BREAKING Qatar to refer airport officials to prosecutors

  ABC News Australia and The Guardian Australia are reporting that Qatar will refer the officials involved in the forced examinations of women at the Hamad International Airport to prosecutors. The Qatari government also stated that those involved did not follow standard procedures and their actions were “illegal”. In a preliminary report on the incident…

More female passengers were forced to undergo vaginal inspections than previously said at Doha Airport

Female passengers on 10 planes flying out of Doha were forced to endure invasive physical examinations, Australia’s foreign minister said Wednesday, greatly expanding the number of women previously thought affected. It was revealed on Sunday that women were removed from a Sydney-bound Qatar Airways flight in Doha earlier this month and forced to undergo vaginal…

11th hour Virgin Australia bid

Virgin Australia bondholders have made an 11th hour bid to try to recapitalise the airline, two days after Administrators Deloitte received final offers from the two final bidders, Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital Partners. Under the bondholders proposal they would recaptilise the airline to the value of $800 million with an additional $125 million to…

Virgin Australia bidders narrowed down to two

Local media is reporting that Deloitte have narrowed Virgin Australia’s potential buyers down to two – Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital Partners. The original shortlist also included US based budget airline investor Indigo Partners and Australian company BGH Capital. Bain Capital has $US105 billion ($A155 billion) in assets under management and has former Jetstar chief…