In The News Today: Actress Patty Duke Passes Away, EgyptAir Hostage Situation Ends Peacefully And More
EgyptAir hostage situation ends peacefully. After a long six hour standoff, the hostage situation aboard EgyptAir flight MS181 ended peacefully, with both passengers and crew being released unharmed. Moreover, the suspect who was later identified as Seif El Din Mustafa was arrested. According to CNN, the Cyprus Transport Ministry said that the hijacking incident was not related to terrorism. Following the incident, EgyptAir said that the passengers and cabin crew had arrived safely in Cairo International Airport. MS181 was flying from Alexandria to Cairo when a Mustafa hijacked the plane and told the pilot that he was wearing an explosive belt device. Following the threat, the flight diverted to Larnaca airport in Cyprus. It was later determined that the explosive device was fake.
Donald Trump claims campaign manager is innocent following battery charge. Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged with battery in relation to an incident involving reporter Michelle Fields, which occurred during an event at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida earlier this month. According to a report from NBC News, Trump’s campaign manager turned himself in to the police and was later released and given a schedule to appear in court on May 4. In response to the charges, Lewandowski took to Twitter to address Fields, telling her “You are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.” According to Trump, Lewandowski was not arrested and that he is “absolutely innocent of this charge.” Moreover, the leading GOP presidential candidate also said that his campaign manager “will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court.”
ISIS suicide attack kills seven in Baghdad. An explosion occurred in Tayaran Square in Baghdad on Thursday amidst a group of workers during a sit-in by supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The blast killed seven people and left 27 wounded. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted online. At the same time, Al Jazeera reports that the ISIS also claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing during an amateur football game on Friday that killed 26 people in Iskandariya, south of Baghdad. Both attacks took place after ISIS fighters launched attacks in Brussels that killed more than 30 people.
Catholic priest crucified in Yemen. Father Tom Uzhunnalil was reportedly kidnapped from his retirement home and crucified by ISIS on Good Friday. According to a report from The Clarion Project, unidentified gunmen had stormed the retirement home and launched an attack on the occupants inside, killing four nuns. Only one nun survived the attack. Sister Sally had managed to hide inside a refrigerator and the ISIS fighters did not manage to find her. Father Uzhunnalil was said to have been tortured prior to being crucified. He was 56.
Instagram now lets you post videos 60 seconds long. This is because the social media app has noticed that in the last six months, people had been watching video on Instagram 40 percent times more. At the same time, those on iOS will also have the ability to make videos using multiple clips again. In fact, the multi-clip video feature will be available this week for those on iOS version 7.19 at the Apple App Store.
Patty Duke passes away. Oscar-winning actress Anna Patty Duke Pearce had passed away on Tuesday morning. The announcement was made by her son, actor Sean Astin. According to him, the late actress has “closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place.” In her honor, Astin has decided to establish the Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative with the help of funds he is currently raising through crowdrise.