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03-31-2015 General
Air Canada AC624 crash probe gets help from police drones

New up-close footage of the wreckage of Air Canada Flight AC 624 shows severe damage to the aircraft, including a mangled wing, a smashed and detached engine and a missing wing at the tail of the plane.

The media footage also appears to show a piece of antenna array lodged in the front of the plane where the nose of the aircraft was torn off during the crash early Sunday at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigators have been on scene since Sunday, and are examining the site with help from police drones.

Mike Cunningham, the regional manager for air investigations with the TSB, said the aerial photography will help them see the whole picture.

"In the past we've done that with fixed-wing aircraft, but now that we have this access to the RCMP's drone capabilities, it's a really great way for us to get the aerial coverage and the accident site that we need," he said Monday. "It is a big help."

On Monday, the investigators — from across Canada and as far away as France — began searching the debris field where the Airbus A320 from Toronto crash landed during snowy weather at Halifax Stanfield International Airport with 138 people aboard. Twenty-three people were taken to hospital. None suffered critical injuries.

Airbus, the company that made the plane, is sending staff as part of the investigation, to help figure out what went wrong.

Crews are searching the debris field for evidence. The cockpit recorder and the voice data recorder have been recovered and sent to Ottawa for analysis. The results are expected in a day or two.

Could take 3 days to remove plane

Cunningham said crews started by removing some medical supplies from the wreckage.

"We'll begin working with representatives from Airbus that have arrived here in Halifax from France to begin discussions about how the aircraft can be dismantled and then eventually removed from the site," he said.

He said it could take two to three days to clear the plane off the tarmac

"The position where the aircraft touched down so far back from the end of the runway, I mean, that terrain out there is not prepared as a landing surface. The actual antenna array that they hit is kind of raised up from the ground a bit, so things could have been worse," he said.

Most passengers spent about an hour stuck at the crash site as airport staff scrambled to find a safe way to get them out of the heavy snowfall and inside.

Investigators are also talking to passengers and crew, and examining the aircraft's maintenance records.

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Source: CBC News

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03-31-2015 Business
UK Safari users win the right to sue Google over secretive cookies

A BRITISH COURT HAS GIVEN the green light to a case in the UK that will see Google sued over the secretive placing of cookies on the home machines of people who use Apple's Safari browser.

People who accessed the internet via Safari during a nine-month period over 2011 and 2012, and might have been affected by wonky privacy settings, can now seek satisfaction from Google.

"On the face of it, these claims raise serious issues which merit a trial. They concern what is alleged to have been the secret and blanket tracking and collation of information, often of an extremely private nature about and associated with the claimants' internet use, and the subsequent use of that information for about nine months. The case relates to the anxiety and distress this intrusion upon autonomy has caused," ruled the court.

Google confirmed the court's decision to The INQUIRER, and it does not appear that the company will take it on the chin. "We're disappointed with the court's decision, and are considering our options," said a spokesperson.

Google has already been hauled over the coals about this, and was forced to pay a rather sizeable $22.5m for its troubles. A group for affected parties exists on Facebook.

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman found in 2013 that Google had circumvented the Safari web browser's privacy features to track users' internet activity. Google was fined $17m.

"Consumers should be able to know whether there are other eyes surfing the web with them. By tracking millions of people without their knowledge, Google violated not only their privacy, but their trust," said Schneiderman at the time.

"We must give consumers the reassurance that they can browse the internet safely and securely. My office will continue to protect New Yorkers from any attempts to deliberately expose their personal data."

Action against Google in the UK had already been set in motion, and a dozen plaintiffs were backed by law firm Olswang.

"Google has a responsibility to consumers and should be accountable for the trust placed in them," said Dan Tench, a partner at Olswang.

"We hope that they will take this opportunity to give Safari users a proper explanation about what happened, to apologise and, where appropriate, compensate the victims of their intrusion."

Source: The Inquirer

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03-31-2015 General
Australia Accidentally Leaked World Leaders’ Personal Data, Including Obama’s

Australian immigration officials accidentally leaked the passport numbers and other personal data of world leaders including President Barack Obama in the days before the G-20 summit in Brisbane, last November, according to a report in The Guardian .

