Taiwan's EVA Airways signed a deal on Tuesday worth more than $6 billion for 26 Boeing jetliners, making it the island's biggest ever single commercial plane purchase. The Taiwanese carrier will buy 18 787-10 Dreamliners -- Boeing's most recent model in its family of long-haul jets -- and two 777-300ER (extended-range) aircraft. The agreement also gives EVA Airways the option to buy six more 787s.
By Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Wednesday for ethnic and religious reconciliation at the start of his first tour of Africa, where he will address a fast-growing Catholic population and seek to heal Christian-Muslim divisions. The trip will see the head of the Catholic Church travel to Kenya and Uganda, both victim of Islamist militant attacks, and the Central African Republic, a country torn apart by Muslim-Christian strife. In a speech delivered shortly after arriving in Kenya, the pope urged world leaders to pursue responsible economic development and to protect nature for future generations.
A deadly air strike on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital was "caused primarily by human error", the US commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday, promising disciplinary action as he detailed a US investigation into the catastrophic attack. The "tragic but avoidable accident (was) caused primarily by human error," General John Campbell told reporters at NATO headquarters in Kabul, adding those most closely associated with the incident had been suspended from their duties. The Special Operations AC-130 gunship aircraft hit the hospital instead of a nearby Afghan intelligence compound that was thought to have been commandeered by Taliban fighters during their brief capture of the northern provincial capital, he said.