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24th March

Guns and tourists: Aboard the unlikely India-Pakistan ‘friendship bus’

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – One Friday morning before dawn, a half-empty Volvo coach slipped out of New Delhi’s Ambedkar bus terminal under armed guard, the sirens of a police convoy wailing. Carrying a mixture of...

Confusion, grief as hunt for remains from Ethiopia crash halted

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A child’s foot. Fingers. A passport. Body parts and personal effects were still strewn across the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 15, a witness told Reuters, five days after the disaster and the day before recovery efforts were halted. With the site now fenced off, bereaved families...

Polish zoo p-p-picks up an albino penguin

WARSAW (Reuters) – An albino pengiun made its debut appearance at a Polish zoo on Friday – the only bird of its kind in captivity, said staff. The three-month-old does not have a name, as Gdansk Zoo does not yet know if it is male or female. “It is shy and a little bit scared…...

Rwandan court convicts 15 on terror-related charges

KIGALI (Reuters) – A Rwandan high court on Friday sentenced 13 people to five years and two others to ten years in jail after convicting them of belonging to extremist groups including al Shabaab and Islamic State and providing them support. The court in Rwanda’s southern Nyanza area acquitted 25 others after the prosecution failed...

Floods shut nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

MEAD, Neb./NEW YORK (Reuters) РMassive flooding in the U.S. Midwest has knocked out roughly 13 percent of the country’s ethanol production capacity, as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota have been forced to shut down or scale back production following the devastation. Production facilities owned by large companies like Archer Daniels Midland Co...

Suspicion and strife strain Ethiopian plane crash probe

ADDIS ABABA/PARIS (Reuters) – At the headquarters of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, a paper sign balanced above room 107 and a threadbare square of carpet welcome a stream of foreign visitors to the Accident Investigation Bureau. The office – with three investigators and an annual budget of less than 2.5 million Birr ($89,000) –...

23rd March

Shortages of everything, and worries about relatives, for Mozambique flood survivors

GUARA GUARA, Mozambique (Reuters) – At a camp near the city of Beira for people rescued from Mozambique’s catastrophic flooding, residents were dealing on Friday with worries about their future and shortages of pretty much everything – water, food and medicines. Also, painfully, some of them lacked information about how their relatives were faring. Aid...

U.N. experts rebuke U.S. ‘threats’, visa ban on ICC investigators

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights experts called on the United States on Friday to stop its “threats” and visa bans against the International Criminal Court (ICC), which they rejected as “improper interference”. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a week ago that the United States will withdraw or deny visas to any...

American Airlines pilots will test 737 MAX software fix in Boeing simulator

CHICAGO (Reuters) – American Airlines pilots will test Boeing Co’s 737 MAX software fix on simulators this weekend, the pilots’ union told Reuters on Thursday, a key step in restoring confidence in the jet after two fatal crashes. Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its...

Engineering elections? U.S. top court examines electoral map manipulation

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Reuters) – Before the Republican-led state legislature divided their city and even their college campus into two different districts in a bid to boost the party’s election chances, students like recent graduate Vashti Smith could vote for the Democratic U.S. congressional candidate and know that person could win. Thanks to partisan gerrymandering –...

Water is now gold for desperate Venezuelans

CARACAS (Reuters) – Living with a scarcity of water is becoming the norm for many Venezuelans. Families interviewed by Reuters say they have spent months without receiving any water from the tap after power blackouts cut off supply and pipes failed due to a lack of maintenance. Faced with uncertainty of when it might return,...

“We are one” says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silence

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – The Muslim call to prayer sounded out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al...

Climate change’s fingerprints are on U.S. Midwest floods: scientists

(Reuters) – Climate change played a hand in the deadly floods in the U.S. upper Midwest that have damaged crops and drowned livestock, scientists said on Thursday, while a Trump administration official said more homework was needed before making that link. The “bomb cyclone” that dumped rain on Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri and killed at...

Deadly floods push into Missouri, more states in rain-soaked US Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – Frigid floodwaters pushing down the Missouri River left ruins, death and drowned livestock in their wake across the U.S. Midwest’s farmland, and were expected to crest in northwest Missouri early Friday, with more cities and towns under threat. Voluntary evacuations were advised in the small riverfront city of St. Joseph,...

Attackers throw explosive at Russian consulate in Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) – Attackers on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade at the Russian consulate in Athens early on Friday, causing no injuries and slight damage, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the early morning attack on the consulate in the Athens suburb of Chalandri. Police had cordoned off the area....

