President Barack Obama touches down in Havana, Cuba. And because it’s modern times, the U.S. president marks his historic landing with a tweet, saying “Que bolá Cuba? Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.” President Obama was not alone in making the trip. First Lady Michelle Obama, their children and the first lady’s mother also joined the trip along with a sizeable delegation. According to a report from CNN, the president also came with some members of the congress and a number of businessmen looking for new opportunities in the said country. President Obama’s visit marks the first trip made by U.S. president to Cuba in almost 90 years.
Flydubai to issue hardship payments to families of crash victims. Following the crash of one of its planes on Saturday, the airline said it is now organizing hardship payments to victims’ families amounting to $20,000 per passenger in accordance to its Conditions of Carriage. Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith also said the airline is now focused on caring families of flight FZ981 passengers and crew while also working with authorities to identify the cause of the crash. According to the airline, flight FZ981 was on its way from Dubai International to Rostov on Don when the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft crashed upon landing at approximately 00:50 GMT. There were no survivors. The flight was said to have been carrying 55 passengers and seven crew members. The passengers included 44 Russians, 8 Ukrainians, 2 Indians and 1 Uzbekistani. Four children had also been onboard.
Secretary Carter names first female combatant commander. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has just named new commanders for the U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Forces Korea, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Among them is Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson who is currently the air component commander for U.S. Pacific Command. Currently, Gen. Robinson is also commanding the Pacific Air Forces as she also serves as the executive director of the Pacific Air Combat Operations staff based at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. According to the Pentagon, Robinson has over 900 flight hours E-3B/C airborne warning and control system aircraft as well as the E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system aircraft.
U.S. and coalition forces enter second phase of dismantling ISIS. The Pentagon says second phase of attacking ISIS in both Iraq and Syria is now under way. The aim is to “degrade and ultimately defeat the Islamic State.” In Syria, they are now focused on what is being referred to as ISIS’ “last route” for moving people, money and supplies between the country and Iraq. Meanwhile, operations are now underway to “isolate” the city of Raqqah in Syria from Mosul in Iraq with the help of Iraqi security forces and local tribes.
Iran plans to make a statues of captured U.S. navy sailors. Iran has just said it is looking to immortalize the moment in January 2016 when it captured 10 U.S. sailors who had accidentally strayed into Iranian territorial waters by building them statues. According to a report from The Clarion Project, Commander Ali Fadavi the said monument will become a “tourist attraction.”
Paris attacker taken into custody revealed other attacks had been planned. Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Belgium during a raid in Brussels on Friday. During interrogation, Abdeslam revealed they had been preparing for attacks in Brussels. According to a report from BBC, Abdeslam has also said he wanted to blow himself up during the attacks in Paris on November 13, but changed his mind. The 26-year old French national who was born in Belgian had been on the run from authorities for four months.
“Captain America” executive producer says the upcoming Marvel movie will have a ‘ripple effect’ on “Agents of Shield.” That is what ” Captain America: Civil War” executive producer Jed Whedon is now saying ahead of the movie’s launch in a few weeks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also explains, “It is one world, so if there is a giant event, it will definitely have a ripple effect on our world.”
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