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Qatar Airways says it will not board passengers on its flights from Zimbabwe and South Africa "with immediate effect." The move comes after the World Health Organization deemed the new COVID-19 Omicron variant a "variant of concern." See all newslettersThe new Omicron COVID-19 variant is concerning scientists, prompting countries and airlines to impose travel restrictions from a number of African nations. On Friday, Doha-based Qatar Airways tweeted that it will not allow passengers to board flights from South Africa and Zimbabwe. The decision follows the World Health Organization's increasing concern that the new COVID-19 variant is more transmissible.
Persons: Organizations: Qatar Airways, World Health Organization, Doha, Qatar, Public Health, Health, WHO, KLM Locations: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Doha, Johannesburg, Durban, DUR, Harare, HRE, Qatar, FlightAware, Netherlands, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Amsterdam, Cape Town
United Airlines and Delta Air Lines are the only two US airlines impacted by new travel restrictions to southern Africa. Both airlines fly non-stop between the US and Johannesburg, South Africa, with United planning to also fly to Cape Town, South Africa starting December 1. Flights to South Africa were temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic but both airlines resumed flying in 2021. United Airlines and Delta Air Lines are currently the only American airlines serving South Africa, from where travel will be restricted from November 29. Flights only resumed in 2021 well after South Africa reopened its borders to international visitors.
Persons: , Delta Organizations: Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Service, United Airlines, United, Cape Town, Atlanta -, Delta, Airbus, Boeing, Biden, Qatar Airways, Emirates, African Airways, Centers for Disease Control Locations: Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, Cape Town , South Africa, United, South Africa's, Cape, Delta, Atlanta, Atlanta - Johannesburg, Newark, Washington, Accra, Ghana, Lagos, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, Malawi, Namibia
Empty vials of the "Comirnaty" Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen inside a waste package at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center in Madrid, Spain, November 24, 2021. Pfizer and BioNTech said that if necessary they expect to be able to ship a new vaccine tailored to the emerging variant in approximately 100 days. "We understand the concern of experts and have immediately initiated investigations on variant B.1.1.529," BioNTech said in a statement when asked to comment. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register"We expect more data from the laboratory tests in two weeks at the latest. These data will provide more information about whether B.1.1.529 could be an escape variant that may require an adjustment of our vaccine if the variant spreads globally," it added.
Persons: Sergio Perez, BioNTech, BioNTech ADRs, Johnson, Ludwig Burger, Carl O'Donnell, Kirsten Donovan, Matthew Lewis Organizations: Pfizer, BioNTech, REUTERS, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, Moderna, Global, EU, Evercore ISI, Thomson Locations: Madrid, Spain, FRANKFURT, South Africa, Wuhan, Qatar, Frankfurt, New York
The posts did not give any indication whether or not the content was paid for by the company. Iniesta did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters sent via Twitter. In a tweet released a few hours after Iniesta's, the Spanish market regulator told him he should be thoroughly informed about cryptocurrencies before making any investment in them or recommending others to do so. "Hi @andresiniesta8, cryptoassets, being unregulated products, carry some significant risks," the regulator told the soccer player on his Twitter account. Several cases of assets vanishing or platforms being hacked or going bust have been reported in the past few years.
Persons: Al Janoub, Al, Vissel Kobe's Andres Iniesta, Andres Iniesta, Iniesta, Inti Landauro, Aida Pelaez, Fernandez, Edmund Blair Organizations: Soccer Football, AFC, League, Suwon Bluewings, Al, REUTERS, Reuters, Twitter, Barcelona, Spanish national, Kobe, cryptocurrencies, Thomson Locations: Kobe, Al Wakrah, Qatar, Al Omari MADRID, Spanish, Japan, Instagram
It was unclear how the verdict would affect Benzema’s standing on the national team. France dropped Benzema from the squad in 2015 because of the case, an exile that continued through the team’s World Cup victory in 2018. But Didier Deschamps, the French coach, surprisingly recalled him this year for the European Championship. Since his return to the national team, Benzema has been a key player, despite France’s early exit from the Euros. Benzema has won three Spanish titles and four Champions Leagues with Real Madrid.
