These are links to the stories making world headlines this Friday.
Investigators can’t explain with certainty why the left engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 malfunctioned when the plane was reaching over 32,000 feet. It’s too soon to determine what happened, said National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “I know people would want answers right away.
About 20 minutes after the flight departed from New York, passengers say they heard what sounded like explosions. Debris from an engine failure broke open a plane window. And what was most dire was a female passenger being sucked into the hole where the window had been.
“If we don’t think it’s going to be successful, we won’t have it,” the President said, standing alongside his Japanese counterpart at Trump’s oceanfront Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “If the meeting when I’m there isn’t fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting.” “I like always remaining flexible — we’ll remain flexible here,” Trump said.
California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) opened the inspection on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the group would not specify exactly what triggered the action, only that it “takes seriously reports of workplace hazards and allegations of employers’ under reporting recordable work-related injuries and illnesses.”
Melina Roberge, along with two accomplices, had embarked on a round-the-world cruise, taking in a number of exotic locations, before the 95 kg (210 lb) haul was discovered on their cruise ship when it docked in Sydney. Roberge broke down in tears in the courtroom, according to CNN’s Australian affiliate Channel 7.
Cuba’s National Assembly has nominated Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel to be the unopposed candidate to replace Raul Castro as the head of the Cuban government. Castro embraced Diaz-Canel — who wasn’t even born when Fidel Castro led his revolution in 1959 — during the session Wednesday, all but sealing his status as the island’s next president.
Willow was the last in a long line of royal corgis owned by Britain’s longest-serving monarch, reported British newspaper the Daily Mail. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the dog’s death, telling CNN it was a private matter.
Arous was an idyllic holiday resort in the Sudanese desert, on the banks of the Red Sea. But this glamorous destination was a base for Israeli agents with a secret mission.
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 a large number of CFM56-7B engines. Fan blades that have undergone a certain number of flights will be given ultrasonic tests, it said.
As the investigation continues into another alleged chemical attack in Syria, one group of influential online activists is busy spreading their version of events. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are attempting to access the previously rebel-held town of Douma, where medical organisations and rescue workers say President Bashar al-Assad’s forces dropped bombs filled with toxic chemicals in an attack on 7 April, killing more than 40 people.
A slip-up by supermarket Asda in an online order saw a woman charged £930 for a single banana. Bobbie Gordon, from Sherwood in Nottingham, said she was shocked to be billed £930.11 for the piece of fruit – instead of 11p.
German police are investigating an assault on two young men in Berlin, in which the attacker was filmed shouting anti-Semitic abuse. The men say they were harassed in the Prenzlauer Berg area on Monday while wearing Jewish skullcaps (kippahs). A video of the incident, which was later shared on Facebook, shows the attacker hitting the men with his belt.
Intruders stormed into the Nigerian upper house and took the symbolic mace.
Puerto Rico has suffered an island-wide power outage nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island’s infrastructure and power grid. The US territory’s power authority, known as Prepa, said it was working to restore service to almost 3.4 million people within 24 to 36 hours.
South Korean officials have discussed ways to formally end the Korean War with their counterparts in the United States and North Korea, officials in Seoul confirmed this week. The move comes amid thawing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and just days ahead of an April 27 meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and the South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Trevor Noah gave President Donald Trump credit where credit was due on Wednesday’s broadcast of “The Daily Show.” The late-night host does not shy away from regularly criticizing the president. But after explaining how CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to prepare for a summit between Kim and Trump, Noah offered sincere praise.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX’s first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life.
President Donald Trump boasted Wednesday about taking a tough stance on Russia despite backing off on issuing new sanctions over its support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. “There’s been nobody tougher on Russia than President Donald Trump,” he said. “With the media, no matter what I did, it’s never tough enough, because that’s their narrative.
The sun has siblings out there, and astronomers are looking for them. Astronomers have surveyed and collected the “DNA” of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way, which will help them understand how galaxies formed and evolved over time.
Quick, what’s Snapchat’s most important feature? While you’d be forgiven for answering “Stories,” the most important feature to Snapchat’s business today might be something else entirely: lenses. Yes, you read that right. The barfing rainbows and dog ears could end up being far more valuable to the company than the feature Facebook has worked so hard to copy.
Google just gave us a very long overdue gift: the ability to browse in silence. That’s because Google Chrome will finally mute annoying autoplaying videos by default. The update, part of Google Chrome 66, launched today for the browser’s desktop and mobile apps.
The Netflix comedy train just keeps on rolling. Netflix is getting a bizarre new comedy series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill called Maniac, and the streaming service gave the world its first look at the series on Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
Have fun in space, TESS! Our favorite new NASA mission – called TESS, short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite – launched to space at 6:51 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellite landed back on Earth on a drone ship in the Atlantic not long after.