16 injured in emergency landing in Ireland



14 passengers and two flight crew have been treated in hospital in Ireland after a transatlantic flight was forced to make an emergency landing.

Aviation officials said the United Airlines flight from Houston, Texas in the US to London Heathrow had to be diverted to Shannon Airport after hitting severe turbulence.The plane landed safely early Wednesday and ambulance crews were on the runway to meet the flight.It said the flight travelled through “unexpected turbulence” which led to passengers and crew being injured before the pilot diverted the plane to Ireland.

Air traffic control officers at Shannon Airport were notified at 3.20am local time that the United Airlines aircraft UA880 was making the unscheduled landing.Some 223 passengers and 12 crew were on board and they were met by ambulance crews and paramedics.


Al Meroz Hotel Bangkok First halal food hotel opens in Thailand


After it was launched in November, Thailand’s first halal hotel is expected to help attract Muslim tourists and bolster the industry , one of the few bright spots in its economy. The Al Meroz, which boasts mosque-like architecture, has two prayer rooms and three halal dining halls. Rooms cost from 4,000 baht all the way up to 50,000 baht ($116 to $1,445) a night .

Another powerful typhoon forecast to hit Japan on Tuesday

Powerful Typhoon Lionrock is forecast to hit eastern to northern Japan on Tuesday, bringing heavy rains and strong winds to a wide area of the country, the Japan Meteorological Agency says.

The typhoon, strengthening its force while hovering in the Pacific Ocean for several days, was moving east-northeast at 15 kilometers per hour about 370 km southeast of Minami Daito Island in Okinawa Prefecture as of Sunday morning, packing winds of up to 216 kph with an atmospheric pressure of 945 hectopascals near its center.