World Briefs: Passenger jet dives over Pacific

Passenger jet dives over Pacific

SYDNEY • Qantas Airways said one of its A380 aircraft had a brief dive above the Pacific Ocean because of turbulence from another superjumbo plane.

The two Qantas jets were about 20 nautical miles and 300m in altitude apart when QF94, flying from Los Angeles to Melbourne, was affected earlier this week, the airline said yesterday.

No passengers were injured.


Dengue vaccine danger confirmed

CHICAGO • An analysis of data on Sanofi's dengue vaccine, which has been given to more than 800,000 schoolchildren in the Philippines, confirms it increases the risk of hospitalisation and severe dengue in those who had never previously been infected with the mosquito-borne virus.

The findings were published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Egyptian Cabinet gets major reshuffle

CAIRO • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi replaced the interior and defence ministers in a major reshuffle yesterday, with security forces battling an Islamist insurgency at the start of his second term.

Mr Sisi swept to another four years in office against a token challenger in elections in March, pledging to tackle the raft of security and economic challenges facing the country.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe