1. QANTAS FLIGHT FORCED TO DISEMBARK PASSENGERS VIA EMERGENCY SLIDES
Passengers on a Qantas Airways Ltd flight evacuated their plane via emergency slides at Australia’s Sydney airport today after the flight was forced to turn around.
In a statement, Qantas said flight QF575 to Perth returned to Sydney shortly after takeoff due to a hydraulic issue.
Qantas said engineers were inspecting the aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 that can carry up to 271 passengers.
A Qantas spokeswoman said hydraulic fluid was probably pumped in by the air-conditioning system, causing mist in the cabin.
2. NEW ZEALAND RECOVERY TEAMS RETURN TO VOLCANIC ISLAND, TWO REMAIN MISSING
Police said New Zealand recovery teams returned to the volcanic White Island today but were unable to locate two remaining bodies in their search.
Authorities said eight police search and rescue staff were deployed for 75 minutes to an area in which their information suggested one body may remain.
Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Clement said at a press conference today that they have found no bodies in the area.
Police added they remained committed to recovering the two bodies and that police and military divers were continuing to scour the waters around the island.
3. BOLIVIA PRESIDENT SAYS ARREST WARRANT TO BE ISSUED AGAINST MORALES
Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez said Bolivia will issue an arrest warrant in the coming days against former leftist President Evo Morales, accusing him of sedition.
Morales is in Argentina, granted refugee status this week just days after the inauguration of new President Alberto Fernandez.
Morales had spent the previous month in Mexico in the wake of a highly-contested October election in Bolivia.
He had proclaimed victory after his government was accused of manipulating the vote results. Morales, who had been in power nearly 14 years, resigned under pressure from the armed forces.