said there was “a proper reason” for the accusations against the two reporters and therefore “they should not be released.” The judge said it wasn’t yet time for the motion to dismiss because he wanted to hear the eight remaining prosecution witnesses out of the 25 listed.