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'Hijacked' Virgin plane lands at Bali airport

Flight tracking website Flightrader said the Virgin Australia Airlines flight VA41 reportedly hijacked en route from Brisbane has landed at Indonesia's Bali airport.

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Virigin Atlantic flight VA41 is squawking 7500 (hijack) on ground on Denpasar Airport http://t.co/oKcLmaX8iZ http://t.co/F6ZcMVQuF9

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This is the flight path for the hijacked Virgin Australia flight VA41. Standing on ground at Denpasar/Bali now. http://t.co/gWivgM0iIZ

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Prince George receives cuddly wombat gift

Prince George, with his parents Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, receives a gift from the Governor-General
Prince George with his parents Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, receives a gift from the Governor-General Credit: Commonwealth of Australia and Auspic

Prince George, who has been accompanying his parents on their tour across Australia and New Zealand, has received a special gift from the Governor-General.

The young Prince appears delighted with his new cuddly toy, which is said to be a wombat.

Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Governor-general and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House, Sydney.
Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House, Sydney. Credit: Commonwealth of Australia and Auspic

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby George made a royal visit to the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House, Sydney, during the second leg of their tour down under.

Ian Thorpe in hospital fighting 'serious' infection

Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe is at a Sydney hospital fighting a "serious" infection and may not swim again competitively, his manager told the Australian Associated Press.

"It's serious but it's not life-threatening," the Australian swimmer's agent James Erskine told the news agency.

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe won five Olympic gold medals.
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe won five Olympic gold medals. Credit: BEN MACMAHON/AAP/Press Association Images

"From a competitive point of view - he will not be swimming competitively again I don't think."

Australia's Network Seven earlier reported that Thorpe was in intensive care and could lose the use of his arm.

Search for MH370 goes underwater for first time

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in remote seas off Australia is heading underwater for the first time, with a US Navy high tech "black box" locator deployed as the battery life of the cockpit data recorder dwindles.

The pinger locator is lowered into the ocean.
The pinger locator is lowered into the ocean. Credit: Reuters

Australian authorities said the so-called Towed Pinger Locator will be pulled behind navy ship HMAS Ocean Shield, searching a converging course on a 240 km (150 miles) track with British hydrographic survey ship HMS Echo.

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