- 1 PILOT DIES, 1 SURVIVES AFTER GERMAN FIGHTER JETS COLLIDE
A German air force pilot was killed Monday after his fighter jet collided with another during a training mission in northeastern Germany. The pilot of the other Eurofighter Typhoon jet was able to eject safely and survived.
The Country’s Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen said three unarmed fighter jets left their base in Laage, near the Baltic sea port of Rostock, shortly before 2 p.m. After about 20 minutes, there was an aerial collision between two Eurofighters, with fatal consequences.
The Eurofighter Typhoon was jointly developed by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain. More than 550 of the jets have been delivered since 2003, at a cost of close to $100 million apiece.
According to the military, Monday’s collision was the first fatal crash involving a German Eurofighter.
- IN BAHRAIN, U.S. TO LAUNCH ECONOMIC PART OF MIDEAST PEACE PLAN AMID SKEPTICISM
The first stage of President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan will be launched on Tuesday at a conference the White House touts as a bid to begin drumming up $50 billion in investment but which Palestinians deride as an “economy first” approach doomed to fail.
The United States has attracted only lukewarm support from its traditional partners in Middle East peacemaking and is convening the “Peace to Prosperity” workshop this week in the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain under the shadow of rising tensions with Iran that could ignite regional conflict.
But neither the Israeli nor Palestinian governments will attend the curtain-raising event in the Bahraini capital, Manama.
There will be close scrutiny as to whether attendees such as Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Gulf Arab states show any interest in making actual donations to a U.S. plan that has already elicited bitter criticism from Palestinians and many others in the Arab world.
The event includes presentations from President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the heads of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. But the seven-page program for the workshop contains no discussion of how to resolve the political disputes at the core of the long-running conflict.