A concise weekly digest of the top readings, content, ideas and discussions from our global bureaux and correspondents at ComplexGlobal. This week we explore the Sri Lanka bombings, fire at Notre Dame, Indonesian elections, Boeing 737 fixes, Kidnapping Risk & Climate protests in London.
Hundreds of millions of euros have been pledged to help rebuild Notre-Dame after a devastating fire partially destroyed the French cathedral. The fire declared fully extinguished some 15 hours after it began, ravaged the 850-year-old building’s roof and caused its spire to collapse. But firefighters who worked through the night managed to save the Paris landmark’s main stone structure, including its two towers. The cause of the fire is not yet clear.
The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, has announced he has won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on his promise to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory. The vote estimate is based on so-called quick counts of a sample of polling stations by a dozen reputable survey organisations. Widodo said close to 100% of sample polling stations had been counted. The quick counts have been accurate in previous elections.
In the days after a Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 jet plunged into Indonesia’s Java Sea last October, company officials said they were moving quickly to update plane software suspected in the crash. Six months and a second Max 8 disaster later, Boeing has yet to submit its fix to regulators. Last week, pilots and its airline customers left a Federal Aviation Administration meeting with no idea when the grounded model would fly again. What’s taking so long? Fixing software, it turns out, is no easy task.
The US State Department has added a new indicator to its travel advisories to flag the high risk of kidnapping in 35 countries around the world, including Turkey and many Middle Eastern and African nations. A “K” label will be added to some travel advisories to better communicate travel risks. The indicator joins others used in travel advisories, such as “T” for terrorism, “N” for natural disaster and “U” for civil unrest, the WSJ said.
Re-capping the horrific attacks in Colombo on Easter Sunday, the death toll continues to rise passing 290 as the country struggles to secure itself.
A plethora of news sources are covering the events as they unfold — the linked NYT feed is but one place to stay up to date.
ComplexGlobal is closely following the events in Colombo for our team and our clients.
Climate activists glued themselves to the top of a London commuter train, blocked a major bridge at rush hour by staging a group yoga class and occupied four major London landmarks for a third day on Wednesday as part of a global civil disobedience campaign that demands government action on climate change. Major London road junctions and tourist sites, including Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, and Waterloo Bridge, have been at a standstill since Monday, as hundreds of environmental activists have staged events, formed roadblocks and camped out in colorful tents in scenes reminiscent of the Occupy movement of the past.
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