Persons: Benzema, Didier Deschamps, Noël Le Graët, Deschamps, Qatar —, Karim Zenati Organizations: France, European, Kazakhstan, Real Madrid, FIFA, Ballon Locations: French, France, Qatar
Woodside Petroleum (WPL.AX) and BHP Group (BHP.AX) gave final backing on Monday to the $12 billion plan to develop the Scarborough natural gas field off Western Australia and expand the onshore Pluto LNG plant to process the fuel. Woodside expects to produce about 8 million tonnes of LNG per annum at the to-be-built second train at its Pluto liquefaction plant, and is targeting first cargo in 2026. Woodside argues that Scarborough contains "only around 0.1% carbon dioxide, and Scarborough gas processed through the efficient and expanded Pluto LNG facility supports the decarbonisation goals of our customers in Asia." FINANCINGWhile there is likely to be ongoing and highly visible opposition to Scarborough, there are also other concerns more behind the scenes. As part of the deal, Woodside entered into an agreement to sell 49% of the planned second LNG train at the Pluto processing plant to private equity group Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).
Persons: David Gray, Woodside, GIP, Muralikumar Organizations: Australia's Woodside Petroleum, REUTERS, Woodside Petroleum, BHP Group, BHP, reuters.com Register Scarborough, Woodside, Conservation Council, Western, Global Infrastructure Partners, Scarborough, Thomson Locations: Sydney, Australia, LAUNCESTON, Scarborough, Woodside, Western Australia, Asia, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Russia
Online payments giant Stripe is still in no rush to go public, with co-founder John Collison telling CNBC the company is happy staying private for now. "We're very happy as a private company," Collison said, speaking in an interview with CNBC's Hadley Gamble at the Fintech Abu Dhabi festival. "Part of where our patience stems from is the fact that it feels like we are very early in Stripe's journey." "This is a massive region that is just starting to inflect in terms of its own growth," he added. The fintech company was last valued at a whopping $95 billion, making it worth more than Uber ahead of the ride-hailing firm's initial public offering.
Persons: John Collison, " Collison, CNBC's Hadley Gamble, Collison, we're, It's, Patrick Organizations: CNBC, Bloomberg, United Arab, Google, PayPal Locations: Abu Dhabi, Persian, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE
The report didn’t specify how many were related to the World Cup. Qatar disputes Amnesty’s findings and argues that the mortality and safety statistics for migrant workers were in line with international standards. Workers accommodation during a tour at the construction site of the Al Bayt Stadium on Jan. 9, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. Everyone knows migrant workers are dying. Have migrant workers died due to heat exhaustion?
Persons: Karim Jaafar, , Romanos, Al, Lars Baron, Bongarts, Qataris, Alois Hug, Barun Ghimire, , ” Ghimire, Ghimire, aren’t, who’s Organizations: NBC, International Labor Organization, Workers, Wakrah, Qatari, Doha, Getty, ILO, Amnesty, Denmark’s, Qatari Supreme, FIFA, Supreme, Workers ’ Welfare, Government Communications Office, Al Locations: Qatar, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Kenya, Doha, Gulf, , Norway, Germany, Armenia, Egypt, Qatar’s, Arab, Al Thumama
A test version of the Boeing 777X jetliner is seen at Doha International Airport, in Doha, Qatar, November 17, 2021. Goldman Sachs says companies with accelerating sales growth will be few and far between next year, so the firm identified several growth names investors can snap up now.
