Global security meeting to be held in February in US
US Attorney General Eric Holder, who is attending international terror talks in Paris, announced on Sunday that a global high-level anti-terrorism meeting will be held in Washington on February 18. According to Holder, President Obama will invite US allies to take part. The talks in Paris follow a series of attacks in France this week in which 17 people were killed.
German suspected ISIS militant arrested returning from Syria
A German citizen, who is suspected of ties with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) extremists, was arrested on Saturday, German federal prosecutors said in a statement. He returned from Syria some months ago, where he spent almost a year. He will go before a judge on Sunday. At least 550 German citizens have joined IS militants in Iraq and Syria, officials say.
Shanghai cancels Lunar New Year lantern festival after deadly stampede
Shanghai authorities said they were canceling their famous Lunar New Year lantern festival after a deadly stampede during a New Year’s celebration left 36 people dead. The festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year and marks the last day of the lunar New Year festivities.
Chinese ‘air rage’ passengers open emergency exits amid flight delay
Two Chinese passengers, upset over a lengthy flight delay, opened emergency exit doors as the plane was taxiing, forcing the pilots to abort takeoff, AP reported. The incident occurred on Saturday morning in the southwestern city of Chengdu, after the China Eastern flight was delayed by a snow storm. After irritated passengers complained about the delay, a man surnamed Zhou opened two emergency exits, forcing the aircraft back to the gate. A total of 25 passengers were temporarily detained for questioning while the others continued on to Beijing on a separate flight. Kunming police said in an online statement that Zhou and a tour guide named Li were placed on a 15-day "administrative detention" for the violation of air safety rules.
Strong signals detected from AirAsia black boxes
Strong signals have been detected from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 black box recorders, Indonesian authorities said. “The ping was detected about 1km east of the tail,” Mr S.B Supriyadi, director with the National Search and Rescue Agency, told AFP, adding that on the sea floor a sonar scan found an object measuring 10m by 4m by 2.5m. "They suspect it is the body of the plane. There is a big possibility that the black box is near the body of the plane," Supriyadi told Reuters. A diving operation has started to retrieve the data.
More than 20 killed as bus veers off cliff in Peru
More than 20 people died as a result of a bus swerving off a cliff in Peru. The driver struggled to make a sharp turn at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level and the bus plunged into a 100-meter-deep ravine, killing 23 and injuring a further 30 people. The incident took place at 14:00 local time in the south-east of the country, on a road connecting the Santa Barbara and Sicuani districts. According to AFP, local law enforcement says that weather conditions could have contributed to the accident, as well as the poor state of the country roads.