10 must-reads for today

Relatives mourning next to empty coffins during a memorial service yesterday for victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Relatives mourning next to empty coffins during a memorial service yesterday for victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.PHOTO: REUTERS
A car is stuck in the mud after getting washed away by flash floods in Sentani, in Indonesia's Papua province.
A car is stuck in the mud after getting washed away by flash floods in Sentani, in Indonesia's Papua province. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Jonathan Eyal.
Jonathan Eyal.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on March 10, killing all 157 people on board, was flying at an unusually high speed after take-off, fresh details of the final seconds of the flight showed. The crew then reported problems and asked permission to climb quickly, according to an air traffic control recording of the plane's communications.

New Zealand police now believe the gunman who went on a shooting rampage last Friday, targeting worshippers at two of the country's mosques, may have acted alone. Only the Australian gunman, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, has been charged with murder in connection to the attacks, with the number of dead rising to 50.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe