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World in brief: March 12, 2024

RUSSIA: A military transport plane with 15 people on board crashed today while taking off from an air base in the country's west.

The ministry said the Il-76 aircraft with eight crew and seven passengers on board crashed in the Ivanovo region.

It said an engine fire during take-off was the likely cause of the crash.

PAKISTAN: Authorities today barred visitors for imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan after allegedly receiving intelligence reports about a possible attack on the prison where he is being held, government officials and his party said.

Under a government order, no visitors will be allowed to meet Mr Khan or other inmates at the Adiala prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi for two weeks for security reasons. 

The order came just days after authorities beefed up security at the prison.

BELGIUM:  A court in Belgium convicted prominent far-right activist Dries Van Langenhove to a year in prison today for what the judge called “racist, hateful, Nazi and negationist speech” in a major ruling on how the nation deals with extremism.

Five members of the extremist group that Mr Van Langenhove led received suspended sentences.

UNITED STATES: A US intelligence assessment report says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “viability as leader may be in jeopardy.”

The report, released on Monday, said “distrust of Mr Netanyahu’s ability to rule has deepened and broadened across the public from its already high levels before the war, and we expect large protests demanding his resignation and new elections.”

It said: “A different, more moderate government is a possibility.” 

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