World News at a Glance
Posted November 13, 2018 10:23 p.m. EST
New Questions Swirl Over Boeing on Updated 737 Model That Crashed
Boeing faced new scrutiny Tuesday over the crash of one of its planes into the sea off Indonesia last month, as airlines, pilots and regulators sought to determine whether the company had underplayed the complexity of a new emergency system suspected of having malfunctioned. Investigators have been focused on whether Lion Air Flight 610 crashed because the system, which is designed to pull the plane out of a dangerous stall, activated based on inaccurate data transmitted or processed from sensors on the fuselage. The plane plunged nose down into the sea, killing all 189 people on board.
UN’s Expert on ‘Extreme Poverty’ Is Investigating Britain
At a food bank in a rundown part of northeast England, an unemployed mother and her adult son had a surprising tea date: the United Nations special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston. It was Day 3 of Alston’s two-week tour of the world’s fifth-richest country — a hectic 2,000-mile mission across some of the poorest districts in Britain. He is visiting food banks, job centers, community charities and government ministries to assess why about a fifth of Britons remain in poverty despite rising employment levels, economic growth and pockets of enormous wealth.
Sri Lanka’s President Finally Checked: Court Rules to Bring Back Parliament
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the president from dissolving Parliament, raising the possibility that a former prime minister could reclaim the post after weeks of political drama. Sri Lanka has been in crisis since President Maithripala Sirisena abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and swore in a new prime minister: Mahinda Rajapaksa, a popular former president who has been accused of human rights abuses. Wickremesinghe demanded Parliament be summoned to prove he still had support. Instead, Sirisena dissolved Parliament, a move which was checked when the court issued its interim order. Parliament is set to reconvene on Wednesday.
A Battle in Gaza Neither Side Wanted Ends Quickly
The latest paroxysm of violence in the bleak saga of Gaza-Israeli dysfunction began Monday afternoon and had run its course by Tuesday afternoon. Late Tuesday afternoon, Hamas leaders announced a cease-fire and Israel eventually followed suit. The abrupt and inconclusive outcome sparked celebrations in Gaza. It left Israel’s government, the most right-wing in the country’s history, contending with accusations of being soft on Hamas. But for all its intensity, the casualty toll could have been much higher. In Gaza, seven people were killed and 26 wounded. In Israel, a Palestinian worker was killed and 18 people were wounded.
Britain and EU Agree on a Plan for Brexit
British and European Union officials reached a long-awaited draft agreement on Tuesday on Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc, opening the way for a high-stakes meeting of Prime Minister Theresa May’s ministers to consider the plans, the prime minister’s office said. Cabinet ministers will have a chance to review the draft text before a meeting of the full Cabinet at 2 p.m. London time Wednesday. Details of the agreement were not available. Presumably, it contains language pertaining to the “backstop” plan to settle the issue of the Irish border. Britain is scheduled to quit the European Union on March 29.
Trump Assails Macron and Defends Decision to Skip Cemetery Visit
President Donald Trump issued a blistering personal attack on Tuesday against President Emmanuel Macron of France and sought to douse a furor over his decision not to visit a cemetery of U.S. soldiers while in France because of rain. Two days after returning from Paris, Trump responded via Twitter to Macron’s denunciation of nationalism by accusing the French president of what he himself is often accused of — trying to change the subject. "The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26 percent, and an unemployment rate of almost 10 percent,” wrote Trump.