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Boeing 737 MAX may not return to service until August

Boeing Co's 737 MAX is unlikely to return to service before August, the head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday, adding that the final say on the timing rested with regulators.

The 737 MAX was grounded globally in March after a crash in Ethiopia killed all 157 people on board, the model's second deadly crash in five months.

"We do not expect something before 10 to 12 weeks in re-entry into service," IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac told reporters in Seoul. "But it is not our hands. That is in the hands of regulators."

Dragon Drama: Game of Thrones Has an Air Power Problem

Whether Daenerys can temper her use of military force to protect the populace of the kingdom she claims a right to rule has emerged as one of the central moral tests, and potentially, moral tragedies, of the long-running series. That same ethical dilemma haunts many military campaigns today.
Dragon Drama: Game of Thrones Has an Air Power Problem

How elementary school teacher raped her 10-year-old student

A 34-year-old Louisiana teacher is accused of raping her 10-year-old male student.
A statement from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office confirms the charges against Deidre Smith of Sulphur, a teacher at the Lake Charles Charter Academy in Lake Charles.
According to the statement, police received a tip about the teacher’s alleged conduct from a school administrator.
Investigators learned Smith and the boy allegedly had sexual intercourse in 2018.

Shell: Dutch Court rules in favour of wives of slain Ogoni leaders

A Dutch court said on Wednesday that it had jurisdiction to hear a suit brought against Royal Dutch Shell by Esther Kiobel and three other Ogoni widows with regard to Shell’s involvement in the alleged unlawful arrest, detention and execution of their husbands by the Nigerian military government in 1995.
It ruled in favour of the Ogoni widows, the plaintiffs, that the court does have jurisdiction of the case and that it should not be time barred.

Rage, hope as Venezuelan soldiers join anti-Maduro protests

Smoke and tear gas filled the air outside the military base in Caracas, where crowds chanting "Free Venezuela" flocked to embrace the band of soldiers who joined Juan Guaido's bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday.

Violent clashes unfolded all day outside La Carlota base, where thousands of flag-waving opposition demonstrators took a stand alongside a dozen rebel soldiers, wearing blue armbands to show their new allegiance.

Emperor Naruhito ascends throne in Japan with 'sense of solemnity'

Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally took up his post on Wednesday a day after the abdication of his father, saying he felt a "sense of solemnity" but pledging to work as a symbol of the nation and the unity of its people.

Former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stepped down after three decades in their roles on Tuesday in a brief and simple ceremony, with Akihito thanking the people of Japan and saying he prayed for peace.

Leave my country alone, Sri Lanka president tells Islamic State

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said a foreign mastermind may have planned the Easter Sunday bombings, claimed by Islamic State, telling the militant group to "leave my country alone".

Sirisena also warned it may be possible Islamic State had launched a "new strategy" by targeting smaller countries, Sky New said on Wednesday.

Norwegian fishermen find whale wearing harness, prompting concern it is a Russian military spy

A group of Norwegian fishermen was left with more questions than answers after repeatedly being approached by a whale they believed to be a Russian spy.

While fishing off the coast of Ingoya — a small Norwegian village — last week, Joar Hesten told a local television station that a large white beluga whale swam up to his crew’s boat, wearing a harness around its body.

The whale had been following the boat for some time, tugging on loose straps hanging from the ship.

Breaking: Nigerian govt secures release of Zainab Aliyu

The Federal Government has secured the release of Zainab Aliyu, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said that the government has been able to establish the innocence of Zainab and the second Nigerian involved in the case, Ibrahim Abubakar, will be released tomorrow to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia.

Boko Haram attacks Cameroon, kills four

Jihadists from Nigeria's Boko Haram killed at least four people and badly wounded four others in an attack on Kofia, a Cameroonian island on Lake Chad, an official source told AFP on Sunday.

The attackers also destroyed part of a military post and vandalised shops in the attack late Saturday, the source said, adding three civilians and one soldier were killed.

Kofia island is in the far north of Cameroon near the border with Chad.

"Cameroon and Chadian forces" were pursuing the assailants, the source said.

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