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Ethiopian Airlines: ‘Clear similarities’ with Indonesia crash

BBC – Flight data from the Ethiopian Airlines disaster a week ago suggest “clear similarities” with a crash off Indonesia last October, Ethiopia’s transport minister has said. Both planes were Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Last Sunday the Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. Transport Minister […]

Man charged with mosque murders in Christchurch had white supremacist symbols on guns

Sky News – A 28-year-old Australian man has been charged with murder after a terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand left 49 people killed. Brenton Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, appeared in court on Saturday morning, a day after the usually peaceful nation suffered its deadliest terror attack. He […]

WORLD – Boeing jet under scrutiny after Ethiopia crash

HEJERE, Ethiopia — Airlines in Ethiopia, China, Indonesia and elsewhere grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner Monday after the second devastating crash of one of the planes in five months. But Boeing said it had no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies. As the East African country mourned the 157 victims […]

No survivors as Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes with 157 people on board

BBC – An Ethiopian Airlines jet has crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board, the airline says. It said 149 passengers and eight crew members were believed to be on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya. The airline said that there were 33 different nationalities on board. […]

UK – Seven lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitis

LONDON — Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism — the biggest shake-up in years for one of Britain’s major political parties. The announcement ripped open a long-simmering rift between socialists and centrists in the party, which sees itself as the representative of Britain’s […]

WORLD-US ex-cardinal defrocked over abuse claims

BBC – A former Roman Catholic cardinal has been defrocked after historical sexual abuse allegations. Theodore McCarrick is the most senior Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times. US Church officials said allegations he had sexually assaulted a teenager five decades ago were credible. Mr McCarrick, 88, had previously resigned but […]

USA – ‘El Chapo’ convicted

NEW YORK — Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel. Guzman listened to a […]

Evacuations ordered over second Brazil dam risk

Authorities have ordered thousands to evacuate from a dam at risk of giving way in south-eastern Brazil, just days after a nearby dam collapsed. At least 37 have been killed and more than 250 others are feared dead in Friday’s disaster at an iron ore mine near the town of Brumadinho. Rescue operations have been […]

Skywatchers await ‘super blood wolf moon’

Skywatchers are gearing up for a lunar eclipse, which some are referring to as a “super blood wolf moon”. During the spectacular event, the Earth’s natural satellite turns a striking shade of red. The entire eclipse will be visible from North and South America, as well as parts of western Europe (including the UK) and […]

Trump offers ‘compromise’ to end government shutdown

BBC – US President Donald Trump has set out new plans on his Mexican wall project to try to end a partial government shutdown lasting more than four weeks. One of his “compromises” was on so-called Dreamers – who entered the US illegally when young. He still wants $5.7bn (£4.5bn) to fund the wall. Democrats […]

British PM May wins confidence vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote in the British parliament on Wednesday before proposing immediate talks with other party leaders in an attempt to break the deadlock on a Brexit divorce agreement. Lawmakers voted 325 to 306 that they had confidence in May’s government, just 24 hours after handing her […]

Paris ‘gas explosion’ kills three in city centre

BBC – Two firefighters and a Spanish woman have been killed after a huge blast at a bakery in France’s capital, Paris. The emergency services were responding to a gas leak when “a dramatic explosion” occurred, said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. Forty-seven people were injured, 10 seriously, in the blast on rue de Trévise at […]

Trump threatens ‘national emergency’ over wall

BBC – U.S. President Donald Trump has said he could declare a national emergency to build a US-Mexico border wall without the approval of Congress. It came after he met senior Democrats, who refused his requests for funding. The stand-off has seen Trump withhold support for a bill to fully fund the government until he […]

German mass data attack ‘known for weeks’ by cyber officials

BBC – Germany’s cybersecurity authorities have been criticised after it emerged they knew about a mass data attack on hundreds of politicians for weeks, but did not tell the police. Journalists, celebrities and politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are among those whose personal data was published online. The attacks took place throughout December, but did […]

Bangladesh opposition demand new vote

BBC – Bangladesh’s opposition has condemned what it has called a “farcical” election and demanded a new vote. Early results show Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s party in the lead, and she is likely to win a large majority. But there have been claims of vote-rigging, and a BBC correspondent saw filled ballot boxes at a […]

222 people killed after tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia

BBC – At least 222 people have been killed and 843 injured after a tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, government officials say. The tsunami waves struck at night without any warning, destroying hundreds of buildings. Officials say the tsunami could have been caused by undersea landslides after Anak Krakatau volcano erupted. The […]

UK – Local pair quizzed over Gatwick drones

BBC – A 47-year-old man and 54-year-old woman from Crawley are being questioned over multiple drone sightings that brought Gatwick Airport to a standstill. Flights were grounded for more than 36 hours when drones were first spotted close to the runway on Wednesday night. The airport has since reopened and flights were operating on schedule, […]

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