Persons: Goldman Sachs Organizations: Boeing, Doha International Airport Locations: Doha, Qatar
World champion race car driver Lewis Hamilton will wear an LGBTQ flag on his helmet for the upcoming Grand Prix in Qatar on Nov. 21. The 36-year-old British racer, who is Black, has been very vocal about human rights issues and has dedicated much of his platform to speaking out against human rights violations. However, the upcoming race has raised concerns over human rights and equality in the Arab nation. Qatar has been the center of numerous human rights violations. Formula One, in a statement on its website, said it is “committed to respecting internationally recognized human rights in its operations globally.”The racing league also outlined steps that it will take to ensure it is respecting human rights in its activities, including respecting the rights of its employees and monitoring the impact of its events.
Persons: Lewis Hamilton, ” Hamilton, , Hamilton, Stephen Cockburn Organizations: Prix, Formula, BBC Sport, Independent, Guardian, Amnesty International, FIFA, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Qatar, Hungary, Hungarian
FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa (LHAG.DE)is in talks with Boeing (BA.N) on buying a possible new freighter version of the 777X jetliner, while welcoming competition with a new Airbus A350 cargo plane, Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said on Friday. "We have been negotiating about this morning, but there is much more negotiation to be done," Spohr said at an event to present the upcoming Boeing 777X passenger plane. Qatar Airways said this week it had an "interesting" proposal from Boeing for a potential 777X freighter, for which it is widely expected to be a launch customer later this year. Speaking in Frankfurt, Spohr said Lufthansa would be the first airline to receive the 777X passenger plane in 2023. It also expects to receive its first Boeing 787 plane on time for the summer season next year.
Persons: Carsten Spohr, Spohr, Cargolux, Ilona Wissenbach, Riham, Thomas Escritt, Tim Hepher Organizations: Germany's Lufthansa, Boeing, Airbus, Boeing 777X, Dubai Airshow, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Bloomberg News, Lufthansa, Thomson Locations: FRANKFURT, BERLIN, Frankfurt, Qatar, Luxembourg, Toulouse, U.S, Europe
Sturzaker is representing a total of seven women preparing to sue Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport, and the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority over the forced examinations. In his letter to Qatar Airways, Sturzaker wrote that the women wanted to have a "respectful dialogue between all parties involved." But Qatar Airways declined their request, with general counsel Krishan Sinnadurai responding in a November 1 letter seen by Insider: "Your request that Qatar Airways Q.C.S.C. (Qatar Airways) engages in dialogue and/or mediation regarding the matters raised in the letter is respectfully declined on the basis that a claim against Qatar Airways has no merit." Qatar Airways and Embassy of the State of Qatar in Canberra, Australia, did not respond to Insider's requests for comment for this story.
Persons: Damian Sturzaker, Sturzaker, Akbar Al Baker, Qatar's, didn't, Krishan Sinnadurai, Saad Al, Mahmood Organizations: Service, Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Qatar, Australian, New York Times, Qatar Airways Q.C.S.C, Embassy Locations: Doha, Sydney, Australia, Europe, Qatar, State, Canberra
Airbus landed 408 orders for aircraft at the Dubai Airshow ranging from the new A350 Freighter to the A220-300. DHL Express placed an order for nine Boeing 767-300BCF, or Boeing Converted Freighter, aircraft while aircraft leasing company Icelease ordered 11 Boeing 737-800BCFs. Emirates followed with a newly-revealed order for two new Boeing 777-200 Freighter aircraft to expand its Emirates SkyCargo fleet. Boeing did succeed in generating excitement for its newest and largest twin-engine aircraft, the Boeing 777X. Having first flown in January 2020, the Dubai Airshow marked the first-ever international trip for the 777X and the first time members of the public were allowed onboard.
Persons: , Thomas Pallini, Icelease, Max, FlightGlobal Organizations: Airbus, Freighter, Boeing, Max, Cargo, Service, Privacy, DUBAI, Dubai, Indigo Partners, Wizz, American carrier Frontier Airlines, Volaris, JetSmart, Air Lease Corporation, Air Lease, Jazeera Airways, Nigeria's Ibom Air, Tanker Transport, United Arab Emirates Air Force, Air Defence, DHL Express, . Emirates, Emirates SkyCargo, Emirates, Israel Aerospace Industries, Akasa, Federal Aviation Administration, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa Locations: Dubai, Chilean, Indonesia, ., Qatar, Germany
Qatar weighs 'attractive' Boeing offer for cargo jets
  + stars: | 2021-11-17 | by ( Andrew Mills | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
A test version of the Boeing 777X jetliner is seen at Doha International Airport, in Doha, Qatar, November 17, 2021. The comment from one of the world's largest cargo players is the latest indication that Qatar Airways may help inaugurate a new freighter version of Boeing's future 777X jetliner. Qatar Airways says it operates 26 Boeing 777 freighters, 2 747-8 freighters and 6 Boeing 777-300ER mini-freighters. Al Baker said Qatar Airways expected to receive its first passenger version of the 777X in 2023. The 777X freighter is expected to carry about 110 tonnes of cargo, compared with 109 tonnes for the A350 freighter.
Persons: Andrew Mills, Akbar Al Baker, Al Baker, Boeing's, Ihssane Mounir, Lina Najem, Tim Hepher, Jan Harvey, Edmund Blair, Bernadette Baum Organizations: Boeing, Doha International Airport, REUTERS, Andrew Mills DOHA, Qatar Airways, Dubai Airshow, Airbus, Thomson Locations: Doha, Qatar, Dubai
REUTERS/Lucas JacksonDUBAI, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways is yet to decide on future plans for around 50 Airbus (AIR.PA) A320neo and Boeing (BA.N) 777X jets it previously ordered, its chief executive said on Wednesday, raising uncertainty over billions of dollars of aircraft sales. Asked about Airbus A320neo and Boeing 777X ordered by previous management, Douglas said the airline was focused on sustainable growth and that a final decision had not been made. Uncertainty over deliveries and when the industry would recover from the pandemic had added to the complexity of making a decision on future fleet plans. The airline had three years to decide on what it would do with the A320neo order, while a decision on the 777X jets was "way down the road". Etihad, which is in the midst of a five year downsizing to become what it calls a "mid-sized carrier", has 26 A320neo jets and 25 777X on order, according to the planemakers.
Persons: Lucas Jackson DUBAI, Abu, Tony Douglas, Douglas, Alexander Cornwell, Edmund Blair, Kirsten Donovan Organizations: Etihad Airways, REUTERS, Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, Airbus, Boeing, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Airbus A320neo, Etihad, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S
NEW YORK — American journalist Danny Fenster, who was freed after nearly six months in jail in military-ruled Myanmar, arrived Tuesday in the United States for an emotional reunion with his family. It’s been a “long time coming, a moment I had been imagining so intensely for so long,” a bearded and shaggy-haired Fenster said after landing in New York. Danny Fenster greets his mother Rose on Tuesday. The takeover and the ensuing crackdown have drawn condemnation and sanctions from the United States and others. “The United States welcomes the release of Danny Fenster from detention in Burma,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said.
