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A British Airways airplane approaches landing over houses close to Heathrow airport in London, Britain, on Oct 25, 2016.
A British Airways airplane approaches landing over houses close to Heathrow airport in London, Britain, on Oct 25, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

British Airways welcomes plans to cap charges at expanded Heathrow

The chief of British Airways-owner IAG welcomed Britain's commitment to cap airline charges in its plans to build a new runway at Heathrow.

Britain on Tuesday (Oct 25) gave Heathrow the green light to build a new US$22 billion (S$31 billion) runway, ending 25 years of indecision. Under the government's plans, the new runway will be open for flights from 2025.

In choosing Heathrow, the government said that the British aviation regulator would work with the airport and the airlines to ensure the new runway plan is affordable and keeps landing charges per passenger that are paid by airlines close to current levels.

That condition was welcomed by IAG CEO Willie Walsh.


US judge approves US$14.7 billion deal in VW diesel scandal

A US federal judge on Tuesday (Oct 25) approved Volkswagen AG's record US$14.7 billion (S$20.4 billion) settlement with regulators and owners of 475,000 polluting diesel vehicles, and the German automaker said it would begin buying back the cars in mid-November.

It represented one of the biggest corporate settlements of any kind.

The action by US District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco marked a pivotal moment for VW as it aims to move past a scandal that has engulfed the company since it admitted in September 2015 to installing secret software in diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests and make them appear cleaner than they really were.


Nurse charged with murdering 8 in Canadian old-age homes

A Canadian nurse was charged on Tuesday (Oct 25) with using drugs to murder eight elderly patients in long-term care facilities in an alleged killing spree that ran for seven years.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, is accused of killing five women and three men in the Ontario towns of Woodstock and London between 2007 and 2014. The dead ranged in age from 75 to 96.

"The victims were administered a drug," Woodstock Police Chief William Renton told a televised news conference, declining to give further details. Wettlaufer appeared in court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody.


Football: Brazil great Carlos Alberto, 72, dies following heart attack

Carlos Alberto, who scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history while captaining Brazil to glory in the 1970 final against Italy, has died aged 72 following a heart attack.

The marauding right back scored his team’s fourth goal in a 4-1 win over Italy in Mexico’s Azteca Stadium, a thumping drive that ended a move involving eight players, before hoisting the Jules Rimet trophy as Brazil won the title for the third time.

“I am saddened by the death of my friend and brother Carlos Alberto, our beloved Captain, and I remember the times that we were together at Santos, Brazil and the (New York) Cosmos, where we formed a winning partnership,” Pele said in one of the many tributes from former greats.  


Football: Sturridge brace helps Liverpool down Spurs, Arsenal through

Daniel Sturridge sent Liverpool into the League Cup quarter-finals with two clinical goals in a 2-1 home victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday (Oct 25).

Sturridge opened the scoring in the ninth minute and doubled the tally 20 minutes after halftime, before Spurs striker Vincent Janssen pulled a goal back with a penalty late on in a match where both teams fielded much-changed teams.

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored twice as they reached the last eight with a 2-0 win over second-tier Reading, while Newcastle United romped to a 6-0 victory over 10-man Preston North End.