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Superstitious passenger delays Chinese flight

Chinese officials say a superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours on Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane’s engine for good luck. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac. Airport police said eight of the coins missed their target but one nestled inside an engine, adding that a passenger...

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Venezuela court attacked by grenades

Venezuela’s supreme court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a terrorist attack. Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. The police officer, who identified himself as Oscar Pérez in video statements posted on the social media platform Instagram, is said to have piloted the stolen aircraft and later issued a statement denouncing the government. President Maduro has faced months of mass protests amid a political and economic crisis. The supreme court is regularly criticised by the Venezuelan...

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Trump presidency shifts global view of US: Study

Reports say Donald Trump’s presidency has had a “major impact on how the world sees the United States”, according to a large new study. The survey, by the Pew Research Center, interviewed more than 40,000 people in 37 countries this year. It concluded that the US president and his policies “are broadly unpopular around the globe”. The survey shows only two of the 37 countries have a better opinion of Mr Trump than they had of his predecessor Barack Obama – Israel and Russia. But the report indicates many feel their country’s relationship with the US will not change...

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Former Botswana president Masire lauded

University of Zimbabwe Dean of Social Studies and author Professor Claude Mararike has hailed the late second president of the Republic of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire, for the role he played during the liberation struggles of South Africa and Namibia. He paid tribute to Sir Ketumile for following in the path of the likes of Tanzania’s founding president Julius Nyerere, Mozambique’s Samora Machel and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia who allowed liberation movements to establish rear bases in their territories. Sir Ketumile died in a Gaborone hospital last Thursday. He was 91. As an elder statesman he was involved in...

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Six die as boat sinks in Colombia

At least six people died when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia. Reports say 133 people were rescued, but 16 are still missing after the four-deck Almirante went down near the tourist town of Guatapé, 45 kilometres east of Medellín yesterday. There were about 170 people aboard. Eyewitness Juan Quiroz told the BBC that the boat sank in less than five minutes. Leisure boats quickly came to the rescue, hauling victims from the water and the top deck of the vessel. Army helicopters and divers have been sent to the scene. A local government official told AFP news agency that “the situation looks serious”. More than 20 people were taken to a hospital in Guatapé. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who travelled to the scene yesterday evening said six people had been killed, revising down an initial death toll of nine given by officials. Luis Bernardo Morales, a fire service captain involved in the rescue operation, said the boat was very close to the port when it sank. Guatapé is a popular Andean resort town, known for its water sports and recreational activities....

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