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Belarus Ryanair flight diverted, Italy cable car crash kills 14, Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court

Yahoo Finance's Akiko Fujita breaks down the top stories around the world.

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AKIKO FUJITA: In our worldview today, EU countries are accusing Belarus of committing a warlike act, after its president forced the grounding of a Ryanair flight to reportedly arrest a prominent journalist. The dramatic events played out in the country's airspace on Sunday. The flight was traveling from Greece to Lithuania when Belarusian air traffic controllers called in a potential security threat on board, diverting the plane to Minsk.

Now journalist Roman Prostasevich was arrested upon landing and reportedly now faces the death penalty for running a telegram channel that was critical of Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. Officials confirmed the leader personally ordered a fighter jet to escort the Ryanair airplane. EU leaders have vowed to take action, given the flight was traveling between member countries. Lukashenko has been referred to as Europe's last dictator, with strong support from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Italy is facing new questions about the safety of its infrastructure after 14 people died in one of the worst cable car accidents in history. The disaster played out Sunday near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. Officials say a cable line snapped, sending the car reeling. Some passengers on board were thrown from the capsule. The country's transport ministry says the structure underwent renovations back in 2016. It had just reopened a few weeks ago after a year of COVID lockdowns. The lone survivor, a five-year-old Israeli boy living in Italy, remains hospitalized with broken bones.

And Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court for the first time since she was ousted in a military coup in February. Suu Kyi met her legal team in person for the first time before the hearing. The democratically elected leader faces a number of charges, including a breach of a colonial era rule, which carries a penalty of up to 14 years in prison. Her supporters have accused the military of attempting to discredit her to legitimize the military's power. Suu Kyi's party won a landslide in November's elections, but she's been under house arrest since the military removed her in a coup earlier this year.