An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board and raising questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October. “There are no survivors,” the airline tweeted alongside a picture of Chief Executive Tewolde GebreMariam holding up a piece of debris inside a large crater at the crash site. “The pilot mentioned that he had difficulties and that he wanted to return,” Tewolde told a news conference. Passengers from 33 countries were aboard, said Tewolde.
The Indonesian woman accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, has been freed after charges against her were dropped. Siti Aisyah had been accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Mr Kim’s face in Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017. After several months of delay, the defense phase of the trial was set to begin Monday, with testimony from Ms Huong. However, the prosecutor in the case requested the murder charge for Siti Aisyah be dropped, without giving a reason.
British ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s baby died Friday of pneumonia after being rushed to hospital with a lung infection. The 19-year-old and newborn Jarrah had recently been living at a desert refugee camp after being told she had been stripped of her British citizenship. A paramedic at the scene told the BBC the baby was having breathing difficulties and was taken to hospital along with Begum on Thursday morning. Innocent Jarrah, who was a British citizen, is now the teen’s third child to die after she fled the UK to join up with the terror group in Syria.
China, Indonesia, and Ethiopia grounded their Boeing 737 MAX-8 fleets on Monday while investigators found the black box from a crash that killed 157 people in the second disaster involving that airplane model in six months. India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also said it is reviewing safety issues related to Boeing’s 737 MAX-8 aircraft operating in the country. The 737 line is the world’s best selling modern passenger aircraft and viewed as one of the industry’s most reliable.
A woman who was attacked by a jaguar at an Arizona zoo has apologized for the incident, according to a zoo spokeswoman. The zoo, citing witness accounts, has said the woman crossed over a barrier to get a photo and was attacked by a female jaguar. The woman was injured and required medical attention, according to the fire department. “The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure … please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight,” the zoo tweeted.
Airstrikes have targeted Islamic State weapons stores as the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an attack against the jihadists’ enclave in Baghuz near the Iraqi border. The assault by the SDF aims to wipe out the last vestige of Isis’s self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. While the Baghuz enclave represents the last shred of populated land held by the jihadists, the group is still widely seen as a big security threat with remote territory elsewhere and the continued capacity to launch guerrilla attacks.