Human error caused the personal details of 31 world leaders to be passed on by Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection to the organizers of the Asian Cup soccer competition, held in Australia in January. The Australian immigration department did not report the breach to the world leaders.

Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among those attending the G-20 summit who had their details leaked on November 7, 2014, several days before the annual summit. An employee of Australia’s immigration service is believed to have emailed the sensitive information to the Asian Cup organizers.

“The personal information which has been breached is the name, date of birth, title, position nationality, passport number, visa grant number and visa subclass held relating to 31 international leaders (i.e., prime ministers, presidents and their equivalents) attending the G20 leaders summit,” reads an email by an immigration officer, obtained by The Guardian.

“The cause of the breach was human error. [Redacted] failed to check that the autofill function in Microsoft Outlook had entered the correct person’s details into the email ‘To’ field. This led to the email being sent to the wrong person,” the email reads.

The immigration department said it does not believe the email containing the data is publicly accessible or stored on any database.

Australia’s immigration department also recommended against informing the leaders that their personal information had been leaked. However, that decision could be in violation of the privacy laws of several of the affected countries, including the U.K., France and Germany, which require mandatory notification for the victims of data breaches.

Source: Newsweek

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03-31-2015 Science&Technology
Halifax man fined for publishing sexual assault victim's name on Facebook

A Halifax judge says she wanted to send a message of deterrence as she sentenced a man Monday to a year of probation and fined him $1,950 for breaking a publication ban by naming a sexual assault victim on Facebook.

Provincial court Judge Alanna Murphy said publication ban violations on social media will likely become more common and she wanted to discourage people from committing such offences, particularly when they involve victims of sexual assault.

"Imposing a discharge in this offence would be contrary to public interest," Murphy said in sentencing David Winslow Sparks.

"The consequences (of the offence) are irreparable."

Sparks, 62, pleaded guilty in January to violating a publication ban that protected the identity of a woman who was sexually assaulted.

He posted the woman's name on a Facebook group page in support of Lyle Howe, a local lawyer who was convicted last year of sexually assaulting her. Howe has filed an appeal in that case.

The woman said in a victim impact statement she was blindsided when her name was posted online.

"I hope the actions of one angry individual intent on hurting me doesn't stop others from coming forward for justice," said the statement, read by the Crown in court earlier this month.

"One post can be seen around the world in a second and ruin someone's life in the blink of an eye."

The Facebook group had more than 6,000 members at the time Sparks named the victim in a post, according to a screenshot presented in court.

Murphy said she considered mitigating factors in her ruling, including the fact that Sparks is active in the community, took responsibility for the offence and there is no reason to believe he would commit it again.

If a similar offence were committed by a different person, jail time would have been a possibility, Murphy added.

Crown lawyer Janine Kidd said outside court she was satisfied with the sentence, particularly the judge's decision not to grant a discharge as requested by the defence.

"This is a situation where we're catching up to the times," Kidd said.

"Unfortunately, I think we're going to see more and more of these kinds of cases. The decision not to impose a discharge -- considering the impact it could have on other victims -- the Crown is quite satisfied with that."

Murphy set a $1,500 fine for the offence and a $450 victim surcharge.

Source: CTV News

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03-31-2015 Science&Technology
China Appears to Attack GitHub by Diverting Web Traffic

The Chinese government has long used a sophisticated set of Internet filters known as the Great Firewall as a barrier to prevent its citizens from obtaining access to foreign websites with information it deems threatening.

But in a recent series of cyberattacks on websites that try to help Internet users in China circumvent this censorship, the Great Firewall appears to have been used instead as a weapon, diverting a portion of the torrents of Internet traffic that flow through it to overload targeted websites.

In doing so, the Chinese government is taking advantage of and damaging one of China’s own Internet companies: Baidu. The attacks appear to hijack ad and analytics traffic intended for Baidu, China’s largest search company, and then send that traffic to smaller websites in what is known as a distributed denial of service or DDoS attack. The huge flow of traffic has the effect of crashing the sites.

