No landing nod, NZ flight to China returns midway
An Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai turned back several hours into its journey on Sunday after discovering it did not have permission to land in China, the airline said. Flight NZ289 carrying about 270 passengers left Auckland shortly before midnight on Saturday only to return about 10am on Sunday (2100 GMT Saturday). It turned around several hours into the flight. “A technicality meant the particular aircraft operating this service did not have Chinese regulatory authority to land in China,” the airline said. China’s foreign ministry
‘Hitler’ paintings fail to sell at Germany auction
Five paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler failed to find buyers at an auction on Saturday held amid anger at the sale of Nazi memorabilia. High starting prices of between ¤19,000 and ¤45,000 ($21,000 and $50,000) and lingering suspicions about the authenticity of the artworks were thought to have scared off potential buyers. The Weidler auction house did not comment on the reasons for the failure but said the paintings could yet be sold at a later date. Nuremberg’s mayor Ulrich Maly had earlier condemned the sale as being “in bad taste”.