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American Airlines announced Monday that it would offer more daily flights to Cuba, by 2019, despite US restrictions on Americans traveling to that country. "We have recently started a fifth daily flight between Havana and Miami, and next year (in May) we will inaugurate a new daily flight between Miami and Santiago de Cuba, our sixth destination in the country," Ramon Jimenez, AA's manager in Cuba, said in a statement. The airline currently has 10 flights a day to the island, half of which are between Miami and Havana.
Sears, an anchor of retail life for generations of Americans, filed for bankruptcy on Monday and said it was closing almost 150 stores, the latest marquee victim of the online era. Sears Holdings Corporation, also the parent company for Kmart, which merged with Sears in 2005, said in a statement it had filed for bankruptcy protection in Manhattan. Shares in the Sears plunged almost 24 percent on Wall Street.
On the eve of the world's largest business jet show, deals began in earnest as planemakers polished plans for supersonic jets and unveiled new luxury aircraft featuring high-speed WiFi and hot showers at 40,000 feet. After years of sluggish sales, potential buyers at the National Business Aviation Association annual corporate jet show are looking closely at new aircraft models with longer ranges and technology for smoother rides, while weighing the advantage of recent U.S. tax deductions. Among big announcements so far, Embraer SA launched two new mid-sized jets and Textron Inc agreed a deal to sell up to 325 Cessna planes to Berkshire Hathaway Inc's luxury plane unit NetJets.
Canada's foreign minister called Monday for a full and transparent probe on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, during a telephone conversation with her Saudi counterpart. Speaking to lawmakers, Chrystia Freeland said Canada was "very concerned" about Khashoggi's disappearance and conveyed this earlier to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
Republicans are shifting limited resources away from candidates they fear are “far too gone”, as they face a wave of Democrat enthusiasm and fund-raising that seems set to give them control of the House of Representatives. With barely three weeks before the midterm elections on November 6, officials and aides are trading in recriminations and finger-pointing, as they appear to be faced by a “blue wave”. At the same time, the White House is reaching out to Democrats on Capitol Hill, in preparation for having to deal with them after the autumn ballot.
(The Oct. 1 story corrects to reflect country of birth was El Salvador, not Honduras) By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - In 1980, a day after urging El Salvador's military to halt a string of abuses that would inflame a 12-year civil war in the impoverished country, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was shot dead while leading Mass. His homilies had blasted the U.S.-backed military dictatorship while voicing solidarity with the poor, making him a Latin American human rights icon. Romero critiqued the military government and armed leftist groups alike.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday she still believes a Brexit deal is "achievable", despite talks with the European Union becoming deadlocked on the issue of the Irish border. "I continue to believe that a negotiated deal is the best outcome for the UK and for the EU. The sticking point is how to keep open the land border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Britain leaves the bloc's single market and customs union.
Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning waterways into raging torrents that killed at least 13 people, nine of them in just one town, authorities said Monday. The rains that swept in from the Mediterranean killed nine people there, Interior Ministry spokesman Frederic de Lanouvelle said. He told BFMTV that the floods in the Aude region also killed four other people in other locations, left one person missing and seriously injured five others.
Jihadists in Syria's Idlib failed to meet a Monday deadline to leave a planned buffer zone ringing the country's last rebel bastion, casting fresh doubt over a deal to avert bloodshed. A Russian-Turkish truce agreement reached nearly a month ago for the northwestern region gave "radical fighters" until October 15 to leave a proposed demilitarised area between government and opposition forces. The accord was a last-ditch effort to stave off a regime onslaught on Idlib, the largest rebel stronghold left in war-ravaged Syria and home to around three million people.
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Dozens of people remained missing on Sunday in Florida Panhandle communities reduced to ruins by Hurricane Michael as rescuers said they expected the death toll to rise and survivors grappled with power outages and shortages of food and water. Already at least 18 deaths in four states have been blamed on the hurricane as rescue crews using cadaver dogs and heavy equipment searched through collapsed homes in small towns such as Mexico Beach and Panama City for more victims. "If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle," Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey told local media.
BEIRUT (AP) — A month after Russia, Turkey and Iran came together in a last-ditch effort to avert a potentially catastrophic Syrian government offensive in Idlib, they appear to have succeeded in creating a buffer zone around the northern rebel-held province, defusing tensions in a major flashpoint area.
The ruling Christian Social Union, which has dominated Bavarian politics since World War II, took about 36 percent of the vote on Sunday, its lowest result since 1950, according to projections by broadcaster ZDF. Voters migrated to the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, which won its first seats in the state parliament with about 11 percent, while the other winner of the night was the Green party, which more than doubled its support to some 18 percent. Seven months into her fourth term, the result is a warning shot to Merkel because it reflects fading support nationwide for the three governing parties -- her Christian Democratic Union, the CSU and the Social Democrats.
ABelgian mechanic destroyed a multi-million pound fighter jet after he accidentally fired a Vulcan cannon while carrying out repairs at an air force base. The £15m plane quickly caught fired and exploded, according to Belgian broadcaster RTL. The mechanic was working with a colleague on two F-16s in a hangar near the control tower. It is understood that the third jet, which they inadvertently destroyed after firing the cannon, was just out of their line of sight. Both mechanics were injured during the incident, which occurred on Thursday at the Florennes air base, 60 miles south of Brussels. A maintenance worker accidentally fired a 20mm Vulcan cannon from an F-16 jet he was working on at Belgium’s Florennes Air Force Base earlier this week, destroying another F-16 while damaging another aircraft nearby, according to Scramble Magazine Boris Morenville, head of the Belgian defence trade union, said there was little doubt that the plane's demise was an accident, albeit a vastly expensive one. "We may be thinking about human fault or technical failure, but in any case we have not yet been warned of an intentional act," he said. The smoke from the incident could be seen from afar Around 30 firefighters were called to the scene along with ambulances and other emergency workers. Colonel Didier Polome, the base commander, said he was relieved that only two people were injured when the plane exploded. A maintenance worker accidentally fired a 20mm Vulcan cannon from an F-16 jet he was working on at Belgium’s Florennes Air Force Base earlier this week, destroying another F-16 while damaging another aircraft nearby, according to Scramble Magazine “You can’t help thinking of what a disaster this could have been," he said. A Belgian Air Force spokesman said: "On October 11, 2018, at approximately 2:10 pm, a fire broke out during maintenance work on an F-16 on the Florennes Base. The plane burned. A second aircraft suffered collateral damage.' A maintenance worker accidentally fired a 20mm Vulcan cannon from an F-16 jet he was working on at Belgium’s Florennes Air Force Base Credit: Scramble Magazine Belgium's Federal Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Aviation Safety Directorate are investigating the bizarre incident.