The aggressive new strategy shows vividly how Beijing is struggling to balance its desire to control the flow of information online with the aim of encouraging the growth of its tech sector.

The main target of the recent barrage is GitHub, a popular website that acts as a library of code for programmers. While it is an indispensable tool to tech companies in China, it also hosts several pages that enable users to view sites blocked in the country.

Because GitHub is fully encrypted, China’s domestic web filters cannot distinguish between pages that host code useful to programmers and code that circumvents censorship. In 2013, when the government fully blocked GitHub, it caused an outcry among China’s many computer engineers, leading to the site’s subsequent unblocking.

The new attacks take more of a siege approach, hitting the site with a costly and difficult-to-manage barrage of traffic in the hopes it will remove two pages, one with code from — a nonprofit organization that runs mirrors of blocked sites including Google, the BBC and The New York Times — and another that hosts links to mirror sites of the Chinese version of The New York Times.

The New York Times declined to comment on the attacks.

“This is a huge problem for free expression,” said Lokman Tsui, an assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He added that these attacks could lead sites like GitHub to decide it is too much trouble to host content deemed problematic by China.

“This is a message to the people who maintain GitHub: Either you kick out GreatFire and The New York Times, or we’ll keep this up,” said Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at the security firm F-Secure.

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Source: The New York Times

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03-31-2015 Health
Coffee may lower liver cancer risk, study says

Drinking coffee regularly can significantly lower your risk of liver cancer, the World Cancer Research Fund claims in its new report.

The finding, included in WCRF's Liver Cancer 2015 report, are based on the analysis of some 34 scientific studies -- research comprising health data from more than eight million men and women and 24,600 cases of liver cancer.

"The evidence for coffee was generally consistent, and the dose-response meta-analysis showed a significant decreased risk of liver cancer per one cup per day," the 52-page report says.

"Both coffee and coffee extracts have also been shown to reduce the expression of genes involved in inflammation, and the effects appear to be most pronounced in the liver," it said.

The study's authors warn that more research is needed since the majority of tests were conducted on animals, "although some human studies contribute to the evidence."

The survey also found that higher exposure to aflatoxins and consumption of aflatoxin-contaminated foods are convincing causes of liver cancer. Aflatoxins are toxins produced by mold.

The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that about 1 in 131 Canadian men is expected to develop liver cancer during his lifetime and 1 in 234 will die from it.

Source: Toronto Sun

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03-31-2015 Science&Technology
Cyber attack hits Fairleigh Dickinson; Rutgers works to restore internet service

As Rutgers University works to recover from a weekend cyber attack, Fairleigh Dickinson University officials confirm that a similar attack shut down the university's own computer network Saturday.

Dina Schipper, director of university public relations, confirmed that the university was hit with a denial of service attack on Saturday. Both the Teaneck and Florsham Park campuses were affected, Schipper said.

A denial of service occurs when a user directs other computers on their network to contact a specific computer server or website. The flood of traffic can slow internet service, and sometimes cause it to shut down completely.

According to an email notice sent to campus users by Brian Domenick, Fairleigh Dickinson director of information systems and technology, the university was alerted to the attack Saturday morning by reports of slowdowns in internet service.

Campus internet service shut down completely before eventually being restored at 11:45 Saturday evening, said the email. "During this attack all systems with sensitive data were unaffected, no non-public information was even potentially made available," Domenick wrote.

According to the email, university officials worked with "multiple external parties" to identify the cause of the slowdown. On Monday, Schipper could not immediately say whether those parties included law enforcement, or whether university officials had identified the source of the attack.

The attack against Fairleigh Dickinson came on the heels of a similar computer network issue at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Via twitter, Rutgers officials said Monday morning that the university is still working to recover following a denial of service attack that crippled internet service at the university over the weekend.

In an Sunday email released to students, Rutgers University Chief Information Officer Don Smith wrote the service interruptions were due to a distributed denial of service attack that began on Friday, March 27.

The university has not detected any thefts of personal or confidential information, Smith wrote.

