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Armed police on board flight MH128, which was diverted back to Melbourne Airport.
Armed police on board flight MH128, which was diverted back to Melbourne Airport.PHOTO: TWITTER/ FLIGHT ALERTS

Malaysia Airlines flight returns to Melbourne after passenger tries to enter cockpit

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur returned to the Australian airport shortly after take off late on Wednesday after a passenger attempted to enter the cockpit, authorities said.

Passengers and the crew of Flight MH128 had to tackle the man and tie him up with seat belts until the flight landed, one witness told Reuters.

The plane landed safely and the man was apprehended by airport security, said Malaysia Airlines, which is still recovering from two major airline disasters in recent years.

The airline stressed in a statement that the flight had not at any point been hijacked.

Flight MH128 returned to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport “after the operating captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit”, the statement said.


Donald Trump hails signing of deals worth 'billions' with Vietnam

US President Donald Trump discussed trade with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a White House visit and welcomed the signing of business deals worth billions of dollars and the jobs they would bring.

General Electric said earlier it had signed deals with Vietnam worth about US$5.58 billion (S$7.7 billion) for power generation, aircraft engines and services, its largest ever single combined sale with the country.

Phuc said on Tuesday he would sign deals for US goods and services worth US$15 billion to US$17 billion during his Washington visit, mainly for high-technology products and for services.


Comedian sacked by CNN, isolated over grisly Donald Trump stunt

US comedian Kathy Griffin may have hoped to make art in holding up a prop depicting Donald Trump’s bloodied, severed head. But the stunt cost her a job with CNN and achieved the unthinkable – uniting conservatives and liberals in outrage.

The President castigated the comedian on Wednesday (May 31), saying she “should be ashamed of herself” for the grisly-looking photograph.

It didn’t matter that the outspoken Trump critic and award-winning performer had already apologised and asked celebrity photographer Tyler Shields to remove the picture from the internet. It was not enough to save her job.


US man splits from ex-teacher wife convicted of raping him

A US man who married his former teacher - after she was jailed on child rape charges over a sexual relationship that began when he was just 12, in a case that shocked the country - has filed for separation.

Vili Fualaau, now 33, filed the court papers for separation from Mary Kay Letourneau earlier this month in the state of Washington. The couple married 12 years ago in a ceremony shrouded in secrecy.

Letourneau, now 55, was a teacher at a suburban elementary school in Seattle and a married mother of four when she met Fualaau, of Samoan parents, who was then in second grade. They began an affair when he was 12 and she was 34.


Tennis: It's a girl! Venus lets Serena baby secret slip

Serena Williams will be the mother of a baby girl, if sister Venus is to be believed after she appeared to let the secret slip.

Venus, playing at the French Open in Paris, told a TV interviewer: “She’s going to call me her favourite aunt.”

“We all like ‘baby V, baby Lyn, baby Isha’. We all want the baby to be named after us,” the 36-year-old told Eurosport, referring to the names of Serena’s sisters.