Low prices to eat into EU sugar beet area as planting starts

PARIS (Reuters) – Farmers in western Europe have begun sugar beet planting, with first indications pointing to a drop in area for the next harvest after a price slump fueled by the end of European Union production quotas. The market downturn has prompted Europe’s biggest sugar refiner Suedzucker to announce the closure of several factories...

Vietnam protests to China over South China Sea boat sinking

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat which was being chased by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel in the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam said late on Thursday. Vietnam and China have for years long been embroiled in a dispute over the potentially...

Turkey orders detention of 144 over Gulen links

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Istanbul chief prosecutor said on Friday it had ordered the detention of 126 suspects employed in the judicial system with alleged links to the network of Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who Turkey says orchestrated a July 2016 coup attempt. About 250 people were killed in the failed putsch, in which Gulen,...

Ferry capsize kills nearly 80 in Iraq’s Mosul – medics

MOSUL (Reuters) – At least 79 people died when an overloaded ferry carrying families on an outing sank in the Tigris river in Mosul in northern Iraq, medical sources told Reuters on Thursday. Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim, said the head of Mosul’s Civil Defence...

Mississippi governor signs ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

(Reuters) – Mississippi’s Republican governor signed one of America’s strictest abortion bills on Thursday banning women from obtaining an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can often occur before a woman even realizes she is pregnant. Dubbed the ‘heartbeat bill,’ this is the second legislative attempt in less than a year aimed at...

Ethiopia crash captain did not train on airline’s MAX simulator – source

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The captain of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight did not get a chance to practise on his airline’s new simulator for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 before he died in a crash with 157 others, a pilot colleague said. Captain Yared Getachew, 29, was due for refresher training at the end...

For asylum seekers in Mexico, U.S. judge asks, “How does the court serve them?”

SAN DIEGO/EL PASO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday questioned how the government would be able to properly attend to Central American asylum seekers forced to live in Mexico while their claims are processed, on the same day the government expanded the program to El Paso. The program is a key part of measures...

22nd March

Prince Charles heads to Cuba despite U.S. crackdown

HAVANA (Reuters) – Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrive in Cuba on Sunday as part of a Caribbean tour, the first British royals to visit the Communist-run nation even as ally the United States seeks to isolate the country. The royal couple were asked by the UK government to add Cuba to their tour...

GSK reports positive data for experimental blood cancer drug

(Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline received a boost for its oncology research on Thursday, as it reported further positive data from a study of its experimental drug for blood cancer. The DREAMM-1 study of patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma confirmed the potential effectiveness of the medicine, GSK said. “We are aggressively advancing this potential new medicine and...

Explosions in Afghan capital Kabul kill six during new year festival

KABUL (Reuters) – Several explosions in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday killed six people and wounded 23 in an attack during celebrations to mark the Persian new year, government spokesmen said. The attacks came on Nowruz, an ancient Persian festival to mark the start of spring that is widely celebrated in Afghanistan but...

Boeing to mandate safety alert in 737 MAX software upgrade -sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co will mandate a previously optional cockpit warning light as part of a forthcoming software update to the 737 MAX fleet that was grounded in the wake of two fatal crashes, two officials briefed on the matter said Thursday. Boeing previously offered the AOA DISAGREE alert, which warns pilots when the...

Facebook fixes glitch that exposed millions of user passwords to employees

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it has resolved a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees. The passwords were accessible to as many as 20,000 Facebook employees and dated back as early as 2012, cyber security blog KrebsOnSecurity, which first reported...

EU leaders to discuss stronger shield against Chinese influence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will weigh a more defensive strategy on China on Thursday, signalling a possible end to the unfettered access Chinese business has enjoyed in Europe but which Beijing has failed to reciprocate. Caught between a new U.S.-Chinese rivalry for economic and military power, EU leaders will try to find an...

Mozambique death toll rises to 242 after cyclone – minister

BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) – Mozambique’s Minister of Land and Environment Celso Correia said on Thursday the death toll has risen to 242 in the country, after a cyclone ripped through southern Africa and triggered devastating floods that have killed hundreds of people and displaced hundreds of thousands. Earlier on Thursday Correia had said the number...

Boeing, FAA officials called to testify in U.S. Senate on 737 MAX plane crashes

ADDIS ABABA/JAKARTA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co faced growing pressure in Washington on Wednesday as U.S. lawmakers called for executives to testify about two crashed 737 MAX jets while the world’s biggest planemaker worked on returning the grounded fleet to the skies. The Senate hearing, at an unspecified date, would be the first time that a...

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