World briefs: Solar plane on last leg of record-breaking flight

Solar Impulse 2 pilot Bertrand Piccard (left) and pilot Andre Borschberg celebrate after Borschberg landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii.
Solar Impulse 2 pilot Bertrand Piccard (left) and pilot Andre Borschberg celebrate after Borschberg landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii. PHOTO: AFP

Solar plane onlast leg of record-breaking flight

LOS ANGELES • A solar powered plane onthe riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid was set to land in Hawaii yesterday morning after a record-breaking flight which tested its exhausted pilot to the limit under “difficult” conditions.

Veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg spent morethan four days flying from Japan in the Solar Impulse 2.

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Aussie knocked off surfboardby shark

SYDNEY • An Australian surfer was knocked off his board by a shark yesterday close to where a gruesome attack occurred a day earlier.The shark bit into the man’s board while he was surfing in LennoxHead inNew South Wales state but then swamoff.The incident happened barely 10km north from where a bodyboarder was savaged by a shark 24 hours earlier at Ballina, a tourist spot south of Brisbane.

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French govt rejects Assangeasylum request

PARIS • The French government rejected an asylum request from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange yesterday, saying he did not face “immediate danger”.

Mr Assange had written an openletter requesting asylum, describing himself as a “journalist pursued and threatened with death by the United States authorities as a result of my professional activities”.

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