Tanzania says South Africa impounds Airbus plane

Tanzania says South Africa impounds Airbus planeSouth African authorities have impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by Tanzania's national flag carrier, the Tanzanian government said. The plane had been scheduled to fly from the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday. "The plane was impounded following an order issued by the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg," Tanzania's transport ministry said in a statement on Friday.



Typhoon shuts businesses, forces flight cancellations in southern Taiwan

Typhoon shuts businesses, forces flight cancellations in southern TaiwanTaiwan braced for typhoon Bailu on Saturday, shutting businesses and schools as airlines cancelled hundreds of flights amid warnings of landslides, floods and high seas on the island. Typhoon Bailu, categorised at the weakest typhoon level by Taiwan's weather bureau, made landfall in Saturday afternoon in the southern county of Pingtung with maximum winds of 137 km (85 miles) per hour. The storm, which was the first to make landfall on the island in more than two years, cut power to nearly 30,000 homes and caused localized flooding in southern Taiwan.



REFILE-UPDATE 1-Global disputes likely to thwart unity at G7 summit in France

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Global disputes likely to thwart unity at G7 summit in FranceLeaders of the G7 nations began arriving in France on Saturday for a summit as a U.S.-China row over protectionism highlighted President Emmanuel Macron's tough task in delivering real results on trade, Iran and climate change. The three-day meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz takes place amid sharp differences over a clutch of global issues that risk further dividing a group of countries already struggling to speak with one voice. Summit host Macron wants the leaders of Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to focus on the defence of democracy, gender equality, education and climate change, and has invited leaders from Asia, Africa and Latin America to join them for a global push on these issues.



Iranian tanker switches destination, heads to Turkey - ship-tracking data

Iranian tanker switches destination, heads to Turkey - ship-tracking dataAn Iranian tanker at the centre of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran has switched destination and is now heading to Turkey instead of southern Greece, data from real-time ship tracking website MarineTraffic showed on Saturday. The Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, was released from detention off Gibraltar after a five-week standoff over whether it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions in mid-August. The United States, which says the tanker is controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, deemed a terrorist group by Washington, has told countries in the region not to assist it.



Former Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley dies aged 66

Former Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley dies aged 66Arun Jaitley, the former Indian finance minister and one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest associates, died in hospital on Saturday, nearly two weeks after he was admitted following breathing difficulties, officials said. Jaitley, 66, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), stepped down as finance minister in January due to ill health, just months before elections that returned Modi's Hindu nationalists to power.





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