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World’s longest non-stop flight set to depart from Singapore

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Singapore, Oct 11: A Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to New York, deemed as the world’s longest non-stop flight, is set to take off on Thursday.

Singapore Airlines is relaunching the service five years after they withdrew it because it had become too expensive, reports the BBC.

It will cover more than 15,000 km and is scheduled to take just under 19 hours.

Singapore Airlines said there was a demand by customers for non-stop services which help cut travelling times compared with flights which have a stopover.

The airline told the BBC that business class seats for the flight were fully booked.

However, there were “a very limited number” of premium economy seats left.

The airline is not planning to offer any economy bookings on the route.

A business class ticket will entitle passengers to two meals, and the choice of when they are served, plus refreshments in between. They will also have a bed to sleep in.

Premium economy fares will get three meals at fixed times, with refreshments in between.

The brand new Airbus plane that SIA is using has been configured to seat 161 passengers in all – 67 business passengers and 94 premium economy passengers.

Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar runs a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha.

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Facebook blocked Israeli PM ‘s son for anti-Muslim posts

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his son Yair (File Photo- AFP)

Tel Aviv, Dec 17: Facebook temporarily banned Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for posting anti-Muslim posts, the media reported on Monday.

According to a report in The Times of Israel, Yair’s Facebook account was blocked for 24 hours on Sunday after he called for “avenging the deaths” of two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers who were killed at the West Bank shooting last week.

“Unbelievable. Facebook blocks me for 24 hours for simply criticizing it! Thought police,” Yari wrote on Twitter.

Facebook is yet to comment on this.

After the controversial Facebook post was removed, he wrote that the social media giant was “trying to shut our mouths in the only place where we have the right to express our opinions”.

Yari also posted a screenshot of the original post along with new posts criticising Facebook.

“Do you know where there are no terror attacks? In Iceland and Japan. Coincidentally there’s also no Muslim population there,” he posted.

This is not the first time Yair has been in the spotlight.

According to The Jerusalem Post, in 2017, Yair posted a diagram featuring antisemitic tropes such as Jewish billionaire George Soros, who funds left-wing causes and organizations in several countries.

“The post depicted Soros controlling the world via other conspiracy theory figures like lizard people, known as Reptilians, and the Illuminati or Freemasons,” the report added.

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Saudi rejects US Senate’s move on Khashoggi’s murder

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US President Donald Trump, sitting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Reuters Photo)

Riyadh, Dec 17: Saudi Arabia on Monday rejected recent moves by the US Senate over the murder of The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Senate on December 13 voted to recommend ending American military assistance to the Saudi-led operation in Yemen, and accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of involvement in Khashoggi’s murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October, reports Xinhua news agency.

The positions of the US Senate were based on “unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role”, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement said that the the journalist’s murder was a deplorable crime which does not reflect the Kingdom’s policy.

Saudi authorities have said he died in a “brawl” in the consulate on October 2 and denied that the Crown Prince had ordered the killing.

The US Congress has urged a thorough investigation into his death and threatened to take more actions against Saudi Arabia, such as sanctions, if those responsible were not held accountable.

However, American President Donald Trump’s administration has been reluctant to further punish the Saudi government.

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Indonesia’s Sulawesi island volcano erupts,spewing ashes upto 7.5 km high

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Jakarta, Dec 16 : A volcano erupted in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province on Sunday, spewing a column of ash measuring 7.5 km to the sky.

Mount Soputan erupted twice — first at 7.43 a.m. and the second at 8.57 a.m., an agency spokesman told Xinhua news agency.

There were no reports of casualties and the ash was not considered a threat to aviation, agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said on Sunday.

Ashes were spread toward south west and south of the crater and small tremors jolted the area.

“In anticipating the hot ash from sliding into the flank of the volcano and flows of cool lava, the community is prohibited from having activities at the radius of 4 km from the crater, and for the area at southwest of the crater the no go-zone has been declared at 6.5 km,” the spokesman said.

Mount Soputan is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia which lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.

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