The university did not immediately respond Monday to requests for additional comment.


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03-31-2015 Business
Test Drive: 2016 Mazda6

The Mazda6 was all new in model year 2014 and for 2016 no major changes have been made – just a revised front bumper and grille plus the addition of LED lighting, heated outboard rear seats and a front passenger seat height adjuster.

Then again, why mess with the midsize sedan that had been named 2014 Best New Family Car (over $30,000) and 2014 Car of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada?

These thoughtful changes have only helped make the 2016 Mazda6 an even better car. Not perfect, but close. Darn close.

Mazda 6 has what it takes to be a superior family sedan: a spacious trunk (419 litres), roomy seats fore and aft, predictable handling, a smooth, quiet ride and an array of safety features from ABS and dynamic stability control to six airbags.

Mazda6 also has what it takes to be an athletic, fun-to-drive sedan, with a driver-selectable setting that allows you to change the suspension setting from normal to sport.

Prices start at $24,695 and top out at $35,695. At our as-tested GT trim level Mazda6 is well equipped with leather seating surfaces, 8-way power driver seat, voice activated touchscreen navigation, power moonroof, etc. The only options on our tester are to be found in the $2,800 Technology Package and include SiriusXM satellite radio, smart city brake support, forward obstruction warning, radar-based adaptive cruise control, high beam control, lane departure warning and i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration.

In cold weather I might complain that there’s no heated steering wheel, but that’s offset by the always-appreciated head-up display that allows you to keep your eyes on the road straight ahead. Also appreciated is the easy-to-operate adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and rear cross-traffic alert.

Power is provided by a 2.5L inline 4 with direct injection and SkyActiv technology that burns regular unleaded gasoline. The 184-hp engine is connected to a SkyActiv 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Even with optional i-eloop regenerative braking, which stores otherwise wasted energy in a capacitor to help power electrical accessories, my fuel economy hasn’t been all that impressive. Mazda says I should be getting 8.5L/100 km in city driving, but my combined highway/city fuel economy is just 8.9L/100 km.

Our test car’s well-crafted two-tone leather interior is functional and spacious with user friendly controls. A large, console-mounted knob operates phone, navigation and audio system tuning. A separate knob controls the audio system’s on-off switch and volume settings. Dash-mounted knobs regulate the climate control system.

I have only two complaints about the interior: there are no water or oil temperature gauges and the front cupholders are too deep for those of us who like smaller sizes of takeout.

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Source: Autonet

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03-30-2015 General
Air Canada AC624 passengers speak about ordeal

Here's what some of the 133 passengers on Air Canada flight 624 said after the plane crashed at Halifax early Sunday.

Karim Marzouk:

"Heads were down. It was the force you’d expect during a roller coaster, something you’re total incapable of controlling. You’re just being thrown around."

"We saw sparks coming from the left-hand side of the plane, from the wingspan, from the engine. Something was wrong. That was immediately followed by a sudden slam into the ground. This was extremely forceful. At that point you’re thinking this is it. This is the end."

"I was sitting immediately adjacent to the emergency exit. As soon as the plane stopped, my first instinct was to grab for the handle and open up the door. I didn’t wait for any instructions … I’m not going to wait on this plane to find out what happens next."

"As soon as we slid down the emergency slide, I could smell what I thought was fuel [and saw] some liquid dripping from the tail end of the plane. At that point we’re thinking the worse. We didn’t look back — we just started running on the tarmac as far away as we could."

"There were people with facial injuries, potentially broken noses, lacerations on the face. Some people were also complaining of arm and shoulder injuries."

Dominique Stettler:

"We just scraped along the runway for what seemed like an eternity. I actually looked at the man next to me and grabbed his hand, because I honestly thought it was going to be my last moment on Earth."

Mike Magnus:

"We were coming in pretty hard. I don't think the captain realized how bad the weather was down here. We could see land, but then it seemed something happened. It appears we clipped the power line and all hell broke loose. It looks like the engine snapped off and we slid for a while. Thankfully we're all alive."

"A lot of screaming and people — well, what do you expect? It was a plane crash. Babies crying. I stayed and helped a lot of people off the plane."

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Source: CBC News

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03-30-2015 Politics
100,000 tweets A DAY from ISIS

100,000 tweets A DAY from ISIS: How jihadist's social media terror network is the 'most significant challenge' to Europe's security

  • Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, says social media a huge problem
  • ISIS is known to use it to recruit fighters and so-called 'jihadi brides'
  • Urged firms like Twitter to help authorities help stem the terrorist threat

Jihadis are sending up to 100,000 Twitter messages a day to plot terrorism, Europe’s police chief has warned.

In a chilling account of how IS is exploiting technology, Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol and ex-MI5 officer, urged social media firms to help authorities stem the terrorist threat, saying that encrypted communications were the ‘most significant challenge’ to tackling terrorism.

IS is known to use encrypted tweets to recruit fighters and ‘jihadi brides’, including the three British girls who fled to Syria earlier this year.

Saying that IS has 50,000 Twitter accounts, Mr Wainwright told a BBC radio investigation: ‘We’ve built our counter-terrorist capability in recent years very much on the basis of being able to monitor their communications.

'As the communications of terrorist networks and criminal groups have moved increasingly [online], it’s opened up a whole new wave of problems for us even in the open internet, let alone the Darknet.’

His comments follow a report last year into the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, which found that Facebook had failed to pass on information that could have prevented his death.

Source: Mail Online

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03-30-2015 Science&Technology
Faster, more impressive 3D printers on the horizon

An Australian company has developed a new 3D printing system capable of producing resin objects in a matter of mere minutes, compared to the several hours it takes traditional 3D printers.

After impressing the tech world with a demo of its prototype, Gizmo 3D is planning to sell its innovative printers through Kickstarter later this year. Unlike a traditional 3D printer, which builds objects from the bottom up, Gizmo 3D's new system prints objects by layering liquid resin from the top down. The system uses the same Direct Light Processing (DLP) technology seen in other 3D printers, but in an entirely new way, fusing the liquid resin into a solid form in one continuous step rather than pausing between each layer. In a video published online, the technique prints objects measuring 5x3 inches in just six minutes. Gizmo 3D plans to sell three different-sized printers on Kickstarter starting in September 2015 at prices ranging from $2,500 for the GiziMate to $6,000 for the GiziMax. Despite the buzz surrounding 3D printing, the technology has so far been too slow and expensive to have a significant impact on manufacturing. But recent strides in developing faster, more efficient techniques could change this. Just ahead of Gizmo 3D's demo, the American start-up Carbon3D presented another remarkably rapid system at a Vancouver TED conference. The brand's prototype uses resin, oxygen and laser light to print objects up to 100 times faster than a classic 3D printer. The new technology is dubbed CLIP (Continuous Liquid Interface Production), and Carbon3D aims to make it available in printers about one year from now.

Source: CTV News

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03-30-2015 Entertainment
Spotify Launches for PlayStation 4 on May 30

PlayStation 4 users will unfortunately have to wait two more months to gain access to the popular Spotify music streaming service.

According to Tweets made by PlayStation France, Spotify will become part of Sony’s new music platform PlayStation Music on May 30. Once launched, PlayStation 4 users will be able to access their Spotify playlists and stream music directly through their console.

The app will be available through both its free and premium membership, giving Sony’s consumer-base the option to stick with the free version if they so please.

Spotify is also due for release on the PlayStation 3 and Xperia smartphones and tablets. However, Sony’s announcement doesn’t clarify whether we can expect the music streaming service to roll out on these devices on the same day it lands on the PlayStation 4.

Sony’s current music platform Music Unlimited service will shutdown tomorrow on March 29 to make way for the new PlayStation Music platform. Sony has previously mentioned that PlayStation Music will be available in forty-one markets at launch, including UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Source: SegmentNext

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03-26-2015 General
Audio extracted from black box; 2nd recorder missing

Officials investigating the crash of a German airliner that killed 150 people have been able to extract critical audio data from one badly damaged black box but have not yet found the second box that is missing among the five acres of debris at the site high in the Alps.

