Can Boeing weather the 737 Max storm?

Can Boeing weather the 737 Max storm?

It could take months to determine exactly why a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all 157 people on board. But the safety concerns raised by the second deadly crash in five months involving the model have unleashed a storm around Boeing and its most…
Juan Guaido calls for mass protests ahead of return to Venezuela

Juan Guaido calls for mass protests ahead of return to Venezuela

Opposition leader Juan Guaido called for nationwide demonstrations on Monday to coincide with his planned return to Venezuela, a challenge expected to escalate his power struggle with President Nicolas Maduro. Guaido on Sunday said Venezuelans should monitor his official announcements and he would provide details about meeting points for supporters. He said they should gather…
Images show madrasa buildings standing after Indian attack claim

Images show madrasa buildings standing after Indian attack claim

Satellite images show a religious school run by Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan still appears to be standing days after India claimed warplanes destroyed it and killed a large number of fighters. The images produced by Planet Labs Inc, a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, show at least six buildings on the school's site on…
Control system under scrutiny after Ethiopian Airlines crash

Control system under scrutiny after Ethiopian Airlines crash

An advanced control system designed to stop Boeing's top-selling 737 MAX 8 from stalling in mid-flight is coming under scrutiny following Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed 157 people. The aircraft's state-of-the-art Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was also implicated in the downing last year of Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia, when all…
Defecting from North Korea

Defecting from North Korea

While the world watches North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump go from enemies to friends, the regime's humanitarian abuses fade further into the background. Thousands of people slave away in labour camps, millions are undernourished and everyone lives a life under government scrutiny. We hear from defector Jihyun Park, who…
Hezbollah set to take centre stage as Pompeo heads to Lebanon

Hezbollah set to take centre stage as Pompeo heads to Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon - In January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went on a diplomatic mission to scuttle Syria's readmission to the Arab League. On Thursday, he is expected in Lebanon, where he is set to target another one of Iran's allies, Hezbollah. Pompeo is scheduled to hold talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and is expected…
Sudanese protesters ‘defiant’ in face of Bashir’s emergency laws

Sudanese protesters ‘defiant’ in face of Bashir’s emergency laws

As hundreds of protesters took the streets of Sudan's city of Omdurman, activists across the East African country called for sustained anti-government action to challenge emergency laws launched by President Omar al-Bashir last month.   The one-year state of emergency announced on February 22 gives state authorities extended powers to detain protesters and crack down on public gatherings, but activists who…
All-female Argentina tango festival calls for end to machismo

All-female Argentina tango festival calls for end to machismo

Buenos Aires - Edmundo Rivero's 1963 tango classic, Amablemente, tells the story of a man finding his lover in the arms of another, then recounts the woman's brutal murder, while the rival is spared. "With great calmness, lovingly, he stabbed her 34 times," the lyrics say.  "The man is not guilty in these types of situations," they…
Women land defenders face ‘extreme criminalisation’, added risks

Women land defenders face ‘extreme criminalisation’, added risks

El Estor, Guatemala - Since her teen years, Maria Magdalena Cuc Choc, now 39, has defended the natural resources of El Estor, a predominantly Mayan Q'eqchi' community on the western edge of Lake Izabal. The calm, blue water surrounded by lush forest cover is home to hundreds of species of freshwater fish, lizards, crocodiles, manatees and…
MBS approved ‘intervention’ against dissidents: NYT report

MBS approved ‘intervention’ against dissidents: NYT report

More than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, the New York Times has reported. The campaign included surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudis, said the report published on Sunday citing the US officials who have read classified…

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