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EgyptAir plane hijacked to Cyprus, most passengers freed

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CYPRUS – A man strapped with explosives, hijacked an EgyptAir plane on a flight in the middle of Alexandria and Cairo on Tuesday and forced it to land in Cyprus, Egyptian authorities said.

After the plane landed at Larnaca airplane terminal, the hijacker released all the passengers of hijacked EgyptAir flight MS 181, except four foreigners and cabin crew, have been freed, Egypt Air said.

According to the official statement released by EgyptAir, the hijacker of Airbus A320 have freed all passengers, however they didn’t didn’t allow four foreigners and cabin crew to leave the plane.

“Negotiations with hijacker resulted in the release of all the passengers of the Egypt plane except cabin crew and four foreigners,” said the official statement. According to reports, the hijacker has been identified as Ibrahim Samaha.

EgyptAir flight MS 181 was hijacked by unknown persons and forced to land in at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus at 8:50 am. The flight had taken off from Alexandria and was supposed to land in Cairo. There were 81 people onboard.

According to reports, the pilot of the Airbus A320 was threatened with suicide belt and asked to divert the plane to Cyprus.

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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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