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How North Korea Could Start World War III

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One of the most dangerous places in the world is North Korea, and not entirely in the ways one might think. Although North Korea is a nuclear state with nuclear arms, a far more dangerous scenario is the collapse of the regime in Pyongyang and the political vacuum that would create. Competing interests could draw two of the most powerful countries on Earth, the United States and China, into direct military conflict.

North Korea lies at the intersection of two strategic fault lines. The first is its proximity to China, and China’s desire to keep a friendly—if unwholesome—regime in place to safeguard its borders. China’s borders are probably the most secure than they’ve been in a thousand years, no mean feat for a country stretching from Central Asia to the Yalu River, and China would like to keep it that way. Instability along the 880-mile-long Sino–North Korean border would be an unwanted distraction, even more so than the dilemma of the nuclear-armed dictatorship.

Ethiopian Airlines crash: FAA says Boeing 737 Max 8 is airworthy


The US Federal Aviation Administration has told airlines it believes Boeing’s 737 Max 8 model to be airworthy, after two fatal crashes inside six months.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed six minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

Netanyahu Says Israel Is ‘Nation-State Of The Jewish People And Them Alone’


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Arab citizens have equal rights under the law but that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people  and only them. Soon after, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Israel “has complete equality of rights for all its citizens.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is drawing criticism for saying that Israel is “the national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people.” The comment prompted many people — including Israel’s president and the star of Wonder Woman to defend Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority.

The victims of the Ethiopia plane crash


A renowned undersea archaeologist, an MP’s entire family and a top Ugandan peacekeeper were among the victims of Sunday’s plane crash in Ethiopia, along with many people working with the United Nations on development, aid and the environment.
Here are some of their stories:

‘Cursed March 10’
Italian archaeologist Sebastiano Tusa, 66, spent years exploring the seabed off the Egadi islands near Sicily, finding Roman amphora in wrecks and according to Italian media reports, a bottle of wine dating back 1,000 years or more — believed to be the oldest in the world.
His great passion was the decisive Battle of Egadi between the Mediterranean powers of the Roman Republic and Carthage on March 10, 241 BC.

Full List: Uganda police officer killed in Ethiopia Airlines crash

By AFP

People with passports form 32 countries and the United Nations were on the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 that crashed with 157 on board Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines said.

Kenya had the largest number of casualties with 32, followed by Canada with 18, Ethiopia with nine, then Italy, China, and the United States with eight each, CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told reporters in Addis Ababa. Britain and France each had seven people on board, Egypt six, the Netherlands five, and India four. Four were UN passport-holders. Uganda had one.

China orders its airlines to suspend use of Boeing 737 Max aircraft: media

China’s aviation regulator has ordered domestic airlines to suspend their Boeing 737 Max aircraft, Chinese media outlet Caijing reported on Monday, following a deadly crash on Sunday of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines.

Citing industry sources familiar with the matter, Caijing said domestic airlines, which operate some 60 such airplanes, had received orders from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and halted their use on Sunday.

Fourteen killed in Colombia plane crash: civil aviation agency


Fourteen people were killed in a plane crash in the Colombian plains province of Meta on Saturday, the country’s civil aviation agency said.

The Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aeronautics said there were no survivors of the crash, which occurred after the DC-3 aircraft made a distress call at 10:40 a.m. local time (1540 GMT).

Venezuela’s Guaido calls for massive protest as blackout drags on


Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday called on citizens nationwide to travel to the capital Caracas for a protest against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, as the country’s worst blackout in decades dragged on for a third day.

Addressing supporters in southwestern Caracas, Guaido – the leader of the opposition-run congress who invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January – said Maduro’s government “has no way to solve the electricity crisis that they themselves created.”

Sexual Violence Persists in South Sudan Despite Recent Political Strides, Top United Nations Official Says while Briefing Security Council


Meeting to discuss the evolving situation in South Sudan against the backdrop of International Women’s Day, The Security Council heard today that sexual violence against women and girls persists in spite of the young nation’s recent political strides.

David Shearer, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), briefed the 15-member Council on the “considerable” progress achieved since the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan in September 2018.

Feature on Women’s day :The World of Mothers: What motherhood looks like in Finland, Kenya, China and the U.S.


“CBS This Morning” took a look at what life is like for mothers in four very different places around the globe: Finland, Kenya, China and the U.S. In our four-part series, The World of Mothers, we explore how motherhood, childcare, childbirth and healthcare looks different – for better or worse. 

Holly Williams showed us how Finland, consistently ranked one of the best places to be a mom and praised for its low infant and maternal mortality rates, is pushing to be even better. Williams learned that it costs less than $60 to have a baby there and talks to one doctor who says it’s possible for the U.S. to do the same. 

R. Kelly back in custody for failing to pay child support

By AFP

R&B superstar R. Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday for failing to pay child support, just weeks after he was briefly detained on sex abuse charges.

“He was taken into custody and he will be transported to Cook County jail later today,” Sophia Ansari of the local sheriff’s office said following a court hearing in Chicago.

Venezuela crisis: Maduro vows to defeat ‘crazed minority’


Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has vowed to defeat a “crazed minority” that wants to remove him from power.

In a challenge to opposition leader Juan Guaidó, he has called for “anti-imperialist marches” on Saturday to coincide with anti-government protests.

Tensions mount in Venezuela as Guaido seeks return to country


The four men in green walk calmly down the street, to gentle clapping from the people around them. They appear to be defectors, shown on a video posted to social media from Wednesday in the town of Herran, Colombia. While CNN has not been able to verify the video, the scene is now a common one in Colombia, from a steady drip of Venezuelan soldiers that have given themselves over to Colombian immigration officials over the past week. As of Thursday, an astounding total of 567 had defected.

This is perhaps the most enduring sign of change since the world was startled by clashes last weekend, when Venezuelan opposition protesters tried to force humanitarian aid into the country over border crossings, past Venezuelan riot police and pro-Maduro gangs.

Only six countries have equal rights for men and women


The world is moving towards legal gender equality — but it’s moving very, very slowly.

Only six countries currently give women and men equal rights, a major report from the World Bank has found.

Emiliano Sala pilot ‘dropped out of training’ for commercial license


David Ibbotson, the pilot whose plane crashed while carrying footballer Emiliano Sala in January, dropped out of training for a commercial pilot’s license, the director of his aviation training school told CNN Saturday.

Ibbotson studied at the Cranfield Aviation Training School (CATS), based near Milton Keynes, north of London, but left “a third of the way through the course,” CATS managing director Stuart E. Smith said.

How Trump and Kim’s summit dream fell apart


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exuded confidence when he arrived in Vietnam on his heavily armored luxury train Wednesday, ahead of his summit with US President Donald Trump.

But as he departed Saturday, waving to crowds before boarding that train empty handed, the cracks in that confidence had been exposed.