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Irish boat firm gets Gulf deal

AN Irish marine firm celebrated the completion of a prestigious contract for the Polish Navy by confirming an order for a powerful craft from a Middle Eastern customer.

Safehaven Marine, which is based in Cobh, Co Cork, has taken an order to build a 55m catamaran for the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research.

According to Safehaven managing director Frank Kowalski, it is expected to lead to further follow-on orders from the Middle East for the Cork boat builders, which employs 30 workers.

AirAsia plane aborts flight

Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X said one of its flights heading from Malaysia to Saudi Arabia turned back yesterday shortly after take-off due to a technical problem, circling for hours before landing safely in Kuala Lumpur.

The incident comes after an AirAsia plane crashed into the Java Sea on December 28 while flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, killing all 162 people on board. It was the first fatal accident for AirAsia. AirAsia X is the group's long-haul arm.

Hostages in attack plot

Two staff members of a Sydney cafe have revealed how they plotted to stab a gunman who held them hostage during a 16-hour siege in December.

Joel Herat (21) and Jarrod Morton-Hoffman (19) said in paid TV interviews that they armed themselves with box cutters after gunman Man Horan Monis took them and 16 other people hostage in the Lindt Cafe in central Sydney.

"I've got this knife in my pocket and I know Joel has a knife in his pocket and we are so close, we can do this," Mr Morton-Hoffman said.

"But Monis had his gun pointed directly at Julie Taylor (a pregnant hostage)," Mr Morton-Hoffman said.

Thelma & Louise may hit the road

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon may be heading out on the road again - a quarter century after the release of their Oscar-winning film Thelma & Louise.

Davis says she and Sarandon are currently hashing out ways to mark 25th anniversary of the film about a girl's road trip gone bad.