Lion Air crash: Investigators hunt for black-box answers

Search teams scoured the sea off Indonesia on Tuesday for any signs of life and to collect evidence to determine what brought down a Lion Air flight with 189 people aboard. Divers hunted for the main fuselage and deployed underwater beacons to trace the flight's black box recorders in order to find out what caused…

The North Korean defectors living in the Netherlands

The names of the North Korean defectors have been changed in this article to protect their identities. Gilze en Rijen and Musselkanaal, The Netherlands - Kyung-Ae Choi*, a North Korean woman in her early fifties, first arrived in Europe on a fake Chinese passport, in 2012.  It had been given to her by a Chinese…

Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of parliament

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has overturned President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections. The decision on Tuesday was the latest in a protracted political crisis that was triggered by Sirisena's surprise move on October 26 to fire Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replace him with Mahinda…

‘Time running out’ for Indonesia tsunami survivors

Time was running out on Wednesday for anyone trapped in the debris of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, five days after disaster struck. The death toll on the island of Sulawesi climbed to 1,347, according to the country's disaster management agency, as rescue teams scrambled to locate survivors. Authorities and aid workers struggled to…

US tourist ‘killed’ by arrow-shooting Andaman island tribesmen

A United States tourist is believed to have been killed by an isolated Indian island tribe known to fire at outsiders with bows and arrows, Indian police said. Seven fishermen have been arrested for facilitating John Allen Chau's visit to North Sentinel Island, where the killing apparently occurred, police officer Vijay Singh said. Visits to…

Ukraine imposes martial law as tensions with Russia flare

The United Nations has held an emergency session on what Ukraine has called "an act of aggression" off the coast of Crimea, following the seizure by Russia of three Ukrainian ships during a naval clash in the Black Sea. The Security Council meeting on Monday came just a few hours before the Ukrainian parliament passed a proposal by the country's…

Will OPEC appease Donald Trump?

The United States is ramping up pressure on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to keep oil prices low. US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Twitter ahead of Sunday's meeting: "We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they…

Will having more women in US Congress change anything?

Over the past few months, pundits have obsessed over the unprecedented surge in the number of female candidates in the upcoming congressional elections in the United States, calling it "the year of the woman" or the "pink wave". Some have insisted that this significant increase (from 183 in 2016 to 262 this year) is a forceful…

What’s behind Europe’s scorching temperatures?

Temperatures in Europe are soaring close to their highest ever. Forty-eight degrees Celsius is the current record, set in the Greek capital, Athens, back in 1977. This weekend's continental heatwave is expected to smash the all-time high. Hot air from Africa's baking Spain and Portugal in the Iberian peninsula. Record-breaking temperatures have been recorded in…

Palestine sues US at international court over Jerusalem embassy

Palestine  filed a complaint against the United States with the United Nations top court over Washington's decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  In a statement issued on Friday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said Palestine contends the embassy's relocation is in breach of the 1961 Vienna Convention…

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