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SIA, Tigerair, Jetstar join list of airlines banning Samsung Note 7

SINGAPORE - Flag carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has banned all passengers on their flights from carrying on board and checking in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. According to a Facebook post by SIA on Saturday (Oct 15), the decision...

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Hurricane Matthew: Not everyone is evacuating as deadly storm nears

CHARLESTON - As hundreds of thousands of people potentially in the path of Hurricane Matthew fled inland Wednesday, not everyone was evacuating. In Charleston, South Carolina, which likely will see the powerful storm's impact this...

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Powerful typhoon Chaba barrels towards Japan after hitting South Korea's Jeju

TOKYO (AFP) - Authorities issued storm and heavy rain warnings on Wednesday (Oct 5) as powerful typhoon Chaba barrelled towards Japan, after it hit a South Korean resort island, causing flight cancellations and flooding streets. The...

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Hurricane Matthew pummels Caribbean, evacuations ordered in US

PORT-AU-PRINCE - Hurricane Matthew pummelled Haiti and moved on to Cuba after killing seven people, unleashing floods and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee the Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade. Far to the north, the first...

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Powerful typhoon closes in on southern Japan, Okinawa airport shut

TOKYO (AFP) - A powerful typhoon was heading for Japan's southernmost Okinawa island chain on Monday (Oct 3), packing powerful winds that shut the airport and forced flight cancellations. The "very strong" storm is set to hit...

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Taiwan braces for arrival of Typhoon Megi on Tuesday

TAIPEI - Flights and trains in Taiwan were disrupted by the approach of the third typhoon this month and most cities planned work and school closures for Tuesday (Sep 27). The island's financial markets will also be shut, financial regulators...

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Passengers warned not to use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on planes

ALERT - Air travelers are being warned not to use their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on planes after the company recalled the devices over complaints the batteries can catch fire. "In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by...

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Myanmar earthquake kills three, damages scores of ancient temples

YANGON - A powerful earthquake shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least three people including two children, and damaging scores of centuries-old Buddhist pagodas around the ancient capital of Bagan. The 6.8 magnitude quake shook...

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Thailand to double visa-on-arrival fees next month

THAILAND - VISITORS to Thailand will need to pay increased visa-on-arrival fees starting September 27. The fee currently costs 1,000 baht (US$28.8) and will be doubled to 2,000 baht. Arrivals from 19 countries will be affected, including those...

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Hundreds of flights grounded as typhoon nears Japan

TOKYO (AFP) - A powerful typhoon was on course for a direct hit on Tokyo Monday (Aug 22), with nearly 400 flights grounded due to heavy rain and strong winds. Strong typhoon Mindulle was expected to make landfall around noon, moving upwards...

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