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Panic As Security Forces Surround Plane After Cat Sneaks Into Cockpit

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Security forces surrounded a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aeroplane on Friday after a cat sneaked into the cockpit.

The pilot had signalled “danger on board,” Geo TV reported on Friday.

There were 30 passengers on board.

A spokesperson for the national carrier, Mashood Tajwar, said the plane that was set to depart from the city of Karachi was already on the runway when the pilot had to turn around.

“It is normal in such cases that the airport police and fire department come to the plane,” he said.

The cat fled from the cockpit into the cabin when staff tried to catch it,  reporters said.

Only after several attempts could it be caught and taken off the plane.

“We are now investigating how the cat could get in there and hide,” Tajwar said.

The plane was parked in a remote part of the airport before the flight, he said.

The plane was headed for the port city of Gwadar on Pakistan’s south-western coast.

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Tunisia: former President Ben Ali confirmed dead

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All time, former Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile aged 83, his family says.

Ben Ali led the country for 30years and was credited with delivering stability and some economic prosperity.

But he received widespread criticism for suppressing political freedoms and for widespread corruption.

In 2011, he was forced from office following mass street protests. This triggered a wave of similar uprisings across the Arab world.

At least half a dozen countries in the region saw their president fall or conflicts break out in the wake of the former Tunisian leader’s downfall, in what became known as the Arab Spring.

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Gantz refuse’s Netanyahu offer on unity government

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After a vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival.

Israel’s weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw his offer on Thursday for a coalition with his strongest political rival,  Gantz, swiftly rebuffed after failing to secure a governing majority in a tight election.

Netanyahu’s surprise move was an abrupt change of strategy for the right-wing leader. Its rejection could spell weeks of wrangling after Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive national ballot in April.

Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party emerged from the second round of voting this year slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, but also short of enough supporters in the 120-member parliament for a ruling bloc.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, said in a video clip in which he urged Gantz, the country’s former military chief, to meet him “as soon as today”, that he had pledged during the election campaign to form a right-wing, Likud-led government.

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