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Posted May 18, 2018 10:04 p.m. EDT

More Than 100 Die as Aging Cuban Airliner Crashes

A Cuban state airliner crashed and burned moments after takeoff from Havana on Friday, killing nearly all 114 people aboard the nearly 40-year-old plane. The crushed fuselage, seemingly ripped in pieces, lay in thick vegetation as firefighters doused it with hoses. State television said the flight had been headed to Holguín. The Boeing 737 first went into service in 1979, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization. The plane crashed at 12:08 p.m. just after it left Jose Martí International Airport, Cuba’s state newspaper, Granma, reported. The flight carried 105 passengers and nine crew members. The only survivors were three women, according to Granma.

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelans Ahead of Presidential Election

Just two days before presidential elections in Venezuela, the Trump administration on Friday announced sanctions against a powerful governing party politician, accusing him of drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering and embezzling government money. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said it had placed Diosdado Cabello, a top Socialist Party figure, on a list of sanctioned individuals, freezing his assets in the United States and barring Americans from doing business with him. Cabello, 55, has long been considered the second-most powerful man in the country, after President Nicolás Maduro. The timing of the announcement, so close to the election, could energize Maduro’s voting base.

Saudi Arabia Detains Activists Who Pushed to End Ban on Women Driving

Saudi Arabia has detained at least five people connected to the campaign to end the kingdom’s longtime ban on women driving, despite the fact the government has promised to lift the ban next month, associates of the detainees said Friday. The government has billed the lifting of the driving ban as part of a reform push spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The government did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the detentions, and it remained unclear whether those detained had been charged with anything. Among those detained were women who had challenged the ban by driving, and men who had supported their cause.

All of Chile’s Catholic Bishops Offer to Quit Over Sex Abuse Scandal

All 34 of Chile’s Roman Catholic bishops offered their resignations Friday over a child sexual abuse scandal, and asked forgiveness for the “pain they caused the victims, the pope, the people of God, and our country for the grave errors and omissions we committed.” The offer came after Pope Francis accused them at an emergency meeting this week of failing to investigate complaints, allowing evidence to be destroyed, and covering up for abusive priests. He said the systemic failures had left him “perplexed and ashamed.” The pope may accept or reject the resignations individually, though it was not clear when that would happen.

Markle to Walk Down the Aisle With Prince Charles

One of the last remaining mysteries of the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Saturday has been cleared up: who will walk her down the aisle. Prince Charles, the father of the groom, will do the honors for part of the way, according to a statement from Kensington Palace. Apparently, Markle will start the walk on her own and meet him at the choir. On Thursday, Markle, an American actress, confirmed that her father, Thomas Markle, 73, who lives in Mexico, would not be at the ceremony at Windsor Castle.

WHO Says New Ebola Outbreak Is Not Yet a Top Health Emergency

The World Health Organization said Friday that a 6-week-old outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo was worrisome and must be aggressively controlled but does not warrant its top designation as an international public health emergency. The organization’s emergency committee, meeting in Geneva, said public health authorities and aid organizations were in a strong position to halt the highly contagious disease even though it has spread to an urban area. Dr. Robert Steffen, committee chairman, said the early detection of the outbreak and the preparations to stop its spread provide “a strong reason to believe that this situation can be brought under control.”