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Singapore Airlines rescues passengers stranded in Azerbaijan

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Hundreds of Singapore Airlines passengers left stranded in Azerbaijan after their Airbus A380 was forced to make an emergency landing were collected Tuesday by a replacement superjumbo.

The carrier said the relief plane carrying nearly 500 passengers and crew was expected to land back in Singapore at around 0745 GMT after taking off from the capital Baku.

“A replacement aircraft that was sent from Singapore to collect affected customers has now departed Baku,” it said in a statement on its Facebook site. A spokesman confirmed the relief plane was also an A380 superjumbo.

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“Customers with onward missed connections will be rebooked on other flights,” the airline said.

The original flight from London to Singapore was forced to make an emergency landing at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku Monday due to a loss of cabin pressure.

No one was injured but oxygen masks were deployed on the A380.

Singapore Airlines was forced to apologise to passengers for a lengthy wait before they were transferred to hotels, as many took to social media to complain they were stranded at the airport with few amenities.

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“I don’t think it is inconsistent for passengers to be grateful for a safe landing whilst disappointed at the lack of communication and facilities provided once on the ground,” passenger Nic Coulthard wrote on the airline’s Facebook page.

Another passenger, Terri Mann, complained that she had to sleep on a “cold steel bench” with her 17-month-old child, and that there were no “food places” at the airport.

Singapore Airlines has a fleet of 19 Airbus A380s with five others on order, according to its website.

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The planes are used for flights from Singapore to various destinations including Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

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‘Smart rats jump a sinking orange ship’: Columnist predicts more Republicans will flee Trump

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New York Times contributing columnist Wajahat Ali predicted that more Republicans would likely flee President Donald Trump in the coming weeks.

Already, Trump's own officials, appointees, and staff are lining up to testify to the House committees, despite Trump saying they will not cooperate with any investigations.

"I believe smart rats jump a sinking orange ship, and if you don't believe me, you haven't paid attention to the last week," Ali told CNN's Don Lemon. In the past week, several of Trump's appointees have lined up to give a deposition or testify. Even outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry revealed in a Wall Street Journal interview, that Rudy Giuliani was to be the point person on all things related to Ukraine.

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CNN panel mocks the White House for promoting a photo of Trump looking ‘subservient’ to Pelosi

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The White House posted a series of photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wednesday after their meeting, showing Pelosi being the only person in the room literally standing up to President Donald Trump. It was an image that baffled the mind of at least one CNN panelist as to why the Trump people would be promoting Pelosi.

According to reports from those who were in the room, the president flew off the handle after Pelosi quipped that it seems all roads lead back to Russia for this president. It was at that point that Trump called Pelosi a "third-grade politician," though presumably, he meant "third-rate," and the meeting broke apart.

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Max Boot calls BS on Republicans for trying to claim Syria is Nancy Pelosi’s fault because of impeachment

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President Donald Trump is conducting foreign policy like a 1980s television character, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot.

In a panel discussion about the letter Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Boot mocked Republicans for suddenly trying to claim that Trump's withdrawal from Syria was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fault because of impeachment. It is unclear if Republicans are confessing the president is too distracted by impeachment to be making foreign policy decisions or if they are blaming Pelosi for military decisions.

"I mean there's a lot of really lame Republican talking points out there, Don," Boot said to CNN host Don Lemon. "But to suggest, as Rep. Liz Cheney and others have done that somehow Trump's inexplicable decision to give the Turks the green light to invade Syria — that was somehow the fault of Nancy Pelosi because of the impeachment process? What?"

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