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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Why is a “black box” orange?

March 26th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

The search for Malaysia Flight 370 is not over yet.

The U.S. is sending special ships to locate the flight's data recorder, or "black box.”

Black boxes aren't actually black, they're orange, to make them easier to spot in wreckage. They record things like altitude, air speed and audio while a flight is in the air.

To help rescuers find them, they send out a homing signal for up to 30 days after a crash, which can be detected even when 4,000 metres underwater.

On the various challenges search crews looking for the Malaysia Airlines plane are facing, Max spoke to David Gallo.  He’s an oceanographer who helped in the search for the Titanic and co-led the search for the missing Air France Flight 447.

Gallo said the search would be getting "tougher by the day,” and highlighted some of the difficult conditions in the area – including whirlpools, bad weather, and the depth of the sea.


Filed under:  Asia

Egyptian court sentences 528 people to death after mass trials

March 26th, 2014
03:53 PM ET

On Monday, an Egyptian court sentenced at least 528 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death on charges related to violent riots last August, including the murder of a police officer.

Egyptian news site Ahram Online said it was the largest set of death sentences handed to defendants in the modern history of Egypt.

Another 683 people are also facing charges, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohammed Badie.

To find out what these mass trials mean for the future of Egypt, Max spoke to Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Abdullah El-Haddad, and political analyst and journalist Ashraf Khalil.

In El-Haddad's opinion the judiciary were not acting independently. He said that the trial was "just a kangaroo court,” and that the speed with which the verdict was delivered – after two sessions of twenty minutes each – indicated this. He also pointed out that, in comparison, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's trial had 48 sessions and took more than two years.

Khalil said that it is still unclear whether this result was influenced by the state's leadership, or whether it was an example of the Egyptian judiciary "pursuing its own agenda.”

In relation to what this means for the future of the country, El-Haddad said that nothing can be fixed until the current leadership is removed and held accountable for "crimes against humanity.”

Watch the full discussion above.

Text: 528 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in Egypt


Filed under:  Arab Spring • Egypt • Middle East
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