Airlines settle Twin Tower claim

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

NEW YORK, 24 November 2017: American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to a USD95.1 million settlement with the developer of the World Trade Center over the September 11, 2001 attacks, ending 13 years of litigation.

Insurers will cover the payout to World Trade Center Properties, owned by developer Larry Silverstein, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Six weeks before the attacks Silverstein signed a 99-year lease for the site, which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Read more

Spain hunts terror suspects

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BARECELONA, 21 August 2017: A grief-stricken Barcelona commemorated, Sunday, victims of two devastating terror attacks at a mass in the city’s Sagrada Familia church, as police hunted for a Moroccan man believed to be the driver who mowed down sauntering tourists last week.

As investigators scrambled to piece together the attacks which killed 14 people in all, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Saturday the cell behind the carnage that also injured 120 and plunged the country into shock had been “dismantled,” though local authorities took a more cautious tone.

Police said they had cast a dragnet for 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, who media reports say was the driver of a van that smashed into people on Barcelona’s busy Las Ramblas boulevard on Thursday, killing 13. Read more

World leaders condemn attack

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 5 June 2017: British and world leaders condemned the London attack Sunday, reacting with both outrage and solidarity, as Pope Francis urged believers in St Peter’s square to pray for the victims.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was “a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night,” adding: “There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts”.

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the “terrible incident in London” was being treated as “a potential act of terrorism” and said she would hold emergency ministerial talks later in the day. Read more

KAL under fire over training

December 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

SEOUL, 23 December 2016: South Korea’s top carrier Korean Air said its staff followed company procedure in restraining an unruly passenger, earlier this week, after 80s pop singer Richard Marx tweeted that he helped the “ill trained” crew handle the situation.

Marx said he and his wife were flying from the Vietnamese capital Hanoi to Incheon airport, the South’s main hub, when a passenger started physically attacking another passenger sitting next to him and the crew members.

“Passenger next to us attacked passengers and crew. Crew completely ill trained,” Marx said on Twitter, posting a series of photos showing him trying to hold down the unruly passenger. Read more

Horrific pack attackers arrested

April 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

HUA HIN, 29 April 2016:  Four Thai men have now been arrested for the brutal attack on a British family in Hua Hin during Songkran, while the identities of the victims have also been revealed, Thai Visa.Com reported earlier today.

The victims have been named as Lewis Owen, 68, his wife Rosemary Owen, in her sixties, and their son Lewis John Owen, 43. They are believed to be from Wales.

On Thursday, a photograph was released to local media showing Rosemary recovering in her hospital bed, pictured alongside officials, who hospital staff claimed were for the Thailand Authority of Thailand. Read more