German camera maker Leica stirs controversy in China

German camera maker Leica has become the latest company to draw fire over an advertisement deemed offensive in China, distancing itself from a short film that broaches the taboo subject of the 1989 Tiananmen protest crackdown. Continue Reading

Expert panel to review Boeing 737 Max flight controls’ approval by FAA

A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency. Continue Reading

Islamic State terrorists launch deadly attack against pro-Damascus fighters

Islamic State group jihadists have killed 35 pro-Damascus fighters in Syria, in what a monitoring group described Saturday as their deadliest operation since the fall of the “caliphate”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four senior Syrian army officers were among the troops and allied militiamen killed in the desert east of Homs province over the past 48 hours. Continue Reading

US officials jail man linked to N Korea embassy raid in Spain

US authorities have arrested a former marine in connection with a mysterious February raid on North Korea’s embassy in Spain during which masked assailants roughed-up staff and stole computers, the media reported Saturday. Continue Reading

Ireland journalist shooting: Two teens arrested

Two teenage men have been arrested after the shooting dead of a journalist in Northern Ireland, police said Saturday. The 18 and 19-year-olds were arrested in Londonderry under anti-terror laws and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. Continue Reading

I won’t resign, says Czech billionaire PM Andrej Babis over alleged role in fraud

Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday he would not resign if indicted for his alleged role in a two-million-euro EU subsidy fraud. Police this week recommended that Babis be indicted over the case which could see him and several others, including family members, spending five to ten years in prison. Continue Reading

China: 13,000 Xinjiang ‘terrorists’ arrested since 2014

China says it has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists in the traditionally Islamic region of Xinjiang since 2014 and broken up hundreds of ‘terrorist gangs.’ The figures were included in a government report on the situation in the restive northwestern territory that seeks to respond to growing criticism over the internment of an estimated 1 million members of the Uighur Continue Reading

Sri Lanka Army says its ready for any war crime investigation

Sri Lanka Army is ready for any kind of investigation to defend its soldiers against allegations of grave human rights abuses at the end of the island nation’s decades-long civil war against the LTTE. Sri Lanka Army along with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was accused of war crimes during the final phase of the military conflict that ended in 2009 with the killing of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran Continue Reading

Australians police raid homes of New Zealand terror suspect

Australian counter-terrorism police on Monday searched two homes linked to the family members of the gunman accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch to obtain material that may assist New Zealand Police in their investigation into the terror attack. Continue Reading

Ethiopia airline crash: Black box in good condition

Ethiopian minister says black box in good shape Addis Ababa, Mar 18 (AP) Ethiopia’s transport minister says the black box from the plane crash one week ago is in good condition. Dagmawit Moges told reporters on Sunday evening that data so far shows there is a ‘clear similarity’ between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and an earlier one in Indonesia that involved the same type of plane. Continue Reading