"The accident site is difficult to reach. (Five acres) is a lot but not immense. If we go through it carefully, we will find the (other) recorder. Those are designed to withstand serious crashes," said Remi Jouty, director of France's aviation investigative agency.

Asked if there was any indication from the "usable audio" from the cockpit recorder, he said it was too soon to even determine whether the captain or the co-pilot is speaking.

He denied reports that a second box — or parts of it — had been found. French President Francois Hollande, speaking earlier, said the outer frame of the second box had been located but not the main section.

"We have not located the black box," Jouuty insisted, when asked about the president's statement. "We have not found any debris of the black box and in the history of air accidents, we know of boxes that are very damaged, but I don't remember any recorder broken into pieces."

The second box would provide electronic data from the Germanwings plane that went down in mountainous terrain Tuesday while en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

Two Americans were among the 150 people killed aboard the Airbus A320. The victims also included 72 Germans and 35 Spaniards. There were two victims each from Australia, Argentina, Iran and Venezuela. One each came from Britain, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Belgium, Morocco and Israel.

Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of Germanwings, said the list of victims is not complete because the airline is trying to contact relatives of 27 victims. He also said that the nationality of some victims is unclear, partly because of dual nationality.

Among the passengers aboard the flight were two infants, two opera singers and 16 German high school students. It was the deadliest crash in France in decades.

The two Americans were identified as Yvonne Selke, an employee with Booz Allen Hamilton for nearly 23 years, and her daughter, Emily Selke, from Nokesville, Va.

"Our entire family is deeply saddened by the losses of Yvonne and Emily Selke," the family said in a statement. "Two wonderful, caring, amazing people who meant so much to so many. At this difficult time we respectfully ask for privacy and your prayers."

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03-26-2015 General
Germanwings plane crash: What we know so far

Families are grieving. Flight crews are in despair and disbelief. Entire countries are in mourning.

That much is clear. But much else about Germanwings Flight 9525 -- which crashed Tuesday in the southern French Alps -- is not.

In the hours after the Airbus 320 went down, German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded, "We don't know much about the flight and the crash yet. And we don't know the cause."

That was still true a day later. But some blanks are starting to be filled, such as exactly who was on the commercial airliner, how close authorities are to finding their remains and where investigators are in their probe.

Here's the key information that's available so far, and the big questions that remain.

The flight

Flight 9525 -- operated by Germanwings, a low-cost division of Lufthansa -- took off at 10:01 a.m. (5:01 a.m. ET) Tuesday from Barcelona, Spain, bound for Dusseldorf, Germany, with 144 passengers and six crew members aboard. Its takeoff was delayed by 26 minutes from its scheduled departure time because air traffic controllers didn't give permission to the plane to start its engines earlier and because of a small delay in the takeoff rotation, Lufthansa said.

According to Germanwings, the plane reached its cruising altitude of 38,000 feet at 10:45 a.m., and then descended for eight minutes. The plane lost contact with French radar at 10:53 at an altitude of about 6,000 feet, the airline said.

The aircraft crashed shortly before 11 a.m. in a remote area near Digne-les-Bains in the Alpes de Haute Provence region. All aboard are presumed dead.

French national police provided a slightly different timeline, saying that the plane began to descend around 10:31 a.m. The police said French air traffic controllers sent out a warning 4 minutes later.

The big question: Why did it crash?

The final moments

In short, the plane descended, lost contact with French radar and crashed.

Air traffic controllers sent out a distress call after radio contact with the plane was lost.

The plane's crew, however, didn't issue a distress call, according to the French Civil Aviation Authority. Still, CNN aviation analyst David Soucie said that he believes the pilot "was definitely aviating and navigating, from what we can tell."

As to what caused this all to happen, authorities haven't said much.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told CNN affiliate BFMTV on Wednesday, "We cannot completely rule out terrorism, but it is not considered the most likely explanation at the moment."

Cazeneuve added, "We need to let the investigation do its work."

The big question: What happened on board, including in the cockpit, during those crucial last minutes?

