Southwest Airlines engine explosion: US to order fan blade inspections

Image copyright EPA Image caption Signs of metal fatigue were found where the fan blade separated from the engine, experts said US aviation authorities are to order inspections of jet engines after a mid-air explosion that punctured an airliner’s window, killing a passenger. The Federal Aviation Administration said the “airworthiness directive” will require inspections of […]

Ex-FBI chief James Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president’

Image copyright AFP Image caption James Comey has infuriated President Trump as he promotes a new book Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump is a man “morally unfit to be president”, who treats women like “pieces of meat”. Mr Comey was giving his first major television interview since he was fired by […]

Russia warns of ‘dangerous’ escalation over Syria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russia is an ally of Syria and gives military backing to its government Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries. “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” […]

India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl

Image copyright EPA Image caption People are angry over the brutal rape and murder of Asifa Bano The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India. The body of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January […]

US House Speaker Ryan to stand down

Media captionWhat Paul Ryan quitting could really mean US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election this year, in a big blow to Republicans with mid-term elections looming. Congress’ most powerful lawmaker said he would not stand for another term in his Wisconsin district this November. Republicans already face a tough […]

UN: Central African Republic corpse protest was propaganda

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters say civilians were killed in clashes between UN troops and armed groups The UN says protesters who placed corpses in front of their headquarters in the Central African Republic (CAR) were using the bodies for “propaganda”. “Some people are using dead bodies… to say that we have killed civilians,” […]

Officer who dragged man from plane sues United Airlines

Media captionPassenger dragged off a United flight. Video: Audra D Bridges A former Chicago aviation security officer who was fired after dragging a man off a flight last year has filed a lawsuit against the airline and city. James Long is suing Chicago’s Department of Aviation (CDA), its commissioner and the city, alleging he was […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Russia warns US against military action

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Syrian Army soldiers gather near the town of Douma, where the suspected chemical attack happened Russia has urged the US to avoid taking military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria. “I would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you’re currently developing,” […]

Australian jailed for ‘despicable’ fake cancer scam

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Hanna Dickenson (R) falsely claimed to have cancer, a court heard An Australian woman who faked having terminal cancer before scamming money from friends of her family has been jailed for three months. Hanna Dickenson, 24, accepted A$42,000 (£22,000; $31,000) after telling her parents that she needed medical treatment overseas. […]

Twenty dead in attempted breakout from Brazil prison

Image copyright AFP Image caption The entrance of the Santa Izabel prison complex A number of inmates at a jail in the northern Brazilian city of Belem have died during an attempted mass breakout. They were aided by an armed group outside the jail which used explosives against one of the prison walls. One guard […]

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