Iran has refuted claims that one of their missiles brought down the Ukraine Airlines flight, killing everyone on board. But, Iran’s head of civil aviation said Iranian investigators may seek outside help with the plane’s black box.
Also, the US House of Representatives is looking to assert its congressional authority over US President Donald Trump’s actions concerning Iran.
And, a plastic bag ban in Thailand is inspiring some creative solutions.
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Was the Ukraine Airlines flight brought down by a missile?
Credit: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/handout via Reuters
Iran says it wants to download black box recordings itself from a Ukrainian airliner that crashed, killing all 176 people aboard. But, Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, also said this morning that they would seek outside help if the recordings are damaged and can’t retrieve the data. Iran initially cited an unspecified technical issue that brought down the plane, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday said a missile likely brought down the plane, but that it could have been “unintentional.”
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Trump wants NATO more involved in the Middle East. What does Europe want?
Trump said he wants NATO to be more involved in the Middle East and made appeals to Europe in his Wednesday address on Iranian strikes against US troops in Iraq, carried out in retaliation for a US drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. The World’s Marco Werman spoke with Fabrice Pothier, a French diplomat who served as head of policy planning for two NATO secretary generals. He said EU allies reacted with “surprise and concern.”
“Concern because you had a pretty quick escalation between the United States and Iran — [and] a surprise attack by the United States in killing one of Iran’s top generals,” Pothier said. “So I think they were holding their breath to see what’s next. … I’m not sure Iran has said their last word. And also what does President Trump really want? Does he really want Europe to step in — and to do what?”
House vote to restrain Trump on Iran
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution yesterday to stop Trump from further military action against Iran following the drone strike that killed Soleimani. The House vote, 224-194, reflected the deep divide in Congress over Trump’s Iran policy and how much control Congress should have over the use of the military. The fate of the resolution is uncertain in the Senate. Republicans hold 53 of the chamber’s 100 seats, but at least two Republican senators — Rand Paul and Mike Lee — have expressed support for the measure.
What happens to the American children of asylum-seekers in Canada?
Credit: Stacey Gomez
Since the 2016 election, Canada has seen a rise in requests to grant asylum from mixed-nationality families with US-citizen children. For those rejected, deportation threatens to separate them.
Based on asylum acceptance rates in Canada, it’s likely that many of these mixed-nationality families will ultimately have their refugee claims denied. That can mean a painful choice: take their American children back to the parents’ home country or have them return to the United States, where they can continue their education and often live in safer conditions.
With a new single use plastic bag ban now in effect in Thailand, shoppers are getting creative stuffing luggage, laundry hampers, ceramic pots, and more, with groceries.