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U.N. aviation body discusses call to probe Belarus airliner grounding

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By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization on Thursday met to discuss Ireland’s demand for an impartial probe into the forced landing of a Ryanair jet by Belarus earlier this week. ICAO’s 36-nation governing council was due to end its meeting at 1 pm ET (1700 GMT) but might not have an agreed statement ready until Friday, spokesman Anthony Philbin said by email. The council has limited powers of investigation. Belarus scrambled a fighter jet and used a false bomb alert to divert the flight to Minsk and detain a dissident Belarusian journa…

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