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Disruptive passenger causes mega-route QANTAS flight to return

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A QANTAS flight has been forced to turn back after just two hours in the air. It was on the Australian airlines’ new non-stop ‘mega route’ from Perth to London – 17 hours in the air in a Boeing Dreamliner 787 – 900. The service is the first direct flight from Australia to London. The flight usually takes 17 hours and 20 minutes.

The disruptive passenger was reportedly handcuffed, masked, then removed by police according to news.com.au.

Flight Tracker shows the flight QF9 turning around after it had only reached as far north as Shark Bay.

The long distance service was launched in March this year as a major milestone for Australian aviation — the first non-stop flight linking Australia and the UK.

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Former Malay PM Najib to face up to 20 charges over 1MDB scandal

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Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak is expected to face "nothing less" than 20 charges under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.

A mountain of legal challenges lies ahead of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as authorities bring fresh charges against the former PM over the multibillion-ringgit 1Malaysia Develop­ment Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

Najib, who is already facing criminal breach of trust, bribery and money-laundering charges, is expected to face dozens more at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today in connection with the deposit of 2.6 billion Ringit (20 billion Thai Baht) of 1MDB funds into his personal account.

This will be the third time that Najib is brought to court, the first being in July when he claimed trial to three charges of criminal breach of trust, and a fourth charge of receiving bribery of 42 million Ringit.

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Soi Dog congratulates the Hanoi people’s committee ban on dog and cat meat trade

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Barely 24 hours after urging citizens to stop eating dogs and cats, Hanoi’s authorities have announced that the sale of dog meat will be banned from the central districts of the city from 2021.


The director of the city’s Department of Animal Health, Nguyen Ngoc Son, told Lao Dong Newspaper on Wednesday (September 12)...


“Following a direction from the city’s People’s Committee that called on residents to ease off eating dog meat, we are building a plan to gradually phase out the slaughtering and trading of dog meat.


“By 2021 there will be no dog meat restaurants in the city centre.”


The People’s Committee had asked city residents the previous day to stop eating dog and cat meat, and urged local district authorities to launch campaigns to warn people about the risks of contracting diseases, includi...

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Visa run to Penang – a personal experience

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This story was one person's experience of the visa process in Penang. It should not be regarded as 'typical' or even used as a guide. But we provide Jim's journey as warning to do your homework before embarking on getting or renewing your visa.

Be aware that this seemingly simple trip to the former ‘Pearl of the Orient’ in Malaysia is not just a matter of paperwork to enable you to stay in Thailand - you unwittingly become embroiled in a major industry involving hundreds of on-the-ground staff who, you guessed it, are in for a ‘cut of the action’.

This isn’t merely a paperwork formality, it’s an industry. For whatever reason the process is made sufficiently opaque that you will eventually need one of these resources.

If you’re lucky enough to have a Thai employer do pay for your visa and organise paperwork, you’re halfway there.

Alerted by ‘Jim’, not his real name, The Thaiger dug deeper to uncover a highly develop...
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