Persons: Danny Fenster, Bill Richardson, Nobel, Aung, Suu Kyi, It’s, Fenster, Fenster’s, Rose, ” Fenster, Julianna, Timothy A, Clary, , Danny, , Richardson, Buddy, , Aye Moe, ” Richardson, Andrew Bates, Bryan Organizations: NBC, Getty, Frontier, United Nations, Security, Assistance Association for Political, United, Yangon International Airport, Wayne State University Locations: American, Myanmar, United States, U.S, Suu, New York, , Detroit, Qatar, AFP, Frontier Myanmar, New Mexico, Burma, Yangon, Louisiana, Southeast Asia
A Qatar Airways flight takes off from the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 10, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSDOHA, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Qatar Airways expects to receive its first delivery of Boeing 777x aircraft in 2023, its Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said on Wednesday on the sidelines of a Boeing presentation. The airline is also considering an imminent purchase of a freighter aircraft and is mulling an "attractive proposition from Boeing", Al Baker added. Reporting by Andrew Mills; Writing by Lina Najem; Editing by Nadine Awadallah and Jan HarveyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Akbar Al Baker, Al Baker, Andrew Mills, Lina Najem, Nadine Awadallah, Jan Harvey Organizations: Qatar Airways, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS DOHA, Boeing, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, WANA
The World Cup Loses Its First Star
  + stars: | 2021-11-17 | by ( Rory Smith | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
Injury meant he would not be able to take the field for Norway’s most significant match in 20 years. The Netherlands’ return to partial lockdown last weekend meant, with the game played behind closed doors, he would not even be able to support his national team from the stands. Two minutes into the game, he posted an image of the game’s television broadcast on Instagram, accompanied by a Norwegian flag and the heart emoji. Norway needed to beat the Netherlands, in Rotterdam, to have a chance of qualifying automatically for its first World Cup since 1998, and its first major tournament since 2000. Haaland would have been fit by then, and a fit Haaland would have changed everything.
Persons: Erling Haaland, Haaland, Locations: Netherlands, Norwegian, Norway, Rotterdam, Turkey, Montenegro, Qatar
The plane from Kabul touched down in Qatar around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Two 13-year-old musicians — Zohra and Farida, a trumpet player and a violinist — disembarked and ran toward their teacher. Most arrived in the past week, boarding four special flights arranged by the government of Qatar, after months of delays. They eventually plan to resettle in Portugal, where they expect to be granted asylum. “It’s such a huge relief,” Ahmad Naser Sarmast, the head of the school, said in a telephone interview on his way back from greeting the girls at the airport on Tuesday.
Persons: — Zohra, Farida, , Afghanistan National Institute of Music —, , ” Ahmad Naser Sarmast, Organizations: Afghanistan National Institute of Music Locations: Kabul, Qatar, Doha, Portugal
Planemakers grab deals at Dubai Airshow
  + stars: | 2021-11-16 | by ( Alexander Cornwell | Tim Hepher | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
DUBAI (Reuters) -Global aerospace firms have secured tentative or firm orders for more than 400 airplanes at the Dubai Airshow, building on signs of a recovery from a global pandemic that has shattered the industry’s profits. People visit the Lockheed Martin Aerospace company display during the Dubai Airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 15, 2021. Most of the planes ordered were narrowbody models in highest demand from low-cost carriers like Europe’s Wizz Air and Boeing’s latest customer, Indian startup Akasa. Nigerian carrier Ibom Air, owned by the Akwa Ibom state government, confirmed a deal for 10 Airbus A220s. An Airbus spokesman said, “All deliveries are agreed with the customer and it is the customer’s privilege to announce them.”
Persons: Stringer, , , Bertrand Grabowski, Kuwait’s Jazeera, Marwan Boodai, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, planemaker, Akasa, Tim Clark, Clark Organizations: Reuters, Global, Dubai, Lockheed Martin Aerospace, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Airbus, Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways, Boeing, Airlines, Kuwait’s, Ryanair, Ibom Air, Qatar Airways, Emirates, The Emirates Locations: DUBAI, Dubai, United Arab, India, , Asia, China, Nigerian, Akwa Ibom, Doha, Gulf
Look no further: Villa Aurora, a real estate and art gem in the Italian capital is up for sale. The property, which sprawls over 2,800 square metres including a lush garden, is home to the only known ceiling mural by Italian baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio. It will go to auction on Jan. 18 with an opening bid of 471 million euros ($535 million). The mural alone is valued at 310 million euros. Villa Aurora is also filled with sculptures, antiques and statues, including one of Pan attributed to Renaissance master Michelangelo.
