1. VOLCANO ERUPTS ON ITALIAN ISLAND OF STROMBOLI, KILLS ONE PERSON
A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted on Wednesday, releasing hot trapped magma in a powerful explosion, killing one person.
According to a rescue service official, the person, believed to be a tourist, was killed by falling stones during a walk. And a second person was injured.
The unexpected eruption started fires on the western side of the small Mediterranean island, which lies north of Sicily, off the toe of Italy.
According to the geology.com website, Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet and has been erupting almost continuously since 1932.
2. WANTED MILITANT BLOWS HIMSELF UP IN TUNISIAN CAPITAL
A wanted militant wearing an explosive belt blew himself up in the Tunisian capital after being surrounded by police, no other casualties were reported.
The third such incident within a week comes months ahead of an election and at the peak of a tourist season in which Tunisia is hoping for a record number of visitors.
An interior ministry spokesman said police opened fire on the man, whom authorities described as a wanted militant called Aymen Smiri, without giving further details.
According to the state news agency TAP, police later found 10 kg of explosives hidden in a mosque in the same area.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks on police in Tunis on Thursday, killing one police officer and wounding several people. Daesh militant group claimed responsibility for both attacks.
3. BOEING TO PAY $100 MILLION TO CRASH FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES
Boeing said on Wednesday that it will provide an “initial investment” of $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max planes that killed 346 people.
The Chicago-based company said some of the money will go towards living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families of passengers killed in the crashes.
Boeing faces dozens of lawsuits over the accidents. Relatives of passengers on a Lion Air Max that crashed off the coast of Indonesia agreed to try to settle through mediation, but families of passengers killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash are waiting until more is known about the accidents.
Lawyers who are suing Boeing on behalf of passengers’ families said the new $100 million promise won’t stop them from demanding that Boeing provide details about how the plane and the new flight-control software were developed. Some of them discounted the amount of aid.