US fighter jet crash lands at airport


F-18 fighter plane crashes at airport

MANAMA — A US F-18 fighter jet that developed an engine problem crash landed Saturday at Bahrain International Airport and its pilot ejected from the aircraft as it ran off the runway, authorities said. The pilot was not hurt. The crash disrupted flights to and from the island nation off the coast of Saudi Arabia that is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet. The
F-18 took off from the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. (AP)


Motorcycle bomber kills 15, wounds 25

QUETTA — A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed a military truck Saturday, killing eight soldiers and seven civilian bystanders in the southwestern city of Quetta, the Pakistani military said. The attack also wounded 25 people, including 15 civilians. Incendiary explosives were used in the assault, which sparked fires in nearby vehicles. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP)


12 die in northeast after flash flooding

TEHRAN — Flash floods triggered by heavy rains killed 12 people in northeast Iran, state TV reported Saturday. The
national disaster agency said the deaths were reported in three northeastern provinces: Golestan, Khorasan, and Khorasan Razavi. Iran’s Red Crescent said 38 people were missing in Khorasan Razavi province, and the death toll could rise. (AP).


Regime vows to aid chemical inquiry


DAMASCUS — An international chemical weapons delegation will visit Syria in the coming days, and Damascus said it will facilitate its mission to uncover who used chemical weapons in the country earlier this year. The Foreign Ministry said the delegation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and UN investigators will visit Syria. The government has denied being behind the April 4 attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed nearly 100 people. (AP)


Nobelists urge halt to Saudi executions

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Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners appealed to Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince to show mercy and halt the executions of 14 young people sentenced to death for participating in protests in 2012. In a letter released Friday, the laureates said the 14 were convicted in a mass trial ‘‘based on the actions of the worst defendant,’’ arguing that several don’t warrant the death penalty. They also accused authorities of coercing confessions. (AP)