Tuesday, April 24, 2018
News Roundup

Boeing 787 flies again after grounding

Boeing 787 flies again after grounding

A Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines flew from Ethiopia to Kenya's capital Saturday, the first commercial flight since air safety authorities grounded the Dreamliners after incidents with smoldering batteries on two different planes in January. The passenger jet arrived in Nairobi on Saturday afternoon after a two-hour trip from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, according to the Kenya airport website. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing's redesigned battery system, which the company says sharply reduces the risk of fire. Richard Horigan, a Boeing engineer, told reporters in Nairobi last week that all potential causes of battery fire have been eliminated. There are 50 Dreamliner planes around the world.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hunger strikers now total 100 at Gitmo

A hunger strike among prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has grown to 100 of the 166 detainees at the U.S. base in Cuba, Lt. Col. Samuel House said Saturday.

He said 19 are receiving liquid nutrients through a nasal tube to prevent dangerous weight loss. He said that five of those are at a hospital under observation but that they do not have any life-threatening conditions.

Prisoners began the hunger strike in February to protest conditions and indefinite confinement. Lawyers for the detainees say the military is undercounting the number of hunger strikers.

Italy

Government forms after 2-month delay

Ending a two-month political stalemate, Prime Minister-designate Enrico Letta formed a coalition government Saturday uniting left and right to try to steer Italy out of the doldrums.

Letta, 46, largely named new and younger Cabinet members, acknowledging growing popular momentum for generational change after a quarter of Italians voted for the antiestablishment Five Star Movement in inconclusive elections in February. In that vote, Letta's center-left Democratic Party placed first, but without a majority to govern. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right People of Liberty party placed second. The two now lead the coalition.

Pakistan

Musharraf arrested in death of Bhutto

Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has been placed under arrest by an antiterrorism court on charges related to the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, adding to legal woes that have hobbled his hopes for a political comeback.

The order on Friday changes little for Musharraf in immediate terms. A retired army general, he is already under house arrest at his villa on the edge of Islamabad in a case involving his detention and firing of senior judges after imposing emergency rule in 2007.

Zulfiqar Ali, special prosecutor for the Federal Investigation Agency, said the new inquiry includes whether he failed to provide security to Bhutto. She was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack in 2007 after addressing a political rally.

Elsewhere

Newnan, Ga.: A woman and four young children died Saturday as a fire engulfed a home in Newnan, and authorities said only an 11-year-old girl who was woken by her mother escaped. The woman died trying to save the remaining children.

Iraq: Five Iraqi soldiers were shot dead Saturday, the day after Sunni tribes in Anbar province said they had formed an army to defend themselves against the Shiite-dominated government. After the shooting, the tribes braced for reprisals by the government.

Times wires

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The Daystarter: A Patrick-Jolly gubernatorial run in 2018?; Air Force major convicted of kidnapping his own daughter; and Romano writes St. Pete has a trust problem.

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Tampa jury convicts former Air Force major of international parental kidnapping

Tampa jury convicts former Air Force major of international parental kidnapping

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Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

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Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

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High school scoreboard for April 23

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