Top News Stories For Today – Nov 22, 2017
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe finally steps down
There were celebrations Tuesday in the streets of Zimbabwe when embattled President Robert Mugabe finally stepped down after a military takeover, impeachment proceedings and days of serious pressure from his own party. The 93-year-old was in power for 37 years — the only leader Zimbabwe has ever had as an independent country. However, his violent and oppressive tactics quickly made him unpopular and damaged Zimbabwe’s economy.
It won’t be all celebratiions though. There is some trepidation over Mugabe’s successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa had been vice president, and Mugabe dismissed him earlier this month, apparently to pave the way for his wife, first lady Grace Mugabe, to rise to power. However, political experts and some Zimbabweans fear Mnangagwa may be as oppressive as his predecessor. CNN
US Navy plane crashes into Pacific off Japan
A US Navy transporter carrying 11 people crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan on Wednesday. Search and rescue is underway for survivors, the Japan-based Seventh Fleet said in a statement. As of Wednesday morning, eight people had been rescued and were in “good condition,” The Washington Post reports.
The crash happened while the plane was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, and the cause remains unclear. This is the latest in a series of accidents for the Seventh Fleet. In June, seven sailors died when the USS Fitzgerald hit a container ship. And in August, 10 people were killed when the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker. Both incidents were considered avoidable and blamed on crew negligence. US 7th Fleet, The Washington Post, The Week
Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide
Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war. He was the military commander of Bosnian Serb forces against Bosnian Croat and Bosniak armies. He had been on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) since 2012.The UN tribunal in The Hague convicted him on 10 of the 11 charges.
Mladic, 74, was not in court when the sentence was read out. He had been removed for shouting at the judges. They had rejected a request by his team to halt proceedings because of Mladic’s high blood pressure. At the start of the session, he appeared relaxed, smiling and gesturing to the cameras. Mladic has denied all the charges and his lawyer said he would appeal. BBC
Uber paid off hackers in 2016
In October 2016, hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers, the company announced Tuesday. Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data, which included names, email addresses, phone numbers, and in the case of some US drivers, driver’s license numbers.
The company told Bloomberg they do not believe the information was ever used, and its chief security officer and deputy were let go this week for not going public with the hack. “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. “We are changing the way we do business.” Bloomberg, The Week
Venezuela arrests top Citgo executives
Venezuelan authorities arrested the acting president of Citgo, the US subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), along with five other senior executives Tuesday for alleged corruption. Attorney General Tarek William Saab told a press conference that interim president Jose Pereira and other managers allegedly arranged contracts that put Citgo at a disadvantage. The company operates refineries in Illinois, Texas and Louisiana with a capacity of 749,000 barrels per day.
The other five detainees were identified as Tomeu Vadell, vice president of Refining Operations; Alirio Zambrano, vice president and general manager of the Corpus Christi Refinery; Jorge Toledo, Vice President of Supply and Marketing; Gustavo Cardenas, Vice President of Strategic Relations with Shareholders and Government, and Jose Luis Zambrano; Vice President of Shared Services. VOA
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