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Norway: Pilot, 3 crew fail ‘alcohol breath test’ before take off

Norwegian police said a Latvian Air Baltic pilot and three crew members were pulled off a Greece-bound passenger plane in Oslo early Saturday after failing a breathalyser test before take-off, The Irish Times reported.

"Results of the breathalyser tests confirmed that four of the five crew members ... were above the legal alcohol limit of 0.2 promille," Romerike police prosecutor Edith Ek Sorensen reportedly told AFP.

Breaking news: Missing Malaysian Airline MH370 ‘discovered’

In the first real breakthrough in the search for missing Malaysian Airline MH370 that disappeared 17 months ago, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed on early on Thursday that a Boeing 777 wing segment discovered in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is from the missing Flight MH370,according to Reuters.

Colombia: Airforce plane crashes killing 11 people

At least 11 people were killed on Friday after a Colombian airforce plane crashed caused by what officials say was due mechanical problems, AFP reported on adding that earlier in the day, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos had announced that 12 people died in the mishap, but officials walked that figure back a short time later.

UK: Four killed as Saudi-registered private jet crashes in Hampshire

During an attempt to land at Blackbushe Airport in Yateley, a Saudi-registered private jet - which was arriving from Italy – crashed  at a car auction site in Hampshire  killing four people on Friday, according to BBC.

According to reports, the pilot and all three passengers were killed but no-one on the ground was injured, Hampshire Constabulary said.

US: Uber taxi booking service to invest US$1billion in India

According to a BBC report on Friday, UBER, the taxi booking service has said it will invest $1bn (£0.64m) to expand its business in India.The US company reportedly wants to use the money to expand to more cities and invest in new products and payment solutions.

BBC says the decision comes after the firm in June said it wanted to invest the same amount in China, also to expand to more cities in the country.Earlier in the year, Uber was banned in India after rape accusations against one of its drivers.

Drone with wingspan of Boeing 737, can fly upto 90,000 built by Facebook for internet access

Facebook is set to test its drone later this year, an equipment which has a wingspan of a Boeing 737 – and will operate as high as 90,000 feet in the air, and can stay airborne for 90 days at a time, BBC reported Friday.

The drone is expected to bring internet connectivity to remote parts of the world, the social network has announced according to BBC. Facebook reportedly said the drones would be able to offer internet speeds of 10 gigabits a second.

U.S: Probe launched for American who paid US$ 50,000 to kill a lion in Zimbabawe

US officials have begun an investigation into the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe but say they have been unable to reach the American involved, BBC reported Thursday

The American tourist and a dentist Walter Palmer is believed to have paid about $50,000 (£32,000) to go on the hunt in Zimbabwe.

According to reports, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it was "deeply concerned" about the "tragic" death of Cecil the lion. Director Dan Ashe said they will "go where facts lead" but efforts to reach Walter Palmer have been unsuccessful.

India executes man for 1993 serial blasts which killed nearly 260 people

A man has been executed Thursday in India in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts in which nearly 260 people were killed, Xinhua reported. Yakub Memon was executed, after the India's Supreme Court rejected his last-minute plea to stop his hanging in an unprecedented pre-dawn hearing.