Child Brides in Turkey


40% of girls under the age of 18 in Turkey are forced into marriage, according to Turkish Philanthropy Funds. In January 2018, a government body under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s jurisdiction suggested that, according to Islamic law, girls as young

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85 injured, 2 critically, after Aeromexico plane crashes at airport, officials say


JULIA JACOBO
Good Morning America
Passenger jet with 97 passengers, 4 crew on board crashes in Mexico

Eighty-five people have been injured after an Aeromexico flight crashed while en route to Mexico City, according to government officials.

Flight 2431 was taking off at the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in the northwest Mexican state of Durango Tuesday afternoon when it crashed, according to Durango state Gov. José Rosas Aispuro Torres.

There have been no reported deaths following the crash, according to Aeromexico and the Durango governor.

“It is confirmed that there were no deaths following the accident of flight Aeromexico 2431,” Aispuro Torres wrote on Twitter. “At this moment on behalf of the cabinet, led by Coordinator Rosario Castro, to attend to the injured and cooperate with airport authorities with what has occurred.”

Two passengers were injured critically, Fernando Rios, a spokesperson for Durango’s State Coordination of Civil Protection said on Mexican television.

The Durango governor said a gust of wind hit the plane shortly after take-off, which caused the jet to lose speed and hit the ground with its left wing, The Associated Press reported. The plane skidded into a field horizontally, which allowed for the escape slides to be activated, freeing the passengers and crew before they caught on fire, the governor told the AP.

The plane’s pilot is in serious condition with burns, he said.

PHOTO: An accident has been reported at the Guadalupe Victoria Airport in Durango, Mexico. There are no official figures on injured or deceased. (Durango Civil Protection)
PHOTO: An accident has been reported at the Guadalupe Victoria Airport in Durango, Mexico. There are no official figures on injured or deceased. (Durango Civil Protection)
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“[We] shouldn’t have been flying, bro,” passenger Juan Rivera told ABC News. “We started picking up speed and then it started getting windier. She tried to pick up, then went back down. That happened like three times, bro. And then the third time we bounced we hit like a barrier.”

Everyone who was on board the plane have been sent to local hospitals, a Durango Civil Protection spokesperson said. Some survivors were able to walk away from the crash to a nearby road.

“The scene that we can see here is approximately 1 kilometer from the end of the runway. We can say that the airplane was not even able to take off at the moment it was forced to land. We do not know if it was a mechanical failure,” Durango Civil Protection spokesperson Alejandro Cardoza said on Mexican television.

One person injured in the accident was the Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Archdiocese of Chicago said in a statement obtained by ABC News. He was “alert and resting,” the diocese said, adding, “We pray for Fr. Sanchez and everyone affected by this plane crash.”

PHOTO: The Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez was injured in the crash but 'alert' and 'resting,' according to the Archdiocese of Chicago. (New World Publications via Archdiocese of Chicago)
PHOTO: The Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez was injured in the crash but ‘alert’ and ‘resting,’ according to the Archdiocese of Chicago. (New World Publications via Archdiocese of Chicago)
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The plane was taking off when it tried to abort the takeoff due to bad weather, but it was too late, Aispuro Torres told reporters. The plane went down after the runway ended, Aispuro Torres said.

Weather reports showed scattered storms in the area at the time of the accident.

PHOTO: An accident has been reported at the Guadalupe Victoria Airport in Durango, Mexico. There are no official figures on injured or deceased. (Durango Civil Protection)
PHOTO: An accident has been reported at the Guadalupe Victoria Airport in Durango, Mexico. There are no official figures on injured or deceased. (Durango Civil Protection)
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Aeromexico wrote on Twitter Wednesday just after 5 p.m. ET that it was aware of an “accident” in the northwest Mexican state of Durango.

In the Person of Jesus, the Mystery of God Descends from the Mountain


In his new book, An Immovable Feast, Tyler Blanski employs a metaphor that captures what is exceptional about Christianity’s claim to truth. Blanski suggests that some people might think of all world religions as attempts to scale a proverbial mountain atop which is the true God. All religions, according to this perspective, claim to be …

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