Extra pilot averted disaster on previous Boeing 737 Max 8 flight — report

By CNN An off-duty pilot in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet jumped in to help crew disable a malfunctioning flight-control system as it experienced difficulties in October, according to a Bloomberg as reported by CNN’s Masrur Jamaluddin, Helen Regan and Jack Guy. But the next day, with a different crew, the same plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. On doomed Lion Air Flight 610, pilots searched in a…

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Eight-year-old Nigerian refugee crowned chess champion in New York

An eight-year-old boy who fled Nigeria with his family and is now living in a homeless shelter in New York City awaiting asylum application approval, has been crowned the state’s chess champion for his age group, Daily Mail online reports. Tanitoluwa Adewumi won the state tournament for his group, from kindergarten through third grade, last weekend. The boy and his family fled their home in Nigeria in 2017 in fear for their lives and have been living in a…

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Algeria’s President Bouteflika not to seek fifth term

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has postponed the April 18 presidential elections and said he will not seek a fifth term in office after his intended candidacy had provoked mass protests across Algeria over the past few weeks. Bouteflika has led Algeria for 20 years but has been rarely seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013. No new date for the election was set. A cabinet reshuffle will happen soon, the BBC quotes a statement with Bouteflika’s…

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US Federal Aviation Administration believes Boeing 737 Max 8 is airworthy

US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has told airlines that it believes Boeing’s 737 Max 8 model to be airworthy, after two fatal crashes inside six months, the latest being the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed six minutes after take-off on Sunday that was en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board. The previous one was a Lion Air 737 Max 8 that crashed in October that killed 189 and after the Ethiopian Airlines incident,…

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Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, 157 Killed

By Paul Schemm, Washingtonpost A brand new Ethio­pian airlines plane bound for Nairobi crashed Sunday killing all 157 people on board, according to state media. The recently acquired aircraft was the same Boeing 737 Max model involved in the crash of an Indonesian aircraft in October. The state affiliated Fana Broadcasting cited the airline saying there were no survivors from Flight 302. According to the airline, the flight took off at 8:38 a.m. and lost contact six minutes later,…

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Tanzania Opposition Leader Freed on Bail

Freeman Mbowe, the chairman of Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema, has been released on bail after winning an appeal against a contempt of court ruling, East Africa news site reported. Mr Mbowe was freed alongside his co-accused Esther Matiko, a Chadema MP, after spending nearly four months in prison. The two had been denied bail in November last year for failing to show up for a court hearing. At the time, Mr Mbowe said be had been taken ill…

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Mboro Challenge ‘Resurrection’ Pastor to Raise Mandela

A South African preacher has tried to confront another pastor for “bringing Christianity into disrepute” by staging a bogus resurrection. According to BBC, Self-styled prophet Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng stood outside the locked gates of Pastor Alph Lukau’s church and shouted “I’m here to get answers”. He said if the pastor really had the power to resurrect, they should head over to Nelson Mandela’s grave. A viral video showing the supposed resurrection was widely mocked. It shows Mr Lukau shouting…

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BBC to broadcast Malawi death row re-sentencing project documentary

  By Duncan Mlanjira The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) crew was in Malawi recently to do a documentary on a re-sentencing project for death row convicts that this country initiated with various coalition partners and is set to be broadcast twice on Thursday February 21 and repeated on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The documentary, called ‘Assignment’, will first be broadcast at 13:32 Malawi time on BBC World Service and repeated same day at 18:06  for Australasia audience and 21:03…

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SA Athletics accuses IAAF of underhand tactics over Semenya hearing

By Duncan Mlanjira Athletics South Africa (ASA) has accused International Athletes Associations Federation (IAAF) of playing underhand tactics to try and win international public support in the case in which female athlete Caster Semenya, the Olympic women’s 800 metres champion, is to be judged if she should be classified as a ‘biological male’. The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) was expected to start hearing this case on Monday, Feb. 18 brought before them by ASA challenging IAAF’s move…

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Court of Arbitration of Sport to decide whether female SA Olympic champ Caster Semenya should be classified as male

By Duncan Mlanjira The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) is expected to hear a case in which International Athletes Associations Federation (IAAF) wants female athlete Caster Semenya, the Olympic women’s 800 metres champion, to be classified as a ‘biological male’ because of her ‘differences in sexual development’ (DSD) but at the same time “should be permitted to identify as female”. According to international media, CAS will hear evidence from IAAF from February 18-22 and an outcome is expected…

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