Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. EDT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as “an extra safety precaution” following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed. Ethiopia marks a day of mourning as the search for remains and key aircraft data begins for a second day. People from 35 countries were killed. Families “are in shock like we are,” one official says. “They are grieving.”
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian Airlines crash has claimed the lives of 157 people from all over the world. Thirty-two of the victims were from Kenya, 18 were from Canada and 8 were from China. Four victims were from Slovakia, including the wife and two children of a lawmaker of Slovak Parliament. Eight Americans died in the crash.
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — An Indonesian woman held two years on suspicion of killing the North Korean leader’s half brother has been freed after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Siti Aisyah cried and hugged her co-defendant before leaving the courtroom. Doan Thi Huong’s lawyers will seek postponement of her trial. The women had been the only suspects in custody after Kim Jong Nam was killed by VX nerve agent in 2017.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget documents like the one President Donald Trump is releasing Monday are often seen as just a starting point of negotiation. Fresh off the longest government shutdown in history, Trump’s 2020 proposal shows he is eager to confront Congress again to boost defense spending and cut $2.7 trillion in nondefense spending over a decade. That document proposes increasing defense spending to $750 billion as a military branch while reducing nondefense accounts by 5 percent.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is visiting Iraq, seeking to boost ties between the two neighboring states and possibly secure Iraq’s help in bypassing U.S. sanctions the Trump administration re-imposed last year. Much has changed since the 1980s, when Saddam Hussein invaded Iran, sparking an eight-year war. Iran was a key Iraq ally in the battle against the Islamic State group and now is looking to increase the roughly $13 billion volume in trade between them.