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World in brief: June 25 2018

ISRAEL: State airline El Al faces new discrimination allegations after moving two female passengers from their seats after ultra-Orthodox men refused to sit next to them.

El Al said yesterday that discrimination against passengers was “forbidden” and it did its utmost to serve a “wide array of populations and travellers.”

The Israel Religious Action Centre, which led a similar lawsuit in 2016, accused the airline of breaking its commitments.

ETHIOPIA: Addis Ababa disclosed today that a delegation from Eritrea is visiting this week for the first time in two decades.

This follows new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s surprise announcement fully embracing the 2000 peace deal that ended war between the two countries.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki noted “positive signals,” saying he would send a delegation to “gauge current developments directly and in depth.”

SWEDEN: Three men — two Palestinians and a Syrian — were convicted today of attempted arson against a synagogue in Gothenburg in December.

Two were jailed for two years, the third for 15 months.

One Palestinian had his asylum application turned down and will be deported after serving his sentence. The others have residency permits.

NATO: Secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said today that he expects leaders of the cold-war alliance to back launching membership talks with Macedonia next month.

“I expect and I hope that Nato leaders at the summit will decide to start accession talks,” he said.

The summit in Brussels on July 11-12 follows agreement between Greece and Macedonia to rename the latter North Macedonia.

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