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Why airliners in Cuba and Iran crash so much

Why airliners in Cuba and Iran crash so much

Finance
WHEN the dream of a smooth flight turns into the nightmare of an airliner crash, understanding what went wrong is sometimes straightforward. That was the case with a Malaysia Airlines flight which crashed in the summer of 2014, killing 298. This week Dutch and Australian investigators conclusively showed that it was shot down by a missile fired by Russian armed forces. But in other cases it is much harder to apportion blame. Such is the complexity of civil aviation that air-crash investigators spend years sifting through wreckage, recordings and data logs to work out what went wrong. Often technological, human and environmental faults are the main culprits. But another factor can be argued to have caused many of the world’s deadliest air disasters so far this year: economic sanctions...
Cuba gives one of the permits needed for oil drilling

Cuba gives one of the permits needed for oil drilling

Business
April 30 (UPI) -- The Cuban government has signed off on an environment license that could pave the way to drilling for oil onshore, an Australian energy company said.Melbana Energy Ltd., which changed its name last year from MEO Australia to broadcast a Caribbean flair, said the Cuban Ministry of Science and Technology gave it the environmental license for planned activities at its Alameda-1 exploration well on the north shore of Cuba."Our Cuba and Melbourne-based drilling team is continuing to progress the necessary permits through the well-defined Cuban regulatory process," Melbana CEO Robert Zammit said in a statement. "We are pleased to reach this milestone and look forward to finalizing all regulatory approvals for the Alameda-1 well."Melbana's is targeting a reservoir with more than...
Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

World
Cuba's parliament has picked Raúl Castro's right-hand man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed him, ending the family's long rule.Mr Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006.An improvement in relations with the US which began under Barack Obama has been partially reversed since Donald Trump entered the White House. Mr Castro is expected to remain a powerful influence in the communist state even after he steps down.The National Assembly has voted on the nomination but the result will not be announced until Thursday, when he is expected to formally pass the presidency to Mr Díaz-Canel. However, he will stay on as head of the Communist Party until its next congress in 2021.The next Cuban leader will inherit a country in economic stagnation and with
Tropical storm advisories issued in Bahamas, Cuba

Tropical storm advisories issued in Bahamas, Cuba

World
Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A tropical disturbance off the coast of Honduras is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm Friday or Saturday, prompting the Bahamas and Cuba to issue advisories, the National Hurricane Center said.The storm was located about 305 miles south-southwest of the Isle of Youth, Cuba, and 415 miles south-southwest of Havana as of the NHC's 5 p.m. EDT advisory.It was moving north-northwest at 6 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud), Havana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos and Villa Clara, Cuba, and the Northwestern Bahamas.There was a tropical storm watch for the Central Bahamas, and the NHC said residents in the Cayman Islands, South Florida and the Florida Keys should monitor the storm."On...
US to Americans: Stay away from Cuba after health 'attacks'

US to Americans: Stay away from Cuba after health 'attacks'

Health
The United States issued an ominous warning to Americans on Friday to stay away from Cuba and ordered home more than half the U.S. diplomatic corps, acknowledging neither the Cubans nor America's FBI can figure out who or what is responsible for months of mysterious health ailments. No longer tiptoeing around the issue, the Trump administration shifted to calling the episodes "attacks" rather than "incidents." The U.S. actions are sure to rattle already delicate ties between the longtime adversaries who only recently began putting their hostility behind them. The U.S. Embassy in Cuba will lose roughly 60 percent of its American staff and will stop processing visas for prospective Cuban travelers to the United States indefinitely, officials said. Roughly 50 Americans had been working at th...