Brazilian clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after plane crash

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Brazil’s top-flight football teams offered to loan players to Chapecoense for next season after the small southern club lost almost all their players in a plane crash in Colombia. The teams also asked the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday to give Chapecoense a three-year exemption from relegation , the process through which teams are assigned to a lower classification if they do not perform well.
The final on Wednesday was cancelled and all games scheduled for the upcoming week in Brazil were postponed.

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UN : Myanmar Rohingya abuse may be ‘crimes against humanity

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Myanmar’s Rohingya may be victims of crimes against humanity, the UN’s rights agency said Tuesday, as former UN chief Kofi Annan arrived in the country for a visit that will include a trip to northern Rakhine. The army has carried out a bloody crackdown in Rakhine, and thousands of the Muslim minority have flooded over the border into Bangladesh this month, making horrifying claims of gang rape, torture and murder at the hands of security forces. Some 30,000 have fled their homes and analysis of satellite images by Human Rights Watch found hundreds of buildings in Rohingya villages have been razed. Myanmar has denied allegations of abuse, saying the army is hunting “terrorists” behind raids on police posts last month. The government has lashed out at media reports of rapes and killings, and lodged a protest over a UN official in Bangladesh who said the state was carrying out “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya. Foreign journalists and independent investigators have been banned from accessing the area to probe the claims. On Tuesday, the UN OHCHR said Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya could be tantamount to crimes against humanity, reiterating the findings of a June report.

Colombia plane crash : Rescuers find survivors ..

A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia, officials say. Reports say there are six survivors. The plane reported electrical problems.The chartered aircraft, flying from Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team, airport officials said.The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional. The first leg of the final of the cup, South America’s second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday, but has now been suspended.

Cathay Pacific plane forced to make emergency landing over fire warning

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A Cathay Pacific flight from London to Hong Kong was forced to make an emergency landing in Russia because of a possible fire onboard. In a statement, the airline said: “Cathay Pacific Flight CX250 from London Heathrow to Hong Kong was diverted to Novosibirsk International Airport in Russia approximately six hours into its journey due to a signal in the flight deck that indicated a possible fire in the aft cargo hold. Passengers were being accommodated at hotels near the airport. Cabin crew were also providing necessary support, the airline added.

Pilots’ strike grounds 912 Lufthansa flights

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Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa said it would cancel 912 flights on Thursday after nearly 900 flights were called off on Wednesday due to an ongoing pilot strike.
Out of its roughly 3,000 scheduled flights, 876 would be cancelled due to the strike, “affecting some 100,000 passengers”, Lufthansa said in a statement.
The Lufthansa pilots going on strike are demanding a pay rise of an average of 3.66% per year, retroactive for the past five years.