After a naval confrontation off Crimea with Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked NATO to send ships to the Sea of Azov. At least 11 Russian vessels surrounded Ukraine’s two ships opening fire on Sunday. Russia announced on Wednesday it will send another advanced anti-aircraft system to the area. NATO expressed ‘full support’ for Ukraine.
A preliminary report was released on the October 29th Lion Air flight JT610 crash which killed 189 people. The report shows that the plane’s pilots fought against the aircraft’s automatic systems minutes before it crashed into the ocean. Investigators say the flight took off despite pilots’ awareness of various malfunctions which made the plane ‘unairworthy.’
According to a report by 150 experts climate change is already damaging people’s health. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change says the health effects include dengue fever in tropics and deadly heatwaves in Europe. High temperatures damaged the ability to grow crops. The report highlights the lack of progress in preventing climate change.
He Jiankui the Chinese scientist who claims he created the world’s first genetically edited babies defended his work at a genome summit in Hong Kong. He announced the possibility of a third child being born following the twin girls born this month. The controversial gene editing program has been halted following international opposition.
The US charged two Iranians in a hacking attack which lasted for 34 months. The perpetrators earned millions of dollars by using software that locks files and systems and requires a fee to unlock them. The perpetrators are out of US law enforcement’s reach but the FBI said ‘they can be apprehended if they travel.’
Norwegian Magnus Carlsen beat US opponent Fabiano Caruana in a tie-breaker to retain his World Chess Championship title. Caruana would have been the first US citizen to win since Bobby Fischer in 1972. Carlsen said the win ‘was huge for me.’ The 27-year-old defending world champion has held the title since 2013.