World's best airline for 2018 revealed

    "We're very ecstatic," Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore's senior vice president of customer experience, told CNN, shortly after senior staff and crew took to the stage at a glitzy ceremony in London on Tuesday. The top prize in what is seen as the aviation industry's equivalent of the Oscars, was one of four awards taken home by Singapore. It also claimed best first class, best airline in Asia and best first class seat. Qatar, which held the crown in 2015, 2012 and 2011 -- as well as 2017 -- didn't leave empty handed, with the airline's Group CEO Akbar Al Baker taking to the stage to pick up award after award. The Doha-based carrier took home prizes for best business class, best airline in the Middle

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    World sport: 10 photos we liked this week: 9-15 July

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    The ways Trump and Putin see eye to eye

    From collusion and meddling to wanting US-Russia relations reset, how the leaders were on the same page.

  • 11-year-old girl in India raped by 17 men since January, police say

    New Delhi (CNN)An 11-year-old girl from the Indian city of Chennai was raped by 17 different men who worked in the building she lived in, local authorities said on Tuesday. The incidents took place from mid-January, according to S. Rajendran, the deputy commissioner of police for Chennai's Kilpauk district. The 17 men -- who worked in the building as security and facilities personnel -- are under arrest, according to Rajendran. This latest case follows a string of others that have rattled India in recent months.

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    Cuba plane crash: Company blames crew

    A plane crash in Cuba which killed 112 people was caused by "human error", the Mexican charter company which owns the plane says. Damojh Airlines said a study of the data recorders showed the Boeing 737 had taken off too steeply. Mexican pilots' union ASPA said Damojh's statement, which was released before the official investigation has concluded, was "irresponsible". The crash was one of the worst to happen in the Caribbean for decades. The Boeing 737 and its Mexican crew had been leased from Damojh by Cuban state airline Cubana when it came down 20km (12 miles) south of the Cuban capital, Havana. Eyewitnesses described seeing the jet burst into flames before crashing into a field close to a

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    Rose gold: The fashion trend that just won't go away

    Walk along a fashionable street, from London to Jakarta, and you're likely to see passers-by wearing at least one item of rose gold clothing, or carrying a rose gold bag or accessory. The colour, an unusual shade of pink, seems to be everywhere these days, but it's gone far beyond fashion and jewellery. At Milan Furniture Fair in April - the largest annual interior furnishings fair in the world - rose gold kitchens were all the rage. The colour has been popping up vividly at weddings, in cakes at trendy patisseries, and if you need a new set of wheels, now you can get a rose gold car. But why is it so popular? Apple iPhone 6S For most of the general public, the first we'd ever heard of the colour

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    Meet the Bella-bound The Van T's

    Ahead of their first appearance at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, singer and guitarist Hannah Van Thompson provides the music event's fans an introduction to the Glasgow-based alt-rock band The Van T's. "Myself and [twin sister] Chloe were born in Dundee and our Mum's family are from there," says Hannah. "We're proud of that and are Dundee United fans." "We were raised near Glasgow though," she adds. "Joanne [Forbes] is from Broughty Ferry and is probably the most Dundonian of all of us. Shaun [Hood] is from Duntocher, near Clydebank." 'Fondest memories' While The Van T's will be making their first appearance at Bella, the long-established festival held in August near Beauly, Hannah is