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Singapore Airlines passenger jet catches fire on runway; no injuries reported

Hundreds of passengers aboard a Milan-bound red-eye flight got the scare of their lives Monday when the jet turned back due to engine problems and then burst into flames on the runway in Singapore. All 241 passengers and crew survived the harrowing ordeal aboard the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777, but not without heart-stopping drama in

Libertarianism and the Proper Meaning of Patriotism

Daniel J. Mitchell  Since we’re enjoying a long holiday weekend to celebrate the 4th of July, let’s take a moment to ponder patriotism. I’ve always been inspired (in more ways than one) by this t-shirt. My patriotism is for American principles, not the federal government. Indeed, I’m very proud that a Clinton Administration official once

America: Land of the œMostly Free

Michael Schaus  America. Home of the brave, and land of the “mostly” free. At least that’s the takeaway from the recent Index of Economic Freedom. For twenty years the Heritage Foundation has ranked the economic freedom of nations across the globe, and America has been slipping from the top. While much of the rest of

Missing Flight 370 Raises Need for Closer Cooperation

 Flight 370, which vanished almost three months ago, showcases the need for nations to collaborate more on sharing information about aviation, Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said. Countries already share information about ships to prevent piracy and hijacking, Ng said in an interview yesterday. “Is there capacity for collaboration? I think certainly very much

End Crony Capitalism, Sell Federal Land, Limit Tax Breaks for the Rich

Michael Barone  Gummit don’t work good. That conclusion, often that inelegantly expressed, seems to be more and more common, not only in the United States but around the world. It is certainly the verdict of John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge in their new book “The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State,” although

Thai Military Declares Martial Law, Seeks to Quell Protests

 Thailand’s army imposed martial law nationwide after months of political turmoil that brought down an elected leader and tipped the economy into a contraction. The move is not a coup and people should not be concerned, Army Chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha said on local television. The military is seeking to restore order and asks political groups

Six Weeks and Still Nothing in Search for Missing Plane

 Investigators are preparing to widen the seabed scan for missing Malaysian Air Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean after family members frustrated by a lack of information detained airline employees sent to meet with them. An unmanned submarine started its 14th mission today after being pulled from the water the previous day to fix a