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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.

“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.

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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.

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

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Navajo Nation got masks from a former Trump official — that ‘are not approved by the FDA’: report

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The Indian Health Service acknowledged on Wednesday that 1 million respirator masks it purchased from a former Trump White House official do not meet Food and Drug Administration standards for “use in healthcare settings by health care providers.”

The IHS statement calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. The masks were purchased as part of a frantic agency push to supply Navajo hospitals with desperately needed protective equipment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

ProPublica revealed last week that Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, formed a company in early April and 11 days later won a $3 million contract with IHS to provide specialized respirator masks to the agency for use in Navajo hospitals. The contract was granted with limited competitive bidding.

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‘There needs to be a prosecution’ of cop who killed George Floyd: CNN guest says ‘call it what it is’

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On CNN Wednesday, criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson walked through why the Minneapolis police officer responsible for George Floyd's suffocation death must be prosecuted.

"Bottom line, question here from looking at this, should the officer face charges?" asked host Erin Burnett.

"Erin, I don't think there is any question about that, and I think if you look at it, under any reasonable measure there needs to be a prosecution," said Jackson. "You know, when you look at issues of excessive force — and I know this comes with a lot of emotion, and it should because of the blatant nature of what occurred. But if you even look at it legally and forget about the emotion, you look and you see, was there an imminent fear that the officer was facing when he had his knee in the neck of Mr. Floyd? And the answer is resoundingly no. You look at the force he used, that is the officer, and you say is it proportionate to whatever threat was posed? The answer is no, you don't see any threat. You see a person detained and really not resisting at all."

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Police clash with George Floyd protesters in Minneapolis for second straight day

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On Wednesday, protests against the police killing of George Floyd continued — and once again, police and demonstrators clashed, with authorities using chemical agents to attempt to deter the crowds.

Protestors move further back into street after police shoot some kind of deterrent pic.twitter.com/yrvqziOMbD

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