1. Arrest of Ethiopian Airlines
Airlines in several countries have landed the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in their fleet, after a flight of the same model of the Ethiopian company crashed yesterday, killing 157 people. There were no survivors. The ET302 flight had just taken off from Addis Abada, in Ethiopia – on its way to Nairobi, Kenya – when it reported technical problems. It crashed a few minutes later. It is the second time in five months that a new Boeing crashed just minutes away. Already in October a Lion Air flight – also a Boeing 737 MAX 8 – crashed into the Java Sea, killing 189 people.
This incident is a real international tragedy. People from 35 nations were passengers on the convicted flight, the largest number of them from Kenya. Eighteen Canadians, eight Americans and 19 UN staff members died in the crash. A student from the law school in Georgetown, Kenya, was killed, as was noted by the Nigerian scholar Pius Adesanmi and the family of a Slovak legislator. Read the latest news on the victims here and get the latest updates on the investigation of the accident. Unfortunately, there were two other fatal incidents over the weekend.
2. Federal budget
The budget battle between President Trump and the Democrats who lead the House resumes today. Trump will present a budget roadmap that aims to balance the budget in 15 years by cutting non-defense spending. The White House proposes $ 2.7 trillion of spending cuts on education, health and environmental protection, while trying to increase defense spending by 4.7% to $ 750 billion. The president is still trying to get funds for a border wall. The proposed budget will also require $ 8.6 billion for the much sought-after Trump barrier on the US-Mexico border. Kentucky Democratic Representative John Yarmuth, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Trump's budget had "no chance in the House".
The Venezuelan opposition leader and the self-proclaimed interim president are about to demand a state of emergency for his country. Juan Guaido said he would call for the "state of national emergency" during a special session of parliament today after a massive power outage paralyzed the country. Guaido blamed the blackouts for 17 deaths and told CNN that the break was a sign that the country "really collapsed". President Nicolas Maduro has accused the United States of having a hand in blackouts. He said the sabotage caused by a US cyber attack was behind power outages. But Guaido says it makes no sense because Venezuela's main power plant is old and not connected to any network.
4. Kim Jong Nam kills
One of the two women accused of killing Kim Jong Un's half-brother was released unexpectedly this morning. The accusation of murder against Siti Aisyah was abandoned, but prosecutors in Malaysia did not say why. It is expected that Aisyah will return to his native country, Indonesia, later today. Prosecutors have not issued any charges against his co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong. Aisyah and Huong were accused of killing Kim Jong Nam in February 2017 and were sentenced to death if convicted.
The authorities say they rubbed the VX nerve agent on Kim's face as he entered the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, killing him in a few minutes. Lawyers for women claim to have been deceived by North Korean agents. The United States says the North is responsible for murder, but the regime denies any involvement in the crime.
5. Energy exports
The United States is about to become the world leader in energy exports. Later this year the United States will pass to Saudi Arabia for oil, natural gas and oil exports, expects the energy research company Rystad Energy. This has never happened since Saudi Arabia started selling oil abroad over the years & # 39; 50. So what's behind this? The boom of shale oil and natural gas. Drilling innovations have opened vast areas of resources in shale oil fields in Texas, North Dakota and other places. Thanks to the shale, the United States has doubled its oil production in the last ten years. America now pumps more oil than the Saudis or the Russians.
In a Barbie world
Check out the Hilton hotel suite in Mexico City that was stolen with a Barbie DreamCamper and six decades of rare Barbie.
Eye on the shield
When Captain America, or rather the actor Chris Evans, visited DC last week, Texas representative Dan Crenshaw raised the eye patch to show him something special.
The nursing student with cancer should not live to see her graduation in May 2020. So her classmates held a surprise ceremony for her.
J. Rod or A-Lo?
Guess it's time to invent one of those cute nicknames combined for J. Lo and A-Rod. The superstar couple has announced that they are engaged.
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"At no time did the animal come out of its enclosure … please understand why barriers are put".
A tweet from the Wildlife World Zoo in the suburbs of Phoenix, after a woman was attacked by a jaguar at the zoo. According to witnesses, the woman crossed a barrier to the jaguar fence to take a selfie when the animal attacked. The woman suffered non-fatal injury to the arm.
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Cute children draw wild and new hairstyles for their parents. What could go wrong? (Click to view)