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03-24-2015 Tourism
New Saudi megaport aims to snatch Dubai freight business

A new megaport at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Economic City aims to take business away from Dubai's Jebel Ali by offering a quicker and cheaper service.

Officials behind the KAEC, one of four new cities approve by the late monarch King Abdullah said freight destined for Riyadh will be shipped directly to the new port instead of Dubai where it currently goes.

"At the moment lots of products destined for Riyadh are shipped to Dubai, but that will change. They'll be shipped here as it is cheaper - and can be delivered more quickly within the kingdom," said Rayan Bukhari, a manager at the King Abdullah port in comments published by the BBC.

At 70 sq miles KAEC will eventually be a metropolis slightly larger than Washington DC.

"We aim to create one of the world's largest ports," he told the BBC, adding: "We're not competing with Jeddah's Islamic port - but we are going to take business away from Jebel Ali in Dubai. That's because of our quicker, more automated offloading and customs procedure."

The King Abdullah Port is just part of the KAEC story. Encircling the port is the city’s Industrial Valley, while further afield are areas set aside for residential communities, tech clusters, universities, hospitals and so on.

On the eastern side of the city will be its second major link to the outside world, the Haramain Station. When that is opened, the city will become one of four stops on Saudi Arabia’s latest high-speed rail network, linking the megaproject with Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah.

The government has set up an Economic Cities Authority overseeing all four megacities and dealing with every licence, construction permit and approval needed from different ministries.

So far only 15 percent of the city has been developed - industrial estates, residential districts and public facilities are currently under construction.

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No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country
1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 The Wall Street Journal / United States
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The People's Daily / China 7 The Daily Telegraph / United Kingdom 8 USA Today / United States
9 Los Angeles Times / United States 10 El Mundo / Spain 11 La Repubblica / Italy 12 The Times of India / India
13 Bild / Germany 14 Corriere della Sera / Italy 15 The Examiner / United States 16 The Independent / United Kingdom
17 El País / Spain 18 The Financial Times / United Kingdom 19 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia 20 Daily News / United States
21 Chicago Tribune / United States 22 Le Monde / France 23 Marca / Spain 24 Hürriyet / Turkey
25 Die Welt / Germany 26 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 27 The Sun / United Kingdom 28 New York Post / United States
29 The Age / Australia 30 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 31 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 32 The Washington Times / United States
33 Die Zeit / Germany 34 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 35 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand 36 The Onion / United States
37 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 38 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 39 The Chicago Sun-Times / United States 40 Al-Ahram / Egypt
41 Le Figaro / France 42 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 43 The Hindu / India 44 Houston Chronicle / United States
45 The Seattle Times / United States 46 Libération / France 47 The Globe and Mail / Canada 48 De Standaard / Belgium
49 The Irish Times / Ireland 50 The Toronto Star / Canada 51 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 52 Mercury News / United States
53 The Australian / Australia 54 The Denver Post / United States 55 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 56 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea
57 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 58 Aftonbladet / Sweden 59 Kommersant / Russia 60 Bangkok Post / Thailand
61 Star Tribune / United States 62 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 63 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 64 Dawn / Pakistan
65 El Universal / Mexico 66 The Miami Herald / United States 67 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 68 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India
69 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States 70 Sports Nippon / Japan 71 L'Equipe / France 72 Die Presse / Austria
73 Detroit Free Press / United States 74 Neue Zürcher Zeitung / Switzerland 75 Clarín / Argentina 76 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
77 The Sacramento Bee / United States 78 China Daily / China 79 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 80 AS / Spain
81 The Baltimore Sun / United States 82 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany 83 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 84 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan
85 Boston Herald / United States 86 The Dallas Morning News / United States 87 The Times / United Kingdom 88 Newsday / United States
89 Orlando Sentinel / United States 90 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 91 Taipei Times / Taiwan 92 The Hindustan Times / India
93 The Economic Times / India 94 Kompas / Indonesia 95 The Observer / United Kingdom 96 Jornal de Notícias / Portugal
97 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 98 ABC / Spain 99 Le Soir / Belgium 100 The Kansas City Star / United States

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