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FRANCE

Teenage girl in jihadist plot

A 14-year-old French girl has been placed under investigation for allegedly planning to carry out jihad, the third in a group of teenage girls caught before they left home. The Paris prosecutors’ office said the girl from Quimper, in Brittany, risks up to five years in a juvenile prison if the investigation leads to an indictment and conviction. The girl, not named, was in contact with two other teens, aged 15 and 17, all allegedly planning together to travel abroad to join a jihadi group — even though they live in three different regions. The prosecutors’ office said the girls corresponded via social networks, but would not give details.

POLAND

Russian plane denied entry

Warsaw prevented a plane carrying Russia’s defense minister from traveling through its airspace on Friday, leading to a complaint from Moscow. The incident came at a time of tension between the two countries because of Russia’s support for separatists fighting in Ukraine. The Russian TU-154 plane was carrying Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu home from Slovakia when it was barred from Polish airspace, military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Piotr Walasek said. He said that probably happened because the Russian pilot mistakenly reported that his flight was a military one, not the civilian one for which he had permission. However, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov as saying the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs considers the move a “gross violation of the norms and ethics of communication between states.” Shoigu’s plane flew over Poland later on Friday, after it changed its status to civilian.

UNITED STATES

Royal cake under hammer

A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding has sold at auction for US$1,375. The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online on Thursday by Nate D Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles. With the box was a card stating: “With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales.” Auction house spokesman Sam Heller says the buyer is a private collector. Although the cake came wrapped in its original wax paper, Heller says it wouldn’t be a good idea to try to eat it. He adds, however, that there is a small but dedicated group of royal cake collectors. Some, Heller says, have purchased cakes dating to the days of Britain’s Queen Victoria, who married in 1840.

UNITED STATES

Helicopters head to Egypt

Secretary of State John Kerry told his Egyptian counterpart on Friday that the US intends to make good on its promise to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to help Cairo’s counterterrorism efforts. Kerry announced in June that he was “confident” Egypt would receive the helicopter gunships soon, and reiterated that in his phone call to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, a senior US State Department official said. Kerry made the call as part of the ongoing discussions on the Gaza ceasefire, the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and regional counterterrorism efforts, the official added. “The secretary reaffirmed the United States’ support for the helpful role that Egypt played in reaching the ceasefire in Gaza. He also discussed Egypt’s efforts in countering threats from extremist groups, particularly in the Sinai,” he added.

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