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CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BNO NEWS) — Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie of French oil giant Total was among at least four people killed when his business plane collided with a snowplow while attempting to take off from a Moscow airport, emergency official…

22 injured as severe turbulence hits Mumbai-bound flight

22 injured as severe turbulence hits Mumbai-bound flight

MUMBAI, INDIA (BNO NEWS) — Nearly two dozen people have been injured after severe turbulence hit a Singapore Airlines passenger plane while it was landing in the Indian city of Mumbai, airline officials said on Sunday. Most of the victims were release…

2 Australian men arrested 40 years after triple homicide

2 Australian men arrested 40 years after triple homicide

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (BNO NEWS) — Police in northeastern Australia have arrested two elderly men on suspicion of rape and murder in connection with the disappearance of a Queensland mom and her two young daughters more than 40 years ago, officials anno…

North Korean leader uses cane in first public appearance in 40 days

North Korean leader uses cane in first public appearance in 40 days

By Heidi Pullyard

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (BNO NEWS) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was shown using a cane during a tour of a construction project in the country, state-run media reported on Tuesday, marking his first appearance in public since he disappeared more than three weeks ago due to apparent health issues.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim gave “field guidance” to the newly-built Wisong Scientists Residential District. In photos published along with the article, he appears to be walking with a cane but looked pleased with the newly-built science district. It did not say when the visit took place.

Kim, commenting on the apartments, said they looked “cozy and convenient for settlers” and added, “scientists would not need to bring in anything for living if all flats would have color TV sets, quilts and household articles provided by the party,” he said.

Kim also visited the district’s Natural Energy Institute of the State Academy of Sciences, where he inspected, among other areas, the Health Complex and the solar-heated greenhouse. “Our scientists are patriots who are devoting all their lives to building a rich and powerful nation … It is necessary to project and treat scientists preferentially and always take care of them,” Kim was quoted as saying.

Kim had been out of the public eye for about 40 days, during which he missed several important national events, prompting speculation about the leader’s health and a possible chance in power. A documentary which aired on Korean Central Television (KCTV) last month suggested that Kim was suffering from health issues but provided no details.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unidentified source, previously reported that Kim was believed to be suffering from gout, which runs in Kim’s family. The leader also suffers from hyperuricemia, hyperlipidemia, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, the source claimed. The North has not commented on those reports.

Kim, who was seen walking with a limp in July and August, made his previous public appearance on September 3 along with his wife, Ri Sol-ju.

Kim Jong-un was promoted to Supreme Leader in December 2011 to lead the impoverished and secretive country. It came days after his father, Kim Jong-il, died on December 17, 2011, after suffering an “advanced, acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a heart shock,” while on a train for a “field guidance tour.” Analysts have disputed the official version.

Little is known about Kim Jong-un, who was educated in Switzerland and is believed to be in his late 20s, making him the youngest head of state in the world. He reportedly resembles his father the most and had always been his father’s favorite among his brothers, but the sudden death of Kim Jong-il left the North Korean government with little time to prepare him.

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France’s Jean Tirole wins Economics Nobel for market regulation

France’s Jean Tirole wins Economics Nobel for market regulation

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (BNO NEWS) — French economist Jean Tirole has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of market power and regulation, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Monday, wrapping up this year’s …

Strong earthquake jolts New Zealand’s South Island, no damage

Strong earthquake jolts New Zealand’s South Island, no damage

TUATAPERE, NEW ZEALAND (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake struck off New Zealand’s South Island on Monday afternoon, with light to moderate tremors being felt across the region, seismologists said. There were no reports of damage or casualties and no ts…

UK man arrested after woman, 2 children found dead

UK man arrested after woman, 2 children found dead

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND (BNO NEWS) — A man was arrested Sunday after a woman and two young children were found dead at a house in western England, British police said on early Monday. Details about the circumstances or the causes of their deaths were …

Texas nurse tests positive for Ebola after treating first patient

Texas nurse tests positive for Ebola after treating first patient

DALLAS, TEXAS (BNO NEWS) — A Texas nurse has tested positive for Ebola after an apparent breach in protocol earlier this month while treating a Liberian man who later died of the same disease, U.S. officials confirmed on Sunday, marking the first spre…

Senior officials among 7 dead in Iran plane crash

Senior officials among 7 dead in Iran plane crash

ZAHEDAN, IRAN (BNO NEWS) — A small police aircraft crashed in southeastern Iran on Saturday night, killing all seven people on board, including three senior police officials, state-run news agencies reported on Sunday. A technical failure was said to …

U.S. drones kill 8 in Pakistan’s tribal region as strikes surge

U.S. drones kill 8 in Pakistan’s tribal region as strikes surge

MIRANSHAH, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) — At least eight suspected militants, including a senior al-Qaeda figure and a Pakistani Taliban commander, were killed Saturday when the United States carried out two more airstrikes in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region…