What's Going On Around The World Today?

The cause of the EgyptAir crash still isn't known. Taiwan has sworn in its first female president. And Airbnb is getting sued for racial discrimination.


Debris and personal belongings from the missing EgyptAir flight have been found in the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt’s military says.

Wreckage and a number of personal belongings were found Friday morning about 295 kilometers (roughly 183 miles) off the Egyptian coast, both the airline and Egypt’s army say. The cause of the crash isn’t yet known.

Greece’s defense minister said the plane made two sharp turns and plummeted 20,000 feet before disappearing from radar screens during its flight from Paris to Cairo on Thursday. Here’s what we know so far. (And here are some hoaxes going around.)

The victims

Sixty-six people — 56 passengers and 10 crew members — were on the plane. Among them were: the plane’s captain, Mohamed Shoukair, 36; his co-pilot Mohamed Mamdouh Assem, 24; passenger Ahmed Helal, a plant manager at Procter & Gamble in France; Briton Richard Osman, 41, the father of a 2-year-old daughter; and flight attendant Samar Ezz Eldin, 27. Here’s what we know about the victims.

Taiwan has sworn in its first female president.

Tsai Ing-wen, who has said she’s ready to change the way the island deals with mainland China, led her party to a landslide victory in January, BuzzFeed News’ Hayes Brown reports.

The relationship between Taiwan and mainland China is complicated: Over the years the countries have sunk into an uneasy truce, with the Chinese government maintaining that Taiwan is a part of China, but giving the island some autonomy as long as it doesn’t declare independence.


Airbnb is getting sued for racial discrimination.

Gregory Selden, a black man from Virginia, is suing Airbnb for racial discrimination, saying the $25 billion hospitality company took no action when he was rejected by a would-be host because of his race, BuzzFeed News’ Caroline O’Donovan reports.

Academic research and testimonials on social media shore up Selden’s claim that Airbnb has a discrimination problem. Airbnb says it has policies in place that ban discrimination, and plans to work on technological tools to combat the issue.

Quick things to know:

  • U.S. presidential election: Donald Trump wanted a white-versus-black season of his reality show The Apprentice in 2005. (BuzzFeed News) And Democrat Hillary Clinton said she’ll be her party’s nominee: “That is already done.” (BuzzFeed News)

  • Canada has approved a genetically modified animal — AquAdvantage salmon — for human consumption for the first time. (BuzzFeed News)

  • Several anti-trans hoaxes have gone viral since North Carolina passed its anti-LGBT “bathroom bill” in March. (BuzzFeed News)

  • Roger Federer has withdrawn from the French Open due to injury. It’ll be the first Grand Slam he’s missed since 1999. (New York Times)

Do you know what happened in the news this week? Take the BuzzFeed News quiz!

Happy Friday

A 6,082-foot pizza has achieved a new world record for the longest pizza. A group of 100 chefs in Naples, Italy, baked it while standing along the waterfront on Wednesday. The chefs spent 11 hours preparing the pizza in portable wood-fired ovens, constructed specifically for the event. We want a slice!

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