Black box data from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed a week ago, killing all 157 people aboard, shows a “clear similarity” to the Lion Air disaster five months ago, an official said Sunday. Both of the jets were Boeing 737 MAX 8s. Satellite-based tracking data has shown that both flights had similar erratic movements, which could indicate the pilots struggled to control their aircraft, the US Federal Aviation Administration said.
A gunman has opened fire inside a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, killing one person and injuring several others, reports say. The area in the west of the city has been cordoned off by authorities, and emergency services are at the scene. Authorities said the gunman is still at large. Police have asked people to stay away from the area and schools to keep their doors closed. They say they are investigating a “possible terrorist motive”.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. “Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer,” Ardern told a news conference after her cabinet reached in principle decisions on gun reform laws in the wake of New Zealand’s worst ever mass shooting.
At least 50 people have been killed in eastern Indonesia as a result of flash flooding and a landslide, Indonesia’s disaster management said. Nearly 60 people were also injured and sent to the hospital, the agency said in a news release. Search and rescue operations are underway in some of the affected areas. Authorities cannot reach some of the hardest-hit places because of downed trees, damaged roads and detritus blocking their paths.
Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank confirmed on Sunday they were in talks about a merger, prompting labor union concerns about possible job losses and questions from analysts about the merits of a combination. Germany’s two largest banks issued short statements following separate meetings of their management boards, a person with knowledge of the matter said, indicating a quickening of pace in the merger process, although both also warned that a deal was far from certain.