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Malaysia Airlines plane forced to return to Melbourne

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Melbourne, June 1, 2017: A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to return to the Melbourne airport after a man who claiming to have a bomb tried to enter the cockpit of the aircraft, police said on Thursday.

Flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was forced to return after take-off at 11.11 p.m. on Wednesday night when a 25-year-old student from Sri Lanka tried to enter the cockpit, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The man, who has been living in Dandenong in Melbourne’s south-east, was tackled by crew members and several passengers, who overpowered him and tied him up with belts.

Heavily-armed police wearing helmets and body armour and carrying rifles boarded the aircraft after it landed, and placed the man under arrest.

Victoria State Police later said the incident was not being treated as terrorism.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the man was carrying a “speaker-type device”, ABC reported.

“It looked to me like a slightly larger version of an iPhone…As one of these bluetooth-type speakers. It has cords that allow you to plug it into some sort of phone device to play music on,” he said.

Commissioner Ashton said the man was released from psychiatric care earlier on Wednesday.

Ashton said the man was likely to face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday.

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Australian Robert Doyle quits over sexual harassment allegations

The investigation was opened in December after Doyle was accused of sexual misconduct by Councilor Tessa Sullivan, who stepped down from her role over Doyle’s alleged behaviour.

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The Lord Mayor of Melbourne has announced his resignation after he was accused in 2017 of sexual harassment, his deputy said on Monday.

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Robert Doyle’s resignation was confirmed by Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood here, Efe news reported.

Doyle’s resignation comes after his lawyers advised last week that he was “suffering serious ill health” due to stress resulting from the claims.

“All parties involved in these circumstances are very distressed and my thoughts are with everyone involved,” Wood said.

“We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for Doyle, his wife Emma Page-Campbell, and his four children. We are very hopeful that he has a full and speedy recovery from his current ill health,” he added.

“Additional time was required to finalise the probe into the allegations made against him,” a statement by the City of Melbourne siad.

The investigation was opened in December after Doyle was accused of sexual misconduct by Councilor Tessa Sullivan, who stepped down from her role over Doyle’s alleged behaviour.

Doyle welcomed the investigation, calling the allegations “thoroughly abhorrent”, and said he would “cooperate fully to clear (his) name”.

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Austria’s Supreme Court allows same-sex marriage from 2019

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Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married in Austria from 2019, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. It said the current law violates the principle of non-discrimination.

The move brings Austria into line with many other European nations, including Germany, France, Britain, and Spain. Austria’s constitutional court examined a 2009 law which allows registered partnerships for same-sex couples, but prevents them from getting married, at the request of two women who were rejected by two lower authorities, Reuters said.

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Australians warned against seafood after deadly algal bloom

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Authorities in Australia’a Tasmania state are urging people to stop consuming seafood due to the risk of potentially-fatal paralytic poisoning.

Mark Veitch, Tasmania’s acting director of public health, released a statement late Sunday night warning Tasmanians and tourists to heed the “very real” threat to health, which has come due to an algal bloom in the water, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Shellfish feed on the algae and (therefore) concentrate the toxin — this makes them dangerous to eat and may cause serious and even fatal illness,” the statement said.

“The large scale of this algal bloom and the high levels of toxin in tested shellfish mean the risk of shellfish poisoning from eating shellfish collected from the wild is very real.”

Tasmanian seafood is considered by many as the best in the world, with many Australians choosing to make the trip to the southernmost state for sport fishing, mussel and abalone diving, as well as oyster sampling.

The authorities have said it was unsafe to eat wild oysters, mussels, scallops and pipis from anywhere along the island’s east coast, while Tasmanians have also been warned that cooking the fish will not kill the deadly toxins.

Two types of toxin have been identified by the authorities, one of which causes mild diarrhea while the other causes paralysis which could lead to death.

The latest algal bloom follows a similar one which occurred in 2015 when two people were hospitalised after consuming toxic mussels in October.

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