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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 October, 2002, 12:00am
 

UN listens to pilots' pleas


Bonn (Oct 18): West German police commandos blasted their way into the hijacked Lufthansa jet at Somalia's Mogadishu airport early today and freed all 86 hostages - 90 minutes before a deadline to blow it up.


United Nations (Oct 22): Angry airline pilots have postponed their threatened 48-hour worldwide strike after the United Nations agreed to a quick full-session debate on air piracy.


The International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations had called the strike for Tuesday to protest against the killing of a West German Lufthansa pilot by hijackers five days ago.


But the Federation's Hongkong-based President, Captain Derry Pearce, said that the strike had been indefinitely postponed after meetings with the UN Secretary-General, Dr Kurt Waldheim, and other officials.


Strike struck


Canberra (Oct 19): The Federal Government rushed through tough new anti-strike legislation before Parliament tonight.


The action was in response to a crippling power strike in Victoria, which threatens to plunge the country into its worst industrial crisis in 32 years.


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