passengers of more than 30 nationalities and eight crew

passengers of more than 30 nationalities and eight crew

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 on board, authorities said, as grieving fam

ilies rushed to airports in Addis Ababa and the destination, Nairobi. Eight Chinese citizens are among the dead.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boe

ing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November. Its last m

aintenance was on Feb 4 and it had flown just 1,200 hours, according to the airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

He also told reporters that the pilot, who was a senior one and join

ed the airline in 2010, sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return.

The plane crashed six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on its way to Kenya’s capital, p

lowing into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, at 8:44 am local time.

Security forces fired tear gas at activists during the demonstrat

Security forces fired tear gas at activists during the demonstrat

  during which some protesters called for the April presidential elections to be called off altogether and for parliament to be dissolved to make the way for a new government.

  Activists chanted, “Republic, not monarchy,” and “No to the fifth mandate,” a

mong other slogans rejecting the continuation of Bouteflika’s term on Friday. Some placards read “leave means leave.”

  Video on social media showed protesters this week setting pictures of Bouteflika on fire amid w

histles and cheers — scenes that are uncommon in a country tightly controlled by security services.

  The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has started a ground operation to clear the la

st ISIS enclave in Syria, a spokesman for the group told CNN Friday.

  SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said thousands of civilians ha

ve been evacuated and kidnapped fighters have been freed in Baghouz, in eastern Syria,

  ”Only the terrorists remain in Baghouz.” Bali said in a tweet.

  At its height, ISIS controlled huge swaths of territory in Syria an

d Iraq. A US-led coalition has been working for years to oust the group from cities and towns.

Trump was cautious about reaching any consensus with

Trump was cautious about reaching any consensus with

Kim, as he would have to face more pressure at home. And perhaps that’s why he said he was not in a rush to sign an agreement.

As discussions on denuclearization have become more detailed, Tr

ump better understands the complexity of the issue, resolving which has become a tough cha

llenge for not only the US and the DPRK, but also China, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

The US should therefore work out a long-term plan to resolve the pen

insula nuclear issue. In fact, Trump said there is no need to increase sanctions on Pyon

gyang, and indicated that Washington will continue making efforts to negotiate with Pyongyang.

As for the international community, it should help the US and the DPR

K to restore permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, because it would create dev

elopment opportunities not only on the peninsula but also in the whole of Northeast Asia.

Wang Sheng, a researcher at the Co-Innovat ion Center for Korean Penin

sula Studies and a professor of international politics at Jilin University