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A Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore encountered severe turbulence over the Indian Ocean, causing a sudden descent of 6,000 feet in about three minutes. A 73-year-old British man died, possibly from a heart attack, and dozens of passengers were injured, some severely. The Boeing 777, carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew members, was diverted to Bangkok, where it landed in stormy weather. The turbulence occurred as food was being served, resulting in injuries to both passengers and crew. Singapore Airlines and various authorities are providing support to the affected individuals, and an investigation into the incident is underway.

Russia has initiated tactical nuclear weapons drills involving Iskander and Kinzhal missiles in its Southern Military District, which borders Ukraine. These exercises, which also expect participation from Belarus, are seen as a warning to Ukraine’s Western allies, who have been providing military support to Kyiv. The drills aim to ensure readiness for the combat use of non-strategic nuclear weapons and to respond to perceived threats from Western officials. The exercises include loading launch vehicles and preparing bombers, but no test firings have been confirmed. Analysts suggest the drills are a strategic signal to deter further Western involvement in the conflict.

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz fiercely criticized Secretary of State Antony Blinken, accusing the Biden administration of causing significant foreign policy failures, including the wars in Europe and the Middle East. Cruz alleged that the administration’s actions indirectly funded the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel and accused it of appeasing enemies while undermining allies. Blinken denied these claims, asserting that the U.S. has supported Israel and imposed numerous sanctions on Iran. The exchange grew heated as Cruz pressed Blinken on issues like intelligence sharing with Israel and Iran’s increased oil production.

Over 569 metric tons of humanitarian aid have been transported to Gaza via a US-built floating pier, but none has reached Palestinian civilians yet, according to the Pentagon. The aid, intended to alleviate the humanitarian crisis, has faced significant distribution challenges, including looting and interception of trucks by crowds. The Pentagon anticipates that aid distribution will improve in the coming days, conditions permitting. The aid process involves multiple stages, including transport to Cyprus, shipment to the floating pier, and transfer to NGOs for final distribution. Despite the difficulties, the Pentagon remains hopeful that the amount of aid distributed will increase over time.

Vietnam’s top security official, To Lam, was confirmed as the new president by the National Assembly, following his predecessor’s resignation amid an anti-corruption campaign. Lam, who has overseen police and intelligence operations, is seen as a strong contender for the next Communist Party general secretary. His tenure has been marked by significant repression of civil liberties, including the harassment and imprisonment of government critics. The political instability and corruption scandals have unsettled investors and slowed economic growth. Lam’s controversial actions include the abduction of a Vietnamese businessman in Germany, which strained Vietnam-Germany relations.

Multnomah County prosecutor Nathan Vasquez is leading in early election results against incumbent District Attorney Mike Schmidt, with 56% of the vote as of early Wednesday. Vasquez, who has worked in the DA’s office since 2001, is running on a platform of traditional “tough on crime” policies, contrasting with Schmidt’s progressive reforms. The campaign has been highly political and combative, with Vasquez criticizing Schmidt’s handling of public safety and Schmidt highlighting Vasquez’s conservative ties. Both candidates have received significant financial backing and endorsements, reflecting a broader debate on public safety policies. The race is seen as a referendum on the county’s approach to crime and justice over the past four years.

Renowned Sherpa mountain guide Kami Rita set a new record by scaling Mount Everest for the 30th time, completing his second ascent this month. Rita reached the summit at 7:49 a.m. and is in good health, according to expedition organizers. He first climbed Everest in 1994 and has been a vital guide for foreign climbers nearly every year since. Rita’s closest competitor, Pasang Dawa, has 27 successful ascents. This climbing season, over 450 climbers have reached Everest’s summit from the Nepali side, with hundreds of permits issued to foreign climbers and their Sherpa guides.

Air travel often involves turbulence, which can range from light to extreme, and while most flights are safe, severe turbulence can cause injuries or fatalities, as seen in a recent Singapore Airlines incident. Turbulence is caused by factors like storms, mountains, and jet streams, with clear-air turbulence being particularly hard to predict. Although turbulence-related injuries are rare given the high volume of air travel, it remains the leading cause of nonfatal injuries on flights. Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of turbulence, with studies predicting a significant rise in clear-air turbulence in the coming decades. Passengers are advised to wear seatbelts throughout the flight to mitigate the risk of injury.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is considering arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, for alleged war crimes during the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The move has been praised by international law advocates but strongly rebuked by the US and Israel, who accuse the court of antisemitism and deny equivalence between the Israeli government and Hamas. The ICC’s effectiveness in prosecuting these crimes depends on the cooperation of its member states, which do not include Israel or the US. The court has faced challenges in enforcing its warrants, as seen with other leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin. The US’s opposition to the ICC’s actions against Israeli leaders complicates the situation, potentially undermining its stance on human rights and international law.