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23 dead as Iran battles heavy rain and floods

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran battled torrential rain and floods across most of the country on Tuesday, warning citizens to stay vigilant after unprecedented flash flooding killed 23 people. The authorities also announced for the first time that seven people were killed a week ago in separate floods that swept the northeastern provinces of Golestan and Mazandaran. The latest deluge claimed the lives of 19 people and injured 98 in the worst-hit southern city of […]

Boeing 737 MAX makes emergency landing during US transfer: FAA

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines made an emergency landing Tuesday after experiencing an engine problem as it was being ferried from Florida to California, the US Federal Aviation Agency said. “The aircraft returned and landed safely in Orlando,” the FAA said in a statement, adding that no passengers were on board the aircraft, which was being transferred to Victorville, California for storage. “The FAA is investigating,” […]

Maduro blames ‘terrorists’ as new blackout grips Venezuela

by Marc BURLEIGH / Esteban ROJAS CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — President Nicolas Maduro blamed “terrorists” for a new, near-nationwide blackout that gripped Venezuela Tuesday, two weeks after a similar outage caused deaths and chaos. In a statement on Twitter, Maduro said a deliberately set “large-scale fire” hit facilities around the Guri hydroelectric plant in the south of the country that supplies power to 80 percent of Venezuela’s 30 million inhabitants. Another operation by “criminal hands” […]

US judge recommends partial ban on iPhone imports to US

by Glenn CHAPMAN SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — A US trade judge ruled Tuesday that Apple had violated a Qualcomm chipmaker patent and said she would recommend banning imports of some iPhones. International Trade Commission administrative law specialist MaryJoan McNamara wrote that she would be recommending a “limited exclusion order together with a cease and desist order” against Apple. The company will not be required to post a bond while the order is reviewed […]

Boeing holds test flights for 737 MAX fix: sources

by Luc OLINGA NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Boeing has flown test flights of its 737 MAX to evaluate a fix for the system targeted as a potential cause of two deadly plane crashes, two sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. The aviation giant, which has been under fire and has seen its flagship narrow-body planes grounded since March 13, tested the system upgrade on Monday, two days after pilots from American and […]

New Gaza rocket threatens truce after Netanyahu warning

by Mike Smith with Sakher Abou El Oun in Gaza City JERUSALEM, Undefined (AFP) — Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel late Tuesday despite a ceasefire announced by Hamas, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was prepared for further military action in Gaza. The flare-up began early Monday with a rare long-distance rocket strike from the Gaza Strip that hit a house north of Tel Aviv, wounding seven Israelis. The Israeli military […]

Vegas Golden Knights shutout Winnipeg Jets 5-0

By Henry Nery EBC Las Vegas Bureau LAS VEGAS (Eagle News) — Another sold-out crowd packed the T- Mobile Arena Thursday night to witness the Vegas Golden Knights battle the Winnipeg Jets in a pivotal Western Conference showdown. Both teams entered this game on winning streaks with hopes to solidify their spots in the playoffs. The game was a one-sided matchup where the Golden Knights blanked the Winnipeg Jets 5-0.  The first line of the […]

Up to 500,000 displaced by southern Africa cyclone

  by Adrien Barbier and Nicolas Delaunay, with Nina Larson in Geneva Agence France Presse BEIRA, Mozambique (AFP) — Survivors of a cyclone that pummelled southern Africa began receiving medicine, food and tents Tuesday as floodwaters receded, while officials warned up to 500,000 people are displaced in the storm-struck region. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique’s coast, unleashing hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded swathes of the poor country before battering eastern Zimbabwe — killing more […]

NBA: Magic dominate 76ers, win fifth game in a row

By Melissa Potes EBC Florida Bureau ORLANDO, Florida (Eagle News)  — Fighting to secure a playoff spot, the Orlando Magic defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 119-98. The win marks their fifth in a row. Center Nikola Vucevic led the magic with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and his 54th double-double this season. He said the Magic played with purpose. “[We] were prepared and focused and really brought it tonight. They’re [76ers] a great team. We played a […]

US successfully tests anti-ICBM system: statement

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US military said Monday it had successfully tested an anti-intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system, with a target launched from the Marshall Islands shot down by two interceptors based in California. To protect against the threat from ICBMs, the US has developed the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which is designed to fire an interceptor missile into space and use kinetic energy to destroy the incoming target. While it […]

Japan to lift evacuation order in town hosting Fukushima plant

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan will for the first time next month lift an evacuation order in one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, officials said Tuesday. The government plans to lift the order for part of Okuma town on April 10, cabinet office official Yohei Ogino told AFP. It will be the first time the government has lifted an evacuation order in the towns — Okuma and Futaba — […]

US successfully tests anti-ICBM system: statement

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US military said Monday it had successfully tested an anti-intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system, with a target launched from the Marshall Islands shot down by two interceptors based in California. To protect against the threat from ICBMs, the US has developed the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which is designed to fire an interceptor missile into space and use kinetic energy to destroy the incoming target. While it has […]