US cancels ICBM test amid conflict in Ukraine

This picture taken on Dec 26,  2011 shows the Pentagon building in Washington, DC. (STAFF / AFP) WASHINGTON - The United States has canceled a planned test-launch of its Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in a bid to lower the nuclear tensions with Russia amid the ongoing military conflict in...

No concession on relaxing flight suspension rule: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Saturday dismissed reports that her administration was making a "major concession" by planning to loosen the flight suspension mechanism. Her remarks came as local media reported that lobbying from the aviation industry had resulted in the government deciding to further relax the suspension order, under...

‘HK should scrap flight suspension mechanism’

Representatives of the tourism industry and domestic helper agencies have urged authorities to lift or adjust the flight suspension mechanism, saying it's no longer appropriate to temporarily ban specific flights from landing in Hong Kong just because several passengers tested positive for Covid-19. Speaking on an RTHK radio show on...

Hongkongers welcome easing of flight ban

Hong Kong residents currently stranded in nine countries amid a Covid flight ban have welcomed the government’s decision to lift the restriction, saying they’re glad to finally be able to return to the SAR. Chief Executive Carrie Lam had announced on Monday morning that from April 1, Hong Kong residents...

Flight bans for eight countries extended to March 4

The government has extended pandemic flight bans for eight countries by two weeks and added Nepal to the list, prohibiting inbound flights from these places until March 4. There have been no flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States since early...

HK bans Nepal Airlines for two weeks over Covid

Health authorities have banned Nepal Airlines from flying passenger flights from Kathmandu to Hong Kong for two weeks, after four passengers on a December 14 flight were confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. Officials said the four were found to carry the virus by arrival testing at the airport, triggering...

3 crew members dead as Russian military plane crashes

In this March 30. 2019 photo, Russian military transport plane Ilyushin Il-112V conducts its first flight in Voronezh, Russia. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY ILYUSHIN AVIATION COMPLEX) MOSCOW - The only flight prototype of Russia's new Il-112V light military transport aircraft crashed in the Moscow region on Tuesday, killing all three crew...

HK could be lifting UK flight ban on Friday: Govt

The government said on Tuesday that its flight ban on the United Kingdom and Ireland could be lifted on Friday - if the coronavirus situation there and in Hong Kong "remains largely unchanged". The travel ban has been in place since last December, when a mutant strain of Covid-19 rocked...

Nepal flights banned as virus concerns grow

Hong Kong has banned all flights from Nepal and barred travellers who've been to the country within the past two weeks from entering the SAR as concern continues over mutated strains of Covid-19. Officials announced late on Thursday that, from Saturday, Nepal would be added to a list of extremely...

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter takes flight on Mars

This NASA photo obtained on April 19, 2021 shows NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter captured in this shot as it hovered over the Martian surface on April 19, 2021, during the first instance of powered, controlled flight on another planet. (HANDOUT / NASA/JPL-CALTECH / AFP) NASA's miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity performed...