News Headlines - 17 March 2019

Ethiopian Boeing 737 black boxes show ‘clear similarities’ with Indonesian crash

Black box data recovered from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed last week shows "clear similarities" with a recent crash in Indonesia of the same type of aircraft, Ethiopia's transport minister said on Sunday.
While declining to give details, Dagmawit Moges told journalists the parallels would be the "subject of further study during the investigation," with a preliminary report issued in "30 days".

Spain approves exhuming, moving remains of dictator Francisco Franco - UPI.com

The Spanish government led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez approved Friday the exhumation of former leader Francisco Franco at a controversial burial site that's viewed by many as too regal for a dictator who ruled through decades of violent repression.
The exhumation of Franco, who died in 1975, will take place June 10 when his remains will be transferred from the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) memorial complex near Madrid to a regular cemetery near his wife's tomb, ABC and El Diario reported.

Eurostar warns Brits not to travel to Paris and cancels trains for next three days as customs strike chaos continues for THIRD WEEK

EUROSTAR passengers face days more chaos as the firm warned passengers not to travel to Paris.
Crowds queued for hours as four London-bound train were axed today - and another three will not run on Monday with more cancellations throughout the week.
The cross-Channel chaos has now stretched into a third week as French customs officers demanding a Brexit pay rise are "working to rule" and imposing extra checks on passengers.

SoftBank, Other Investors in Talks to Invest $1 Billion in Uber’s Self-Driving Unit - WSJ

A consortium that includes SoftBank Group is in late-stage talks to invest $1 billion or more in Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving vehicle unit, according to people familiar with the negotiations, a move that would help the ride-hailing firm make its pitch to investors ahead of its eagerly anticipated IPO.
Under terms being discussed, SoftBank’s Vision Fund and other investors, including at least one unnamed auto maker, would take a minority stake in the unit at a valuation of between $5 billion and $10 billion...

Moon's office reacts angrily to South Korea MP's claim that president is Kim Jong Un's 'top spokesman' | The Japan Times

The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in responded sharply Tuesday to a conservative lawmaker’s accusation that he was acting as the “top spokesman” of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The Blue House said the comments by Na Kyung-won, floor leader of the Liberty Korea Party, were an insult to both Moon and South Koreans wanting peace, and demanded an apology... Na said she borrowed the expression from “foreign wires,” apparently referring to a Bloomberg report last September that described Moon as acting as Kim’s “top spokesman” at the U.N. General Assembly.







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