10 January 2015

Crashed AirAsia's tail hoisted from sea in search for boxes

An Indonesian rescue helicopter flies as Indonesian navy divers conduct search operations for AirAsia Flight 8501 on the Java Sea, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Underwater ping-like sounds were heard Friday in an area where searchers are scouring the Java Sea for the crashed AirAsia plane, but it was unclear if they were coming from the all-important black boxes, an official said.
Investigators searching for the crashed AirAsia plane's black boxes lifted the tail portion of the jet out of the Java Sea on Saturday, two weeks after it went down, killing all 162 people on board.
It was not immediately clear whether the cockpit voice and flight data recorders were still inside the tail or had detached when the Airbus A320 plummeted into the sea Dec. 28. Their recovery is essential to finding out why it crashed.

AP PHOTOS: French security forces end 3 days of terror

In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, an injured person is transported to an ambulance after a shooting, at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 12 people before escaping, police and a witness said. French police hunted down the two heavily armed brothers suspected in the massacre on Friday.
In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, an injured person is transported to an ambulance after a shooting, at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 12 people before escaping, police and a witness said. French police hunted down the two heavily armed brothers suspected in the massacre on Friday.  

Biographical information on Sri Lanka's Sirisena

Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena gets his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his vote at a polling station in Polonnaruwa, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Monitors on Thursday expressed concerns that voters are being prevented from casting their ballots in some parts of Sri Lanka in an election where President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces a fierce political battle after Sirisena, his onetime ally, suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him.
NAME: Maithripala Sirisena (pronounced my-three-PA'-la si-ri-SAY'-na)
AGE-BIRTHPLACE: 63. Born in the village of Yagoda, north of Colombo, but moved in the 1950s with his family to the farming district of Polonnaruwa under a government agriculture development project.