Chinese home-grown regional jet takes off
BEIJING • China's home-grown regional jet made its first commercial flight yesterday, after years of delays raised questions about the country's ambitious plans for domestically produced planes. Chengdu Airlines flew the ARJ21, manufactured by Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, from its eponymous home base, the capital of the south-western province of Sichuan, to Shanghai with 70 passengers on board.
The inaugural flight was the culmination of a 14-year programme to make China a commercial aircraft manufacturer capable of competing with Boeing and Airbus.
7 charged over death of Italian aid worker
NEW DELHI • Bangladesh police have charged seven people, including a senior opposition official, over the murder of an Italian aid worker last September, an officer said yesterday.
The killing near the capital's diplomatic zone was the first in a wave of attacks to be claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
US confirms N. Korea missile reached space
SEOUL • The United States confirmed on Monday that an intermediate-range ballistic missile fired by North Korea last week reached space and then re-entered Earth's atmosphere, reported Yonhap news agency.
Re-entry technology is viewed as one of the hardest obstacles the North must overcome before developing a nuclear-tipped inter- continental ballistic missile.