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February 25, 2019 | Via Sky News

‘Hijacker’ Shot Dead After Bangladeshi Jet Makes Emergency Landing

A man who tried to enter the cockpit of a Bangladeshi jet has died in a shootout with soldiers after the plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Soldiers stormed the plane and shot the man after he refused to give himself up. The man appeared to have a pistol and explosives around his body, said the head of Bangladesh’s civil aviation authority, Air Vice Marshal Nayeem Hasan. The suspect died before reaching the hospital.

February 25, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Kim Jong-Un Boards Train for Two-Day Journey to Meet Trump in Vietnam

Kim Jong-un has boarded a train to Vietnam for his second summit with US president Donald Trump, North Korea state media have confirmed. The North Korean leader was accompanied by Kim Yong-chol, who has been a key negotiator in talks with the US, and by his sister Kim Yo-jong, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported. The Trump-Kim meeting is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Hanoi. In his meeting with Trump, Kim is expected to seek a US commitment for improved bilateral relations and partial sanctions relief while trying to minimise any concessions on his nuclear facilities and weapons.

February 25, 2019 | Via BBC

Trump to Delay Further Tariffs on Chinese Goods

President Donald Trump has announced that the US will delay imposing further trade tariffs on Chinese goods. The rise in import duties on Chinese goods from 10% to 25% was due to come into effect on 1 March. Mr Trump said both sides had made “substantial progress” in trade talks, which sent Chinese stocks up nearly 5%. A report from China’s official news agency Xinhua also noted “substantial progress” on specific issues such as technology transfer, intellectual property protection and agriculture.

February 25, 2019 | Via Reuters

At Home and Abroad, Netanyahu Faces Backlash for Far-Right Alliance

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has touched off rare criticism from AIPAC, the largest U.S. pro-Israel lobby, over an election alliance with a far-right party loyal to the policies of the late anti-Arab rabbi, Meir Kahane. Faced with a new merger of centrist parties that opinion polls show might defeat him, Netanyahu engineered the deal between Jewish Power and another ultranationalist faction, Jewish Home, on Wednesday. Netanyahu has defended the merger as a way to improve his chances of forming a right-wing governing coalition led by his Likud Party, to serve for a fifth term after the April 9 vote.

February 25, 2019 | Via BBC

Oscars 2019: Olivia Colman and Green Book Spring Surprise Wins

British actress Olivia Colman defied the odds to scoop an Oscar on a night when Green Book also sprang a surprise by winning the award for best film. Green Book won three trophies in total, including best picture, which had been expected to go to Netflix’s Roma. Bohemian Rhapsody won the most awards in total with four, while Roma and Black Panther also won three each. The four awards for Bohemian Rhapsody, the authorized biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury, included best actor for Rami Malek, who won rave reviews for playing the late singer.

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