World News Briefs For Saturday, 19 May 2018
Hello Australia!! - Three people survive a plane crash that killed 100 - America's latest high school gun massacre claims ten - Malaysia's Najib Razak apparently didn't do much to hide the evidence - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
It is believed that at least 101 people are dead in a plane crash in Cuba, while three people somehow survived and were rushed to hospital. Cubana de Aviacion Flight DMJ 0972 plunged to the ground shortly after taking off from Jose Marti International Airport outside the Cuban capital Havana. The destination was the city of Holguin in the island's east, meaning that the plane would have been crowded with families andlocal business travelers. President Miguel Diaz-Canal rushed to the scene of the crash, which showed the airliner had been torn asunder with its winds strewn about a debris field in the tropical bush.
Because of the US economic embargo, Cuba's aging fleet of Russian and European passenger planes have fallen into disrepair and getting parts is difficult. Thus, the state-owned airline leases aircraft: In this case, the downed Boeing 737-200 was built in 1988 for Southwest Airlines in the US, and had been sold and resold over the years to airlines in Italy and Kazahkstan before coming into the possession of Global Aerolineas Damojh of Guadalajara of Mexico. That company leased it to an Italian airline which operates flights for Cubana. These sorts of leases are common throughout the airline industry.
Across the Gulf of Mexico, on the Texas coast..
A 17-year old student armed with his father's shotgun and pistols murdered nine classmates and one teacher at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas. The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, also appears to have planted pipe bombs and pressure cooker bombs around the neighborhood before the rampage. He may also have had an accomplice, who police questioned as they booked Pagourtzis into the Galveston County Jail on capital murder charges. The kid is being held without bail. "Officers inside encountered a bloody mess in the school," a police source told the Houston Chronicle, "Evidently this guy threw pipe bombs all in there. We don't know if any of them went off."
Although Texas Governor Greg Abbott for whatever reason claimed there were no warning signs, the truth is that red flags were all over the place. Pagourtzis had recently made social media posts showing a green trench coat decorated with nazi symbols, and he did wear a trenchcoat during the massacre. His posts also included a photo of a t-shirt with the slogan "Born to Kill". And instead of blaming the proliferation of guns in America and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick actually said that schools "have too many doors"; and if only the school had one door, maybe he could have been stopped before going in. He actually said this.
Investigators seized bags of foreign cash from properties belonging to Malaysia's ousted prime minister Najib Razak, as well as hundreds of boxes of luxury goods including "284 boxes containing designer handbags", watches, and jewels. Najib has previously denied skimming US$700 Million from the 1MDB national development fund under his control. Najib's lawyer claims the items, reflecting a who's-who of designer labels, "would seem of insignificant value".
The orange clown Donald Trump has caved in to North Korea's demands, cancelling a training exercise involving US B-52 bombers and South Korean planes. North Korea had bitterly complained about the joint military exercises, as it does every year, and shut down peace talks with the South while threatening to call off next month's planned summit between Kim Jong-un and Trump. Other joint exercises are still scheduled to continue.
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet an international public health emergency. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) maintains there there was a "strong reason to believe that the outbreak can be brought under control". At least 45 people are believed to have been infected in the current outbreak and 25 deaths are being investigated.
All 34 of Chile's Roman Catholic bishops are offering to resign over that country's clergy sex abuse scandal. It's not clear if pope Francis will accept the resignations. Pope Francis has been criticized for promoting a priest to bishop even after it became known the man had used his position to cover-up child sex crimes committed by another priest.