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Airlines suspend travel over Belarus hijack

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Multiple Airlines are rerouting flight paths to avoid Belarus airspace

Belarusian planes are facing a possible ban from several European countries.

This comes among mounting international outrage after the nation allegedly hijacked a plane earlier this week.

The Ryanair jet was flying from Greece to Lithuania when it was forced to land so officials could arrest a journalist onboard.

The United Nations say the world should be ‘furious’

Ukraine and Poland are among the countries stopping all flights to and from Belarus. Meanwhile, the UK is preventing Belarusian airlines from entering its airspace.

Air France and Finnair have both announced they will suspend flights to the country. KLM Airlines, Lufthansa and SAS have also announced similar suspensions. Singapore Airlines is also now saying it will reroute flights to avoid Belarus.

Some 400 flights use Belarusian airspace daily and 100 of these are by EU or UK carriers.

Belarusian activist arrested
Belarusian activist arrested

Ryanair jet diversion sparks international outrage

The 26-year-old Belarusian journalist and activist Roman Protasevich is a vocal critic of his president and his regime.

Earlier this week, Belarusian officials pulled Protasevich from the Ryanair passenger plane.

In a statement, Ryanair says Belarus air traffic control informed pilots of a “potential security threat onboard.” Air traffic control allegedly ordered the airline to make an emergency landing.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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