World News: Biden calls Buffalo shooting 'terrorism'
Updated: 2022-05-18 08:37:18 KST
Let's take a look at what's going on in 'The World Now'.
Following the mass shooting in Buffalo on May 14th, U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday called it an act of domestic terrorism.
Biden went on to call white supremacy a poison, adding that such ideology has no place in America.
The U.S. president also condemned the suspect's hateful and racist ideology, referencing the accused gunman's belief that white Americans are being systematically "replaced" by immigrants and minorities.
18-year-old Payton Gendron, allegedly opened fire at a supermarket in a predominantly African-American neighborhood on Saturday, shooting 13 people, 11 of whom were black, and 10 of whom died.
Black box flight data recovered from the China Eastern Airlines jet that crashed in the country's Guangxi region in March, indicates someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the plane.
This according to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the US preliminary assessment.
Reuters meanwhile also cited a western official, who said the investigation's focus is on the crew's actions, no signs of a technical malfunction were found.
The crash saw a Boeing 737-800 jet en route to Guangzhou, slam into mountains after a sudden plunge from cruising altitude, killing all 123 passengers and nine crew.
Meanwhile, Spain's leftist coalition government approved a draft bill to reinforce abortion rights on Tuesday.
The bill also includes a provision for women who suffer from painful periods to take state-funded paid leave, making Spain the first country in Europe to do so if passed.
The new law will also eliminate the parental consent required for women aged 16-17, who wish to terminate their pregnancy, alongside the removal of a three-day mandatory reflection period.
It also includes paid leave for pregnant women from week 39 and guarantees the distribution of free menstrual products at public institutions such as schools and health centers.
Over in the U.S., two senior defense intelligence officials said on Tuesday that the Pentagon is committed to determining the origins of "unidentified aerial phenomena", or UFOs.
Speaking at an intelligence subcommittee at the House of Representatives, they admitted many of the objects have yet to be explained by the government.
Marking the first public U.S. congressional hearing on the topic in 50 years, It comes 11 months after a government report noted over 140 cases of unidentified aerial phenomena, observed since 2004.
Meanwhile, one of the officials said that the number of UAPs officially cataloged by a newly formed Pentagon task force, has grown to 400 cases.
On Tuesday Britain's Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at a ceremony marking the completion of a London Tube line named in her honor.
Joined by her son Edward, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Queen unveiled a completion plaque at Paddington Station.
The Elizabeth Line will connect areas west of London, and will be open to the public on May 24th.
The outing marks the monarch's latest public appearance, after missing a speech in parliament last week, due to health issues.
The 24-billion-US-dollar rail project was originally scheduled to open in December 2018, but saw repeated delays due to safety testing and signaling systems issues.