February 9, 2020

British Airways flight breaks transatlantic speed record

iStock/Andreas Haas(LONDON) -- A New York-to-London flight landed in the history books Sunday as the fastest subsonic flight across the Atlantic Ocean. British Airways Flight 112 made the trip in 4 hours and 56 minutes -- 17 minutes faster than the previous record made by a Norwegian flight from New York to London, according to the flight tracker blog Flightradar24. The blog said the 747 jet took advantage of a jet stream in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which some pilots are using to increa..
February 9, 2020

The 6,000-mile journey: How scores of Vietnamese migrants are smuggled or trafficked into the UK each year

iStock/Doc_Steele(LONDON) -- Dinh Thi Thanh was just 18 months old when she and her mother left Vietnam in 1989, hoping for a better life abroad. Forsaking an unfaithful husband and their famine-threatened homeland, which was still recovering from decades of war, the mother and child boarded a Japan-bound ship in the Vietnamese port city of Hai Phong, costing them two bars of gold. "My family on my dad's side had asked my mum to leave me behind because I was so young," Thanh, whose name has..
February 9, 2020

2 US and 1 Afghan service members killed, 6 wounded in Afghanistan attack

Cpl. Matthew DeVirgilio/U.S. Army(SHERZAD, Afghanistan) -- The Pentagon identified two U.S. soldiers who were killed in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, along with one Afghan National Army member. The incident is being investigated as a possible insider attack, though no motive has been determined. Six others were wounded in the fight, which took place on Feb. 8 in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province, according to U.S. Forces- Afghanistan. The wounded service members are being tr..
February 9, 2020

Coronavirus death toll hits 812, surpassing SARS fatalities

ABC News(WUHAN, China) -- The death toll from the coronavirus surpassed the number of people who were killed by the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, Chinese health officials said. As of Sunday, 812 people died in China after contracting the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and there are a total of 37,251 confirmed cases in the country. There were 89 coronavirus deaths and 2,657 new confirmed cases reported in the country in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday's update, accordi..