A tour bus carrying German tourists crashed on Portugal’s Madeira Island on Wednesday, killing 29 people and injuring 28 others, local authorities said. Local television showed bodies scattered over a rural hillside next to the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira, off northwestern Africa, is a popular vacation destination for Europeans due to its mild climate and lush, hilly landscape. Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said preliminary reports he had received indicated all the dead were German.
Four hours after a pig’s death, Yale scientists restored circulation and revived cellular activity within the dead animal’s brain. The cells of the brain remained viable six hours later, compared with other brains not preserved using the newly developed process, the researchers reported. Although its cells were kept alive, the brain itself never displayed the sort of organized electrical activity associated with consciousness, said senior researcher Dr. Nenad Sestan.
Former Peruvian President Alan García shot himself in the head and died Wednesday moments after police arrived at his home to arrest him on corruption allegations in Latin America’s largest graft probe. President Martin Vizcarra announced the death on Twitter, saying that doctors in the capital city of Lima performed emergency surgery and tried three times to resuscitate Garcia. The scandal has touched nearly every living former president.
North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. Both the demand for Pompeo’s removal from the talks and the weapon test point to Pyongyang’s displeasure with the deadlocked negotiations. In a statement issued under the name of Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the American Affairs Department at Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry, North Korea accused Pompeo of “talking nonsense” and misrepresenting Kim’s comments.
India’s debt-stricken Jet Airways has announced the suspension of all operations after failing to secure emergency funding from lenders. The carrier, saddled with roughly $1.2bn of bank debt, has been teetering for weeks after failing to receive a stopgap loan of about $217m from its lenders as part of a rescue deal agreed in late March. Without the funding, the airline would not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep operations going. The company, which until November was India’s second-biggest airline by market share, employs more than 20,000 people.