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RyanAir pilot says they had ‘no choice but to land’ in Belarus

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The pilot flying the RyanAir plane that made an emergency diversion to Belarus says he had ‘no choice’

While Belarus denies it was a forced landing, the RyanAir crew onboard disagree. They say they were warned that if the aircraft entered Lithuanian air space “a bomb on board would be detonated”.

The head pilot says the incident was “a premeditated breach” of global aviation rules.

When trying to contact the airline for clarification, Belarusian authorities told him that “Ryanair in Poland were not answering the phone”.

Belarus ‘forces’ flight diversion, sparking international outrage

Belarusian actors diverted the flight from Greece. There, authorities boarded the aircraft and arrested an anti-government activist and journalist Roman Prota-sevich. They also arrested his girlfriend, who was onboard the flight as well.

Journalist Roman Protasevich was living in exile from Belarus. He is a vocal critic of the country’s President and his regime.

The Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed they had detained the activist at Minsk’s airport, the nation’s main international hub.

In a statement, Ryanair said Belarus air traffic control informed staff of a “potential security threat onboard” and ordered them to make an emergency landing.

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Fears of a coup as military force arrests Sudanese leaders

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Unidentified Sudanese military forces have reportedly arrested four cabinet ministers and one civilian

There are also reports that the military have surrounded the house of the country’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, as the leader remains in house arrest.

It comes as the PM warns that Sudan is facing the “worst crisis” of its transition to civilian rule following the removal of its long-time ruler more than two years ago.

The remarks on Friday come as the country reels from deep divisions among the civilian and military political factions that have been leading its transition under an August 2019 power-sharing deal with the aim of leading the country towards free and fair elections.

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Michael Jordan’s sneakers sell for record $1.47m at auction

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A pair of basketball shoes worn by US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record price at a Las Vegas auction

Jordan wore the pair of Nike Air Ships during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

The shoes were what founded the iconic partnership between Jordan and Nike – now a signature global brand.

The sale also marks the highest price ever paid for game-worn footwear of any sport, easily beating out the previous record of $615,000 paid for a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s in 2020.

The price still falls short of the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Recent sales are just the beginning of rare shoe market that’s beginning to soar.

In April, rapper Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes sold for $1.8 million at a private sale.

The record price for sneakers has broken several times in recent years, and the market is now considered much more niche than ever before, attractive interest from leading collectors as well as the general public.

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Ship spews toxic gas off Canada’s coast

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Sixteen people have been evacuated as fire rages onboard the Zim Kingston container ship off the coast of Canada

The vessel was en route to Vancouver when it caught fire on Saturday, and has since been expelling toxic gas which officials say is not a risk to people on land.

The coast guard reported the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kg of chemicals located in two of the ten containers that caught fire.

“The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian coast guard said. It added that 10 containers had been affected by the fire.

“Currently there is no safety risk to people on shore, however the situation will continue to be monitored,” it said.

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