November 4th, 2010
07:01 AM ET

World update: Qantas grounds A380s after engine scare

The Qantas plane at Singapore

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Thursday:

Qantas emergency landing - A Qantas Airbus A380 superjumbo made an emergency landing in Singapore with 459 people aboard, after one of its four engines failed over western Indonesia.  The airline has grounded its fleet of six A380s until an investigation is complete. Read the full story

Greece letter bombs - Greek air cargo and airmail transport remains suspended after embassies and European leaders were targeted by a series of letter bombs.

Chinese president visits France - Chinese President Hu Jintao is scheduled to pay a working visit to France. France and China have been in talks for the past year over whether there should be heightened co-ordination of exchange rates to promote stability of the international monetary system in the wake of the financial crisis. Mr Hu is expected to meet the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and other senior political figures for talks.

Xbox launches Kinect - The new Xbox Kinect is due to be released in the U.S. today and on November 10 in Europe. Kinect allows gamers to interact with the game by moving their body in front of an advanced camera. Jim Boulden takes a look at how this will change the gaming industry, and the large amount of cash the games generate each year.

Zimbabwe investment - Zimbabwe's ministers of finance and indigenization are in South Africa Thursday to declare their country open for business. But analysts say until Zimbabwe has a credible government that can restore law and order, calls for increased trade will not be heeded. A law forcing foreign companies to give away majority stakes to black Zimbabweans has recently worsened the situation.  

Silicon Valley in East London? - British PM David Cameron, in a speech to an audience of high-tech businesses and entrepreneurs, will announce the government’s ambition for London’s East End to be transformed into a world-leading technology city to rival Silicon Valley.

Israel-UK spat – UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has moved to smooth over a diplomatic row with Israel, promising swift action to stop pro-Palestinian protesters targeting its officials with arrest warrants when they visit the country. 

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. marblenc

    Great, now what airline is Rainman supposed to fly?

    November 4, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      This has got to be the weirdest day of my life... well, so far.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tim Teng

    Lucky day for China today.

    1. A380 blew an engine, and Sarkozy (i.e. Airbus via EU consortium via EU/China politics) is trying to ink a 100-plane deal w/ Hu Jintao.

    2. A380 blew an engine, and Boeing (i.e. US/China politics) will try to get into the play.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |