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Back same-sex marriage, Qantas boss urges Australia firms

Corporate Australia should speak out in support of same-sex marriage, Qantas chief Alan Joyce said Friday as he pledged to donate a «significant amount» of money to boosting the «Yes» campaign in an upcoming national vote.

Australian carrier Qantas records strong profits

Australian carrier Qantas posted healthy annual net profits Friday backed by a strong domestic market, as it announced a share buyback and flagged plans to offer direct flights to London and New York.

Uber must get licences as ordinary taxi firm

Ride-hailing app Uber may be a pioneer in its field but at heart it is an ordinary taxi company and should be regulated as such, a top EU lawyer said Thursday.

India bans red car beacons to end elitist culture

India said Wednesday it will ban ministers and senior officials from using red beacons on their cars to cut through traffic, a longstanding privilege that has caused resentment and accusations of elitism.

United reports solid profits, vows better customer treatment

United Continental reported sharply lower first-quarter earnings Monday but they still bested analyst expectations, and the airline vowed to remake its customer service after its rough treatment of a passenger stoked global outrage.

New York sinks millions into new ferry service

New York is launching a new ferry service on May 1, offering a quicker and cheaper commute into Manhattan for hundreds of thousands of people traveling from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

Indian metro probes porn screened at busy station

Hardcore pornography that flashed onto a giant screen at one of Delhi's busiest metro stations has prompted red-faced rail authorities to launch an investigation, an official said Sunday, after footage of the incident was shared widely online.

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Cape Town, all naked bike to manifest for the environment

In Cape Town in South Africa hundreds of cyclists took part in the Naked Bike Ride (NBR), pedaling through the city wearing only underwear, showing off some body painting and other naked performing. The organizers promote the use of bicycles as an alternative means of transport to the most polluting vehicles.

Qatar Airways launches world's longest flight

Qatar Airways launched the world's longest scheduled commercial service with its inaugural flight from Doha to Auckland taking off eight minutes early on Sunday, a company spokeswoman said.

Second Sydney airport cleared for take off

Sydney is to get its second international airport after the Australian government approved plans on Monday, ending decades of indecision over a facility that will initially handle 10 million passengers a year.

Grab expands self-driving car trial in Singapore

Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing firm Grab on Friday teamed up with a US-based software developer to run a limited public trial of a self-driving car service in Singapore.

Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels

Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights and European railways froze links with Brussels Tuesday after a series of bombs blasts killed around 35 people in the city's airport and a metro train, sparking a broad security response.

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