Persons: Carvaggio, Remo Casilli ROME, Villa, Michelangelo Merisi, Caravaggio, Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte, Prince Nicolo Boncompagni Ludovisi, Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi, Bill Gates, Cardinal Del Monte, Pluto, Il, Federico Fellini's, Villa Aurora, Pan, Michelangelo, Giulia Segreti, Gavin Jones, Gareth Jones Organizations: Villa Aurora, REUTERS, Reuters, Microsoft, Via Veneto, Thomson Locations: Villa, Rome, Italy, Texas, Qatar, Aurora
The dossier alleges serious misconduct and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia's government. Steele, citing these sources heavily, wrote a series of memos detailing alleged coordination between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign team. One of the Trump campaign representatives present at the meeting, JD Gordon, has since denied intervening in the platform hearing. What happenedThe CIA established a US counterintelligence task force last spring to investigate whether the Trump campaign received funds from Russia. But Millian appears to have begun downplaying his ties to the Trump Organization after Western reporters started digging into Trump's Russia ties last summer.
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Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson says American journalist Danny Fenster has been released from prison in Myanmar. Richardson said in a statement Monday that Fenster had been released from prison and handed over to him in Myanmar and would be soon on his way home via Qatar. “This is the day that you hope will come when you do this work,” Richardson said. “We are so grateful that Danny will finally be able to reconnect with his loved ones, who have been advocating for him all this time, against immense odds.”Danny Fenster. Fenster’s sentence was the harshest punishment yet among the seven journalists known to have been convicted since the military took power.
Persons: Bill Richardson, Danny Fenster, Richardson, Fenster, ” Richardson, Danny, Ned Price, Nobel, Aung, Suu Kyi Organizations: U.S, Reuters Fenster, Frontier, State Department Locations: American, Myanmar, Qatar, Frontier Myanmar, Suu
Japan's Jera to buy $2.5 bln stake in Freeport LNG from GIP
  + stars: | 2021-11-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Yuka ObayashiTOKYO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Jera said on Monday it will pay about $2.5 billion for a stake in Freeport LNG in the U.S. to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), which said earlier it will invest about the same sum in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Australia. Jera, the world's biggest buyer of LNG, is acquiring the 25.7% stake in Freeport LNG Development (FLNG) to secure long-term supplies of gas for power generation and to "respond flexibly to the LNG supply and demand situation in the Asian region," the company said in a statement. ,The United States now rivals other big LNG suppliers like Qatar and Australia, where GIP agreed to paying, initially, about $2.7 billion to Woodside Petroleum (WPL.AX) to help build the seller's planned expansion of its Pluto LNG project. read moreIn the U.S., FLNG operates the Freeport LNG project in Texas, which has three trains, and is planning to start up another in around 2026. JERA, which already has a share of Train 1 of Freeport LNG, said in its statement it "will also work with FLNG to advance new LNG projects including production capacity expansion and the development of Train 4."
Persons: Yuka Obayashi TOKYO, Japan's Jera, GIP, Pluto, FLNG, Aaron Sheldrick, Kim Coghill Organizations: REUTERS, Global Infrastructure Partners, Jera, Development, United, Woodside Petroleum, Pluto, U.N, Thomson Locations: Hekinan, Japan, Freeport LNG, U.S, Australia, Freeport, United States, Asia, Qatar, Texas
A group of women say they were strip searched when a baby was found in an airport. The women, many of whom remained anonymous, said they were strip searched at Hamad International airport last October, Agence France-Presse reported. Women from 10 different flights were searched, AFP reported. It is not clear how many women were searched and how many are involved in the lawsuit, though AFP reported that the group searched included 13 Australian women. Sturzaker said the women wanted to highlight what happened to them before the 2022 soccer World Cup, which Qatar is hosting.
Persons: Damian Sturzaker, Sturzaker, Khalid, Khalifa, Abdulaziz Al Thani Organizations: Service, Doha, Hamad International, Agence France, AFP, Qatar's, Qatar Airways, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Locations: They're, Qatar, Australia
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