Dutch report More info needed on flying over conflict zones

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch safety watchdog says airlines around the world need more and better information to make risk assessments about flying over conflict zones.The Dutch Safety Board issued a report Thursday following up on its publication in 2015 of a probe into the cause of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over war-ravaged eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. That report concluded that the plane was shot down by a Buk missile launched from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels.The board says progress has been made since the downing of MH17 in sharing information about potential risks of flying over conflicts, but more needs to be done.It says “very few changes relating to airspace management by nations dealing with armed conflict within their territories have been made.”The Associated Press read more

Sri Lanka Mirror journalists arrested

Several employees of the Sri Lanka Mirror website including some journalists were arrested following a raid by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) this afternoon.The CID earlier raided the office of the Sri Lanka Mirror website and the house of journalist Ruwan Ferdinandez, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera said. He said that plain clothed officers were involved in the raid on the Kotte office of the website and they checked the computers and documents in the office. Subsequently some computers were seized for further investigations. The purpose of the raid was not yet known.CID officers had also visited the Narahempita home of Ferdinand. The CID officers had said that they carried out the raid based on a court order, the UNP MP said. read more