A French military unit dispatched to secure the site in Mali where an Air Algerie jetliner with 116 people aboard crashed Thursday found no survivors, but was able to recover a black box, French President Francois Hollande announced Friday.
The jet, an MD-83, disappeared from radar less than an hour after departing Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, en route to Algiers.
Officials in Burkina Faso said burned wreckage with human remains was located in Mali, 31 miles from the border with Burkina Faso. A search had been underway for wreckage in the remote region known for separatist violence.
An Air Algerie flight en route to Algiers from Burkina Faso with 116 people aboard disappeared from radar early Thursday over the Sahara, the official Algerian news agency said.
Air navigation services lost track of AH0517 about 50 minutes after takeoff at 0155 GMT, the agency said. That means that it had been missing for hours before the news was made public.
“In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan,” the APS agency quoted the airline as saying.
Will Greenwald question Russia about retaining all social networking data on Snowden — and everyone else in Russia?
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law requiring internet companies to store all personal data of Russian users at data centres in Russia, a move which could chill criticism on foreign social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
These companies, which do not have offices in Russia, have become a vital resource for opposition groups and refuse to hand over user data to governments.
The use of Russian data centres would make them subject to Russian laws on government access to information.
The Kremlin said the law was aimed at “improving the management of personal data of Russian citizens on computer networks” and that companies that did not comply would be blocked.
Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta whose common touch has made him a political phenomenon, was declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election on Tuesday, completing an improbable ascent from child of the slums to leader of the world’s fourth-most populous nation.
But the announcement, while widely expected, did not end a simmering controversy. His opponent, Prabowo Subianto, a retired army general, rejected the results as fraudulent and said he was withdrawing from the race.
As the Costa Concordia begins its final journey to the scrapyard, environmental campaigners are warning of the potential damages to the marine ecosystem as it sweeps through 200 nautical miles of lush, unspoiled Mediterranean seas.
The 290-metre corroding cruise ship will later today be towed from Giglio, the Italian island it struck two-and-a-half-years ago - a maritime disaster that killed 32 people.
It will start its four day voyage to Genoa, northern Italy, travelling past the French island of Corsica and through a whale and dolphin reserve.
A Dutch air force transport plane carrying the first 16 coffins with the remains of victims of the downed Malaysian airliner took off on Wednesday from an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv for the Netherlands.
Honorary guards placed wooden coffins on the plane after a short and sombre ceremony held on the tarmac before it took off.
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s successful brokering of a deal, which saw the Ukrainian separatists handing over the black boxes and remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 victims, came in for praise from the international media.
The New York Times, in a report Monday, said the Malaysian Prime Minister had “apparently achieved what pressure from far more powerful nations had failed to accomplish”.
The report follows Najib’s announcement that the country had reached an agreement with the Ukrainian rebels for custody of the black boxes and access to the MH17 crash site.
Najib said he had spoken to rebel leader Alexander Borodai, who is in command of the region where the tragedy occurred, earlier on Monday evening.
The article goes on to say that Malaysia’s PM avoided blaming anyone publicly for the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner, for which he took some heat in his native country. But by being circumspect, he succeeded where more confrontational national leaders failed.
About a 1,000 Palestinian Muslims in Gaza have found relative safety within the walls of a 900-year-old Greek Orthodox church.
“We have opened the church in order to help people. This is the duty of the church and we are doing all we can to help them,” Archbishop Alexios told Reuters as the sounds of small children echoed outside his office at the church.
“At the beginning there were 600 people and today they became a thousand - mostly children and women. Some of those children are a week old,” said the head of Gaza’s Greek Orthodox minority, the largest of the Christian communities here.