Egypt denies rumors of explosives found on Libyan plane

A technical issue affected a Libyan Airlines plane, the company said. (File photo/AFP)
Updated 01 April 2019
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Egypt denies rumors of explosives found on Libyan plane

1. Libyan carrier denies flight detained after explosives found on board
Libyan Airlines has denied that one of its airplanes was detained at Egypt’s Borj El-Arab Airport after rumors claimed that “explosives” were detected on board.
The head of the company’s media department, Mohammad Ganiwa, said the plane en route from Alexandria experienced a technical issue that forced it to return back to the airport. Ganiwa was quoted by a local news network as saying that the company sent another plane out, as well as a team of technicians.
He denied rumors suggesting the plane was detained at the Egyptian airport.
2. Egypt authority says ‘hottest summer’ rumors are baseless
The head of Egypt’s General Meteorological Authority has denied that the upcoming summer season in the country will be the “hottest ever.”
Rumors have claimed that the current unstable weather conditions in Egypt will make the coming summer season extremely hot.
Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Aal was quoted by Egyptian TV channel DMC as saying that there is no connection to the current weather changes, to temperature degrees during the summer. Abdel-Aal explained the current unstable weather conditions result from global climate changes.


Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

Viktoria Marinova. (AFP)
Updated 23 April 2019
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Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

  • Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet

SOFIA: A 21-year-old man was Monday sentenced to 30 years in prison for the brutal rape and murder of a Bulgarian television presenter, avoiding a life term after confessing to the crime.
Severin Krasimirov, also Bulgarian, was arrested in Germany where he had fled after assaulting and killing Viktoria Marinova on October 6.
A court in the northeastern Bulgarian city of Ruse also ordered him to pay 450,000 leva (230,000 euros, $259,000) to Marinova’s family.
Prosecutors said the crime was “linked to sexual motives and had no links to the profession of the victim.” They added that Krasimirov was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the “brutal rape.”
The court said Marinova, 30, was killed “in a particularly brutal manner” after being grabbed while jogging in an alley along the Danube.
She was due to present a new program in which she pledged to unveil serious cases of corruption.
Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet.