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Mumbai-Singapore flight lands safely after bomb threat

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A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight from Mumbai landed safely at Changi Airport here on Tuesday after the pilot raised a bomb threat alert.
 
Flight 423 was escorted safely back to the airport by Singapore's air force and touched down at about 8 a.m., The Straits Times quoted the police as saying.
 
The police searched the Boeing 777-300ER that carried 263 people onboard, but did not find any suspicious item.
 
All passengers, except for a woman and a child who were held back for questioning, disembarked safely and had to undergo security screening before they could leave.
 
Preliminary investigation showed that the airline had received a call after the plane left the Mumbai airport on Monday at 11.35 p.m. The caller claimed that there was a bomb on the plane.
 
An airline spokesman told The Straits Times: "Singapore Airlines confirms there was a bomb threat concerning SQ423 operating from Mumbai to Singapore... We are assisting the authorities with their investigations and regret that we are unable to provide further details."
 
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Mueller report finds no Russia-Trump collusion

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller who investigated Russian interference in US President Donald Trump's 2016 election has concluded that there was no collusion between him or his campaign and Moscow, according to a summary of the report released by Attorney General William Barr.
 
While the probe found that Moscow had meddled in the 2016 election, the "investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities", Barr said in the summary he said to Congress on Sunday afternoon.
 
Trump declared that it was a complete exoneration and said the probe was an "illegal take down that failed".
 
On another key matter, if Trump had tried to obstruct justice by interfering with investigations into Russian interference, Barr's summary of Mueller's report was less certain. He said that in this regard Mueller's "report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
 
He added that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein found the evidence "not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offence".
 
"While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him", Barr's summary said.
 
The summary of the report was unlikely to quell the controversy over Russia's interference and Trump campaign's role that has divided the nation.
 
The White House and Trump's supporters exulted that it was an exoneration of the president, whose legitimacy was attacked for two years, but his opponents were questioning if the wording was ambiguous.
 
"The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the US", his spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
 
However, the Democrat head of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, asserted that there were "very concerning discrepancies" and "Mueller did not exonerate the President". He added that he would be calling Barr to testify before the Congressional panel.
 
The Democrats demanded the entire report be published and threatened to use Congressional powers to acquire the full report and supporting documents. Legally, the Special Counsel's report is submitted to the attorney general who has the power to withhold it or release only parts of it. Trump has also supported its release.
 
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Before deciding its release Barr will have to determine if there are any matters of national security that have to be blacked out. Mueller's investigation conducted away from public view interviewed more than 500 witnesses, executed 500 search warrants and issued 2,800 subpoenas (demands of appearance or production of documents) over 22 months.
 
Five important members of the Trump team, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, have been convicted as a result of the Mueller probe on various charges, some of lying during investigations and some like tax and financial fraud unrelated to the Russian link.
 
The Mueller investigation was definite that there was Russian interference in the election, but in an insidious and indirect manner.
 
Barr said that Mueller found two main Russian efforts to influence the election. 
 
"The first involved attempts by a Russian organisation, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the US designed to sow social discord", his summary said.
 
The other was Russian government hacking of the computers and emails of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential candidate, and disseminating the information through WikiLeaks and other sources.
 
Barr noted that Mueller brought criminal charges against several Russian citizens and entities in connection with these activities.
 
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Mueller completes Russia probe, submits report to Attorney General

 
Mueller sends Russia probe report to DOJ
Special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William Barr, signalling an end to the nearly two-year Russia investigation, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Friday.
 
According to The Washington Post, the DOJ notified Congress late on Friday that it had received Mueller's report but did not describe its contents.
 
The report was delivered earlier Friday afternoon to the office of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who appointed Mueller in May 2017 and, within minutes, to Barr, CNN reported, citing a DOJ official.
 
The official described the report as "comprehensive."
 
No details of Mueller's findings have been released. It is not clear how soon they will be made public, reports Xinhua.
 
In a letter to House and Senate judiciary leaders, Barr said he "may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend."
 
The attorney general also said he remains committed "to as much transparency as possible" and would keep them informed "as to the status of my review."
 
The Mueller-led inquiry focused on possible collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow during the 2016 presidential elections and whether the president obstructed justice.
 
The White House said in a statement that it has not received or been briefed on the special counsel's report.
 
"The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course," the statement added.
 
Mueller is required to submit a report to Barr at the conclusion of his investigation. Barr, in turn, is required to notify Congress about Mueller's findings.
 
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According to special counsel regulations, the report must explain Mueller's "prosecution or declination decisions." Barr has said he will write his own report summarizing Mueller's findings.
 
In a joint statement, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called upon Barr "to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress."
 
"Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any 'sneak preview' of Special Counsel Mueller's findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public," the statement said.
 
The probe, which has shadowed Trump's presidency, has led to felony charges against 34 people, including six Trump associates, and three companies.
 
CNN reported Mueller is "still special counsel" but his investigation is "complete" and the special counsel office is not recommending any further indictments, according to DOJ officials.
 
Trump has repeatedly dismissed any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, while slamming the wide-ranging inquiry as a "hoax" or "witch hunt." Russia has denied any meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
 
Trump has been ramping up efforts to discredit the Mueller report.
 
"I have a deputy, appoints a man to write a report on me, to make a determination on my presidency," Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network released on Friday morning. "People will not stand for it."
 
Earlier this week, Trump told reporters he doesn't understand why Mueller is writing a report, but he wants the general public to see it anyway.
 
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New Zealand bans assault rifles after terror attack

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced a ban on all military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles, six days after a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch left 50 people dead.
 
"On March 15, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too," Ardern said, Efe news reported. "Six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand.
 
"Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines," she added. 
 
An amnesty will be enacted for weapons to be handed in and officials are developing a buyback scheme. The new legislation is expected to be in place by April 11. 
 
Police Minister Stuart Nash said the bill will include narrow exemptions for legitimate business use, including professional pest control, as well as for police and defence forces, while issues such as access for mainstream international sporting competitions were being worked through.
 
"We have also acknowledged that some guns serve legitimate purposes in our farming communities, and have therefore set out exemptions for 0.22 caliber rifles and shotguns commonly used for duck hunting," Nash said.
 
At 3 p.m. on Thursday, an order under section 74A(c) of the Arms Act - signed by the Governor-General to reclassify a wider range of semi-automatic weapons under the act - went into effect in the interim while legislation is drafted. 
 
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Thursday that "the detail means that people who were prior to 3 p.m. lawfully in possession of firearms such as semi-automatic assault rifles are no longer lawfully in possession of those firearms due to the… change in categorization.
 
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"We'll be working with everyone to ensure we give them every assistance to take those firearms off them, get them out of circulation and into a place of safekeeping so those firearms can never be used again in an act of violence so horrific as we saw last Friday," he said.
 
Bush also said police had completed the identification of all 50 victims.
 
"It is a landmark for this process. Over 120 people - forensic experts, police, international experts, coroners, pathologists - have been involved working as best as humanly possible to make that happen out of respect for the families of those victims," he said.
 
The police list of victims includes Mucaad Ibrahim, who at the age of three is the youngest of those killed.
 
A public burial is planned for later Thursday for Haji-Daoud Nabi, a 71-year-old Afghan who migrated to New Zealand in the late 1970s and who saved lives by shielding people during the shooting at Al Noor mosque.
 
Abdul Azis, who has become a hero of the tragedy after driving the attacker away by throwing an electronic payment transaction machine and a gun at him outside the Linwood mosque, received tributes from New Zealanders.
 
Flowers were placed in front of his store while the community continued to collect money to help him and his family, according to Radio New Zealand.
 
Out of a total of 50 people injured, 29 are still hospitalized, of which nine remain in critical condition, including a 4-year-old girl who was transferred to Auckland's Starship hospital.
 
On Friday, one week after the terror attack by a white supremacist, New Zealand will pay tribute to the victims with the call to prayer broadcast nationally at 1.30pm, followed by two minutes of silence.
 
The 28-year-old Australian sole suspect in the massacre will appear in court on April 5 charged with murder. It is likely he will face further charges. 
 
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Nirav Modi held in London, in police custody

Nirav Modi. Image from Nirav Modi group's Facebook page.
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Fourteen months after he fled India, fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi has been arrested in London in connection with the Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud case and was sent to police custody till March 29 after being denied bail.
 
The 48-year-old businessman was arrested from Holborn on Tuesday afternoon on behalf of Indian authorities and was produced before a judge at the Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
 
He was denied bail and will stay in custody until the next hearing on March 29.
 
According to informed sources, the Westminster court in its lengthy hearing observed that Nirav Modi should be kept in Metropolitan Police custody due to his involvement in fraud of high value funds and access to means of escape. 
 
The Police made the arrest seven days after the Westminster Court issued an arrest warrant against Nirav Modi who left India days before the scam came to light in January 2018. 
 
The court had issued arrest warrant after UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid referred to India's extradition request for Nirav Modi.
 
The Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi in July 2018 at the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 
 
The businessman's whereabouts were a mystery as he had been spotted in New York, Hong Kong and other cities. Along with his uncle Mehul Choksi of Gitanjali Group, Nirav Modi left the country before the CBI formally started investigating the PNB scam.
 
The ED had on May 24 and 26 last year filed chargesheets against both men. Non-bailable warrants were also issued against them.
 
The development came days after the The Telegraph newspaper in Britain claimed that Nirav Modi was spotted in London.
 
He was said to be living in a three-bedroom flat, occupying half the floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, the daily reported. 
 
It claimed Nirav Modi was involved in a new diamond business, run from an office in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his apartment. The new business was incorporated in May 2018, it said.
 
An extradition request against him had been pending before the UK authorities since September last year.
 
The ED on February 26 attached Rs 147 crore worth of property of Nirav Modi and his associate companies in connection with the PNB case.
 
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Diamantaire Nirav Modi arrested in London in PNB loan fraud case

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Fourteen months after he fled India, fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi was on Wednesday arrested in London on charges of defrauding on a huge loan taken from the Punjab National Bank (PNB), official sources said.
 
Police made the arrest seven days after the London Westminster Court issued an arrest warrant against Nirav Modi who left India days before the scam came to light in January 2018. 
 
He will be produced before a court later in the day.
 
The Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi in July 2018 at the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 
 
The businessman's whereabouts were a mystery as he had been spotted in New York, Hong Kong and other cities. Along with his uncle Mehul Choksi of Gitanjali Group, Nirav Modi left the country before the CBI formally started investigating the PNB scam.
 
The ED had on May 24 and 26 last year filed chargesheets against both men. Non-bailable warrants were also issued against them.
 
The development came days after the The Telegraph newspaper in Britain claimed that Modi was spotted in London.
 
Accused in the Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud case, Nirav Modi was living in a three-bedroom flat, occupying half the floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, The Telegraph reported. 
 
The report also claimed Nirav Modi was involved in a new diamond business, run from an office in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his apartment. The new business was incorporated in May 2018, it said.
 
An extradition request against him had been pending before the UK authorities since September last year.
 
The ED on February 26 attached Rs 147 crore worth of property of Nirav Modi and his associate companies in connection with the PNB case.
 
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Christchurch attack: Five Indian victims identified

 
Death toll in New Zealand shooting rises to 50
The Indian High Commission in New Zealand on Sunday confirmed that five Indians were killed in the Christchurch terror attack that claimed 50 lives.
 
"With a very heavy heart we share the news of loss of precious lives of our five nationals -- Maheboob Khokhar, Ramiz Vora, Asif Vora, Ansi Alibava and Ozair Kadir -- in the ghastly terror attack," the Indian Mission tweeted. 
 
"Our helpline numbers (021803899 and 021850033) will remain available round the clock to assist families as we together cope with our shared grief," it said.
 
It also stated a dedicated page to expedite visa for family members of the victims has been set up by the New Zealand immigration office.
 
Fifty people were killed in shootings at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Avenue Masjid in the city on Friday after 28-year-old Australian national Brenton Tarrant opened indiscriminate firing. 
 
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42 killed, many missing in Indonesia flash floods

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More than 40 people have died and dozens are missing as flash floods hit Indonesia's Papua province, a disaster official said on Sunday.
 
Torrential rains triggered the floods at around 6 p.m. in several villages in Jayapura district on Saturday. 
 
At least 21 people were critically injured, Cory Simbolon, head of emergency unit of the provincial disaster management agency told Xinhua.
 
Over 3,000 people have been forced to flee home and take shelter elsewhere as dozens of houses, buildings, bridges and other infrastructure were damaged, Simbolon said.
 
Landslides upstream had accumulated soils at the river, hampering water flow. The flash floods occurred when that soil collapsed, National Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
 
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Death toll rises to 50 in NZ mosque attacks

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The death toll from the terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch has risen to 50 as one more victim was found at one of the shooting scenes, the police said on Sunday.
 
Investigators found the victim while removing bodies from the Al Noor mosque where more than 40 people were killed as a gunman stormed the mosque and went on a shooting rampage on Friday, Police Commissioner Mike Bush told a press conference. 
 
Meanwhile, the number of the injured people from the terror attacks stood at 50, and 36 of them were still being treated in Christchurch Hospital, with two remaining in intensive care unit and one child at a children's hospital, Xinhua reported citing the police.
 
For the time being, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant was charged with murder. The terror suspect appeared briefly in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday.
 
The charging document showed the maximum penalty will be life imprisonment. He will be in custody until April 5, according to the High Court in Christchurch.
 
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France freezes assets of JeM chief Masood Azhar

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The French government announced on Friday that it has decided to freeze the assets of Masood Azhar, the founder and leader of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist group, a media report said.
 
A joint statement issued by the French Interior Ministry, Finance Ministry and Foreign Ministry said that France would also discuss putting Azhar on an European Union list of people suspected of being involved in terrorism, Reuters reported.
 
Pakistan is under pressure from many countries to act against terrorist groups including the JeM, which claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
 
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49 dead, 48 injured in New Zealand mosque massacre

At least 49 people were massacred and 48 injured when gunmen said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch city in the deadliest terror attack in New Zealand.
 
49 killed in New Zealand mosque shootings: police
At least 49 people were massacred and 48 injured when gunmen said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch city in the deadliest terror attack in New Zealand.
 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday was "one of New Zealand's darkest days". Calling the shootings "abhorrent", Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park and seven at the Linwood Avenue Mosque. 
 
One person died in hospital, The New Zealand Herald reported. Nine people of Indian nationality or origin were missing after the massacre, High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli said while offering condolences to those affected.
 
"As per updates received from multiple sources, there are 9 missing persons of indian nationality/origin. Official confirmation still awaited. Huge crime against humanity. Our prayers with their families," Kohli tweeted.
 
Ahmed Jehangir, a man from Hyderabad, was among those shot at in the horrific massacre. He was injured and taken to hospital, his brother Khursheed Iqbal Jehangir said.
 
Ahmed, settled in New Zealand for 15 years, runs a Hyderabadi food restaurant near Al Noor Mosque. 
 
Witnesses said there were around 400 people in the Al Noor Mosque at the time of the attack and they ran for their lives after hearing gunshots. Around 100 were there in Linwood Avenue Mosque, the second mosque targeted. But not everyone was lucky to escape.
 
A man in his late 20s was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning, the police said. Two other men and one woman were detained and firearms and explosive devices were recovered.
 
Bush said one of those detained was later released, while officers were working to determine if the other two were involved.
 
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The police did not name any of the suspects, but a man identifying himself as Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old born in Australia, livestreamed a 17-minute footage on Facebook showing him driving to a mosque, entering and shooting randomly at people inside.
 
The Australian also posted a manifesto online before the attacks, in which he espoused far-right and anti-immigrant ideology.
 
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the suspected attacker as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".
 
The New Zealand Premier condemned the ideology of the killers, saying: "You may have chosen us but we utterly reject and condemn you." None of the suspects was on terrorism watchlists.
 
Hassan, 29, a Sri Lankan Muslim who has lived in New Zealand for six months, said he came to the country for its "peace, and because there are no wars". 
 
He was at the Linwood mosque's prayer service when the shooting began. "The shooter was screaming a lot and waving the gun in every direction, shooting, shooting, shooting," he said. 
 
"I don't know who of my friends is dead or alive now. I am waiting. The police told me: 'I am sorry, this is the first time this has ever happened in this country.'"
 
BBC quoted other witnesses as saying that they ran for their lives and saw people bleeding on the ground outside the Al Noor Mosque. The gunman targeted the men's prayer room in the mosque and then moved to the women's room.
 
The Bangladesh cricket team touring New Zealand had a narrow escape as the entire team had gone to one of the mosques near Hagley Park for Friday prayers.
 
Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said the team was about to go inside when the killings began. The New Zealand-Bangladesh third Test match set to be played in Christchurch was axed.
 
The government advised people not to go to mosques until further notice. All schools were shut down.
 
One man, Robert Weatherhead, told Newstalk that he took in people who escaped from the Al Noor mosque. He described the gunman as "white, aged in his 30s or 40s and wearing a uniform".
 
Another witness, who was in the front row of devotees, told the New Zealand Herald that the suspect first shot people outside, adding that he heard the gun being reloaded about three times.
 
The UK, the US and France stepped up security at mosques following the tragedy. 
 
Global leaders, including US President Donald Trump, his predecessor Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron sent their messages of support to New Zealand.
 
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen said: "The brutal crime had shocked and hurt the feelings of all Muslims around the world and served as a further warning on the obvious dangers of hate, intolerance, and Islamophobia."
 
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Contact us for help: Indian mission in New Zealand

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The Indian High Commission on Friday said any Indian caught up in the Christchurch mosque massacre and needing assistance could contact it.
 
"We are shocked to hear about the shooting in Christchurch. Any Indians needing assistance should contact us at 021803899 or 021850033," the mission tweeted.
 
"Our prayers go out to everyone who is affected," it added. 
 
Gunmen shot dead 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch earlier in the day in what the government said was an act of terror.
 
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49 killed in New Zealand mosques massacre

At least 49 people were killed when gunmen said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques in Christchurch city on Friday in what a shocked New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was a terror attack.
 
Multiple deaths reported in New Zealand shooting at two mosques
At least 49 people were killed when gunmen said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques in Christchurch city on Friday in what a shocked New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was a terror attack.
 
Calling the shootings "abhorrent", Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park and seven at the Linwood Avenue Mosque. One person died in hospital, The New Zealand Herald reported.
 
Bush said one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder and the police had recovered a lot of firearms from both the Linwood Avenue and Al Noor Mosque shooting scenes.
 
The Christchurch Hospital said earlier that 48 people had suffered gunshot wounds.
 
Ardern called the killings "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and an "unprecedented" situation.
 
At least one of the killers was an Australian man. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the suspected attacker as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".
 
The Australian reportedly livestreamed shooting at Al Noor Mosque in a 17-minute video and wrote a manifesto declaring his intentions, saying "it is a terrorist attack", Commissioner Bush told the media.
 
BBC quoted witnesses as saying that they ran for their lives and saw people bleeding on the ground outside the Al Noor mosque.
 
The gunman targeted the men's prayer room in the mosque and then moved to the women's room.
 
"It is clear that this can only be described as a terrorist attack. From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned. Two explosive devices attached to suspects' vehicles have been found and they have been disarmed," Prime Minister Ardern said.
 
Three men and a woman were arrested after the massacre, authorities said, adding that none of them were on any terrorism watch, including in Australia.
 
"These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world," Ardern said.
 
She said it was obvious the attacks had been planned for some time. 
 
The police said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack.
 
"This goes to the seriousness of the situation," Bush said.
 
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The Bangladesh cricket team now touring New Zealand had a narrow escape as the entire team had gone to one of the mosques near Hagley Park for Friday prayers.
 
Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to the mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place.
 
The New Zealand-Bangladesh third Test match set to be played in Christchurch was axed.
 
The government advised people not to go to mosques until further notice. All Christchurch schools were shut down.
 
One man, Robert Weatherhead, told Newstalk that he took in people who escaped from the Al Noor mosque.
 
He described the gunman as "white, aged in his 30s or 40s and wearing a uniform".
 
Another witness, who was in the front row of devotees when the gunman came in, told the New Zealand Herald that the suspect first shot people outside, adding that he heard the gun being reloaded about three times.
 
"The gunman began shooting in all directions," the witness said.
 
A woman told the Christchurch Star she lay in her car near the mosque as four to five men came running towards her. Another man said he hid under a bench till the shooting stopped.
 
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40 die in New Zealand as gunmen open fire at two mosques

At least 40 people were killed when gunmen said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques in Christchurch city on Friday in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
 
Multiple deaths reported in New Zealand shooting at two mosques
At least 40 people were killed when gunmen said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques in Christchurch city on Friday in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
 
The shootings took place at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Masjid, The New Zealand Herald reported.
 
One gunman, believed to be Australian, filmed as he shot victims in the mosque - and wrote a manifesto declaring his intentions, saying that "it is a terrorist attack", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
 
He said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack.
 
"This goes to the seriousness of the situation," Bush said.
 
The Bangladesh cricket team now touring New Zealand had a narrow escape as the entire team had gone to one of the mosques near Hagley Park for Friday prayers.
 
Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that the "entire team got saved from active shooters".
 
Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to the mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place.
 
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Authorities immediately called off the New Zealand-Bangladesh third Test match that was set to be played in Christchurch.
 
Prime Minister Ardern confirmed the fatalities and described the killings as "extreme and unprecedented violence". Police reported that four people -- three men and a woman -- had been arrested for the killings. 
 
"We are not aware of other people but we cannot assume there are not others at large," Bush told the media here.
 
The government advised people not to go to mosques until further notice. All Christchurch schools were hurriedly shut down.
 
One man, Robert Weatherhead, told Newstalk that he took in people who escaped from the Al Noor mosque.
 
He described the gunman as "white, aged in his 30s or 40s and wearing a uniform", but he could not make out what the uniform was.
 
Another witness, who was in the front row of devotees when the gunman came in, told The New Zealand Herald that the suspect first shot people outside, adding that he heard the gun being reloaded about three times.
 
"The gunman began shooting in all directions," the witness said.
 
A woman told the Christchurch Star she lay in her car near the mosque as four to five men came running towards her.
 
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Several feared dead as gunmen open fire at two mosques in New Zealand

 
NZ police hunt 'active shooter' after gunman opens fire at mosque
At least two gunmen opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city on Friday, with the police saying that there were "multiple fatalities".
 
The shootings took place at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Masjid, The New Zealand Herald reported.
 
Police Commissioner Mike Bush has confirmed "multiple fatalities", adding that there was one person in custody "but we are unsure if there are other people".
 
"Again we are unsure if there are any other locations outside of that area. We have mobilised every police resource in the Canterbury location to respond to this and we are also in the process of mobilising every national police resource to keep people safe," Bush told the media here.
 
One gunman, believed to be Australian, filmed as he shot victims in the mosque - and wrote a manifesto declaring his intentions, saying that "it is a terrorist attack", according to Bush.
 
Addressing a media conference in New Plymouth, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the events in Christchurch as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
 
Ardern described the event as "extreme and unprecedented violence".
 
There were also reports of a third active shooting unfolding outside Christchurch Hospital and and a car bomb in Strickland St, but these two incidents were yet to be verified.
 
Authorities advised people not to go to mosques until further notice. All Christchurch schools are on lockdown.
 
Apart from numerous witness reports of casualties, a reporter following the Bangladesh cricket team, who are currently in New Zealand, tweeted that the team had "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters".
 
Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that the "entire team got saved from active shooters".
 
Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place.
 
Yunus confirmed that all the players were safe.
 
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UK Parliament votes to seek Article 50 extension

 
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The UK Parliament voted 413-202 on Thursday to instruct Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay that would give the UK's fractious political class time to forge a plan for an orderly Brexit, raising the prospect that Britain will remain part of the bloc beyond March 29 deadline.
 
May, who vowed repeatedly that the UK would leave the European Union (EU) on March 29 without or without a deal in place, finds herself forced to abandon that stance after a series of high-stakes votes in the House of Commons, Efe news reported.
 
On Tuesday, the House rejected for a second time the draft Withdrawal Agreement May negotiated with the EU.
 
The following day saw many of the Prime Minister's Conservative colleagues join opposition lawmakers to approve a non-binding motion against exiting the EU without an agreement under any circumstances.
 
That outcome triggered Thursday's vote on instructing the government to formally request a delay.
 
The European Commission reminded London on Thursday that all 27 other EU member-states would need to approve an extension of the UK's withdrawal under Article 50.
 
In considering whether to grant a delay, the 27 national leaders would give "priority to the need to ensure the functioning of the EU institutions and taking into account the reasons for and duration of a possible extension," a commission spokesperson said.
 
A decision on the UK request will be made at next week's meeting of the European Council, the spokesperson said.
 
May said that the House of Commons will have one more opportunity to vote on the draft Withdrawal Agreement before the March 21-22 EU summit.
 
If lawmakers approve the text - which they previously rejected by margins of 202 and 149 votes - the prime minister plans to seek a "limited technical extension" of three months that would give Parliament time to approve the necessary Brexit legislation.
 
Should the House of Commons reject the Withdrawal Agreement a third time, May said it would be necessary to pursue a "much longer" extension that would require the UK to participate in the May 23-26 European Parliamentary elections.
 
Comments from senior EU figures point to a possible reluctance to grant an extension unless they see some sign that UK politicians will be able to reach the consensus on Brexit that has eluded them since the success of the "Leave" vote in the 2016 referendum.
 
Before approving the motion to ask the EU for more time, the House of Commons voted down Thursday an amendment to seek a much longer extension for the purpose of holding a second referendum on Brexit.
 
The amendment failed 334-85, as members of the main opposition Labour Party withheld support on the instructions of party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said that while he supports giving voters another chance to express an opinion on Brexit, now was not the appropriate time to decide the matter.
 
Another amendment, brought forward by a multiparty group of lawmakers, was intended to assert parliamentary control over the process.
 
That proposal fell short by just two votes.
 
The main sticking point for many opponents of the Withdrawal Agreement is concern that the provision to prevent the return of a hard border between EU member Ireland and the UK province of Northern Ireland would trap Britain in a permanent customs union with the bloc.
 
May traveled to Strasbourg, France, late Monday in pursuit of some movement from the EU on what is known as the Irish backstop.
 
At a midnight press conference, May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced what the Conservative prime minister's government called a "legally binding instrument on the Withdrawal Agreement and protocol on Northern Ireland."
 
Yet the UK attorney general said later that the last-minute "clarifications" reduced - but did not eliminate - the risk that the country could be indefinitely bound to the Irish backstop.
 
The Democratic Unionist Party, a right-wing outfit from Northern Ireland that props up the Conservative minority government, dismissed the latest EU text as insufficient.
 
And hard-line Brexiters inside the Conservative Party, led by the European Research Group, were likewise unpersuaded by the changes presented in Strasbourg.
 
EU leaders have been adamant on the need to avoid a hard border in Ireland, something that many people fear would undermine the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended decades of strife in Northern Ireland between pro-British unionists and Irish nationalists.
 
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India, US commit to strengthen bilateral security, civil nuclear cooperation

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India and the United States on Wednesday committed to strengthen bilateral security  and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India.
 
At the 9th round of the India-US Strategic Security Dialogue held here, the US also reaffirmed its strong support of India's early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
 
The Indian delegation to the dialogue was led by Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary, while the U.S. delegation was led by Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. 
 
A joint statement issued after the talks said the two sides exchanged views on a wide range of global security and nonproliferation challenges and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors. 
 
Earlier, on March 12, 2019, Indra Mani Pandey, Additional Secretary for Disarmament and International Security Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and Dr. Yleem D. S. Poblete, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, co-chaired the third round of the India-U.S. Space Dialogue, where they discussed trends in space threats; respective national space priorities; and opportunities for cooperation bilaterally and in multilateral fora.
 
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Trump orders grounding of Boeing 737-MAX 8, MAX 9 planes

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United States President Donald Trump has announced that the US will ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes with immdediate effect.
 
"All of those planes are grounded, effective immediately," Trump said, referring to the Boeing 737 Max variations, during a press event on Wednesday.
 
"The safety of the American people, of all people is our paramount concern," Trump said.
 
The US becomes the last major nation to ban the fleet following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crash, which killed all 157 people on board.
 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement shortly after Trump's remarks it is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by US airlines or in US territory.
 
The move came hours after Canada announced it is pulling Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from the sky, indicating that the US is bowing to the mounting pressure from the international community to ground the aircraft.
 
The US is the last major country to halt operation of the questioned model, despite repeated calls from US lawmakers, experts, and the public in the past few days for the FAA to prioritise safety.
 
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. In another unfortunate incident in October last year, a Lion Air plane of the same model crashed in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
 
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Defying global stance against terror, China vetoes sanctions on JeM chief

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Defying global opposition to terrorism, China has vetoed sanctions against Masood Azhar, the chief of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), extending cover to him and Pakistan that protects him.
 
On Wednesday, China was the only Security Council member to oppose the proposal spearheaded with renewed vigour by France with British and US backing at the al-Qaeda sanctions committee to declare him a global terrorist and impose sanctions on him.
 
Wednesday was the deadline to take a decision in the current cycle and because of Beijing's veto - officially known as a technical hold - the proposal will remain on hold for at least three months.
 
In New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry expressed disappointment over the outcome.
 
"This has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019," the statement said.
 
India affirmed that it will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice".
 
The US had said on Tuesday that China's opposition to designating Azhar as an international terrorist runs counter to the mutual goal with the US of regional stability.
 
As the founder and leader of JeM, Azhar "meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations" for a global terrorist subject to its sanctions, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said.
 
The Council's sanctions committee on the Islamic State and al-Qaeda and linked terrorist groups - known as 1267 committee after Council resolution's number - needs a consensus for its decisions.
 
China had shown some flexibility last month on the issue of JeM last month, when it went along with a Council statement condemning in "strongest terms" the Pulwama attack calling it a "heinous and cowardly suicide bombing" and noting that the JeM claimed responsibility for it. Because of the growing revulsion against terrorism, Beijing felt boxed in. Partly to assuage it, the Council made it a statement, rather than a resolution so it would not have a formal vote.
 
However, Azhar has been the redline for Beijing and it has for a decade protected him.
 
Although Pakistan flouts the other decisions of the committee by allowing various terrorist groups under sanctions like the JeM itself to operate, adding Azhar would have increased pressures on it over support for terrorism.
 
Before Azhar's case was taken up by the committee, Beijing indicated it would block the sanctions on him.
 
Using convoluted diplomatic language, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing, "China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee" and "engage in consultations with various parties and properly deal with this issue".
 
Last week, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou visited Pakistan for talks with that nation's leaders. He declared that Beijing was Islamabad's time-tested friend and woul stand by it.
 
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China blocks move against Azhar, India disappointed

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The UN Sanctions Committee on Wednesday did not come to a decision on naming JeM chief Mohammed Masood Azhar a global terrorist due to China putting the proposal on hold. India expressed its disappointment at the outcome.
 
In a statement in New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry said this has prevented action by the international community against the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a proscribed and active terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for last month's Pulwama terror attack. 
 
It was the fourth attempt for international action against the JeM founder, all of which have been blocked by China since 2009.
 
"The ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee (1267 Sanctions Committee), upon completion of the no-objection period on 13 March 2019, was not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi under the UN Sanctions regime, on account of a member placing the proposal on hold. We are disappointed by this outcome," the statement said, without naming China.
 
India expressed its gratitude for the efforts of the countries who moved the proposal and "the unprecedented number of all other Security Council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors".
 
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee was moved by France, UK and the US on February 27 in wake of the horrendous terror attack in jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that left 40 security personnel dead.
 
"We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice," the statement said. 
 
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Google says sorry for Gmail, Drive global outages

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Google on Wednesday apologised after users around the world faced problems with accessing Gmail and other services.
 
Users in several countries including India reported problems in attaching or accessing attachments, as well as accessing and saving draft emails and sending emails. 
 
Google reported that the issue has now been resolved.
 
"We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support," Google said in a statement on their service website.
 
Many users in Australia, the US, Europe and Asia reported outages with Gmail, Google Maps and Google Drive, The Guardian reported.
 
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India, US call on Pakistan to address concerns on terrorism, cross-border terror

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India and the United States on Tuesday called on Pakistan to meaningfully address the concerns of the international community on terrorism, including cross-border terrorism.
 
The call came during the India-US Foreign Office Consultations between Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale here.
 
The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to the Indo- U.S. Strategic Partnership. In this context, they reviewed progress made since the Ministerial 2+2 meeting and discussed ways to further expand cooperation, a press release from the  Indian Ministry of External Affairs said.
 
"They exchanged views on building convergences in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to work with each other and regional partners to promote inclusivity, stability, peace and prosperity in the region," the release added.
 
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UK joins Singapore, Australia, others in grounding Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

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The United Kingdom on Tuesday joined Singapore, Australia and a number of other countries in banning Boeing 737 Max planes from operating in or over their airspace, following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same model that killed all 157 people on board.
 
The US plane manufacturer's latest model suffered a second fatal crash in less than five months on Sunday. 
 
Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea and China have also banned the aircraft.
 
UK's Civil Aviation Authority said the directive would remain in place until further notice, the BBC reported.
 
"As currently we do not have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying the UK airspace," said a spokesman of the authority. 
 
There are currently five 737 Max aircraft registered and operational in the UK. A sixth is planned to start operations later this week, according to the Guardian.
 
Earlier on Tuesday, Australia and Singapore suspended operations of all Boeing 737 Max aircraft in and out of their airports, after Indonesia and China grounded their fleets of the Boeing 737 Max 8.
 
The Singapore suspension affected SilkAir, an arm of Singapore Airlines, that according to the country's Civil Aviation Authority operates six Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Singapore Airlines does not have any 737 MAX 8 planes. 
 
The move affected China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong Airlines and Thai Lion Air as these airlines fly into Singapore and have the 737 MAX in their fleets.
 
Australia's move affected only Singapore Airlines Ltd's SilkAir and Fiji Airways, as no Australian carriers use the model.
 
In an identical move, Vietnam said it would not licence Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the country, while South Korea suspended operations of the aircraft. 
 
Aerolíneas Argentinas too grounded its five Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes. The other airlines and countries that earlier suspended use of the 737 MAX 8 were Ethiopian Airlines, Aeromexico, Cayman Airways and South Africa's Comair.
 
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Boeing 737 Max 8 was airworthy but it had demanded design changes to the aircraft by April.
 
Boeing said it would deploy a software upgrade across the fleet "in the coming weeks". The company said for several months it "been developing a flight control software enhancement for the 737 Max, designed to make an already safe aircraft even safer". 
 
It did not refer to Sunday's crash in connection to the software upgrade, but did express condolences to the relatives of those killed in the disaster.
 
The carriers that didn't ground Boeing 737 Max 8 were Fiji Airways, American Airlines, Norwegian, Southwest Airlines and Icelandair.
 
On Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302, on its way to the Kenyan capital Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after takeoff. It ploughed into a field near Tulu Fara village outside the town of Bishoftu, some 60 km southeast of the Ethiopian capital. The cause of the crash was under probe.
 
The same model was involved in an accident last October when a Lion Air plane plunged into the sea, off the coast of West Java 13 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 on board. 
 
The Boeing 737 Max fleet of aircraft are the latest in the company's successful 737 line. The group includes the Max 7, 8, 9 and 10 models, according to the BBC. 
 
By the end of January, Boeing delivered 350 of the Max 8 model out of 5,011 orders. A small number of Max 9s are also operating. The Max 7 and 10 models, not yet delivered, are due for rollout in the next few years.
 
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Indian-origin man loses 6 of family in Ethiopia air crash

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An Indian-origin man here has lost six of his family members in the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board.
 
The victims were identified as Pannagesh Vaidya, 73; his wife Hansini Vaidya, 67; their daughter Kosha Vaidya, 37; her husband Prerit Dixit, 45; and their two children - Anushka and Ashka, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown was quoted as saying by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
 
The family, all living in Canada, was headed for a "fun trip" to Kenya. Pannagesh Vaidya and Hansini Vaidya were Indian nationals.
 
Manant Vaidya, the brother of Kosha Vaidya, said he dropped off the family at Pearson International Airport on Saturday morning - what would be the second-last day of their lives.
 
"It's a huge tragedy. I lost my parents, I lost my sister. I don't have anyone else now," he said.
 
The Boeing 737 Max 8 -- flight ET 302 -- en route from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital Nairobi crashed six minutes after take off on Sunday. It ploughed into a field near Tulu Fara village outside the town of Bishoftu, some 60 km southeast of Addis Ababa. 
 
"This is an unbelievably tragic situation for this family," Brown said in a statement.
 
"As more details become known, I will provide a further update on how Brampton residents can assist this family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time of sorrow and reflection."
 
Manant Vaidya said that his sister Kosha, who became a Canadian permanent resident in 2003, wanted to take her children to Nairobi to show them her birthplace.
 
"They thought March break was the perfect time for them to go over there, have fun. It was going to be a really great trip for everybody."
 
Manant Vaidya said his parents insisted that they also wanted to go on the trip. "I asked my dad why he wanted to go and he told me that in his life he wants to go one more time."
 
He said his brother-in-law was working seven days a week in order to pay for the trip.
 
The Indian Embassy in Ethiopia on Sunday said that four Indian nationals were killed and they were identified as Pannagesh Vaidya, Hansini Vaidya, Nukavarapu Manisha, a doctor based in the US, and Shikha Garg, the United Nations Development Programme consultant attached with the Environment Ministry. 
 
Ethiopian Airlines said Kenya had the largest number of casualties with 32, followed by 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 9 Britons, then Italy, China, and the US with eight each. 
 
There were seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Germans, and four people from Slovakia on board.
 
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US to take action if Boeing 737 MAX safety issue found

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US has announced that it will take "immediate and appropriate action" once it identifies any issue affecting the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX, following the accident in Ethiopia that killed 157 people, eight of them US citizens.
 
In a statement released on Twitter on Monday, the FAA confirmed that a team from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are in the area of the accident collecting data and keeping in contact with civil aviation authorities, Efe news reported.
 
The FAA later issued a "Continuing Airworthiness Notification to the International Community for Boeing 737 MAX operators," which is the US regulator's way of communicating with its counterparts around the world on safety issues.
 
On Monday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China ordered the airlines of this country to suspend the use of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 after the accident of Ethiopian Airlines.
 
The Ministry of Transport of Indonesia, the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia and Ethiopian Airlines also joined the suspension, as did Cayman Airlines.
 
The FAA noted that it "continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of US commercial aircraft," and assured that if it identifies "an issue that affects safety," it will adopt "immediate and appropriate action."
 
The US Department of State reported that at least eight Americans were among the victims on the plane that crashed on Sunday, shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa bound for Nairobi.
 
According to State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino, the US Embassies in Addis Ababa and Nairobi, along with the National Transportation Security Board, are working with the Ethiopian Government and Ethiopian Airlines to "offer all possible assistance".
 
Last October, another Boeing 737 MAX 8, from the Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air, crashed into the Java Sea killing 189 people and on that occasion the black box revealed failures in the automated system.
 
On Monday, Wall Street Boeing shares fell 10.82 percent on Wall Street in reaction to the accident on Sunday, the second in half a year involving one of its model 737 aircraft.
 
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