World News at a Glance
Posted November 27, 2018 9:48 p.m. EST
Black Box Data Reveals Pilots’ Struggle to Regain Control
Data from the jetliner that crashed into the Java Sea last month shows the pilots fought to save the plane almost from the moment it took off. The information from the flight data recorder, scheduled to be released Wednesday, documents a fatal tug-of-war between man and machine, with the plane’s nose forced dangerously downward more than two dozen times during the 11-minute flight. The pilots managed to pull the nose back up over and over until finally losing control, leaving the plane, Lion Air Flight 610, to plummet into the ocean at 450 mph, killing all 189 people on board.
Greens Thrive in Germany as the ‘Alternative’ to Far-Right Populism
In recent years, the political energy in Germany has seemed to come almost exclusively from the right. But while the rise of the nationalist Alternative for Germany, or AfD, has gotten the most attention, the liberal, pro-refugee Greens party has quietly expanded its following. Once an environmental protest movement, the Greens party is now the second-most popular party in the country, lagging behind the conservatives by only few percentage points, polls show. Among women, it is already No. 1. It was also the Greens’ success in recent elections that influenced Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to not run for re-election.
Ukraine President Announces Martial Law, With Resulting Confusion
Ukrainians were thrown into confusion on Tuesday over their country’s martial law emergency, a day after the president pressed Parliament to enact the measure with no complete public version of what it contained. The president, Petro O. Poroshenko, sought to reassure the public that the law, a response to what he called new Russian military threats, would only be enforced in the event of an invasion. Russian forces over the weekend impounded three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait, an important shared waterway. Both Moscow and Kiev accused the other of flouting the rules of passage through the strait.
Battle Against Ebola in Congo Pits Medical Hope Against Local Chaos
The battle against Ebola now underway in central Africa is like no other. It is the first for which doctors have both a promising vaccine and treatments to offer. It had seemed, with the help of these new tools, that the outbreak was headed for a quick end. Instead, with 419 cases and 240 deaths, it is now the second deadliest ever. That is because it stands out in another way: It is the first to erupt in an area rived by gunbattles. Doctors and other experts described a landscape in which shooting can break out almost anywhere.
3 U.S. Soldiers Killed by Explosion in Afghanistan
Three American soldiers were killed on Tuesday in a bombing in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, in the worst loss of life in the country for the United States this year. Three other soldiers and an American contractor were wounded. The deaths took place near Ghazni City, in the southeastern province of the same name, from the detonation of a roadside bomb, the military said in a statement. A witness said the bomb went off as a U.S. convoy passed on the highway. The Taliban issued a statement claiming responsibility for the late morning attack.
Thatcher, Ice Cream Pioneer, Is Nominated as Face of 50-Pound Note
The Bank of England has decided to honor a scientist with its next bank note design. One of the nominees? Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister. Thatcher held power for more than a decade from 1979, reshaping British politics. But she appears on the central bank’s initial list of some 800 names because of her time as a research chemist at a food company in the late 1940s, playing a disputed but much-discussed role in the history of ice cream.