Over 600 passengers affected as fault halts Aer Lingus jet

Around 660 Aer Lingus passengers had their travel plans disrupted over the last 24 hours due to a technical issue with one of its aircraft.

A flight from Dublin to JFK Airport in New York and the subsequent return flight  from JFK to Dublin were cancelled yesterday due to what an Aer Lingus spokesman called "a technical issue with one of the aircraft in the fleet".

Around 600 passengers in total on the flight to New York and on the return flight were reaccommodated the spokesman said.

Earlier today an Air Lingus flight from Dublin to Orlando, using the same aircraft, an Airbus A330, was also cancelled for the same reason, the spokesperson said, with 66 passengers affected.

Trump to host Abbas at White House

US President Donald Trump will host Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas at the White House on 3 May for talks on efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, the White House said.

"They will use the visit to reaffirm the commitment of both the United States and Palestinian leadership to pursuing and ultimately concluding a conflict-ending settlement between the Palestinians and Israel," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

Eurozone March inflation confirmed at 1.5% but core rate revised up

Eurozone core inflation was higher than initially forecast, the European Union's statistics office has said, while confirming its estimate for the headline figure. 

Eurostat confirmed inflation in March in the eurozone slowed down to 1.5% year-on-year from a four-year high of 2% recorded in February. 

But core inflation, which excludes volatile prices of energy and unprocessed food and which the European Central Bank monitors closely, was revised up to 0.8% year-on-year in March from an earlier estimate of 0.7%. 

The core figure remained, however, lower than the 0.9% recorded in February. 

Dozens killed in bus crash in India

At least 44 people were killed after a bus swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a deep ravine in a Himalayan region of northern India.

The bus, with 56 passengers on board, plunged into a river in northern Himachal Pradesh state around 115km from the capital Shimla.

India has some of the world's deadliest roads with more than 150,000 fatalities annually due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Four dead after Greek army helicopter crash

Four Greek army officers were killed when their helicopter crashed in a hilly area in the centre of the country, military authorities said.

A female sergeant major on board the military aircraft was injured but is expected to recover.

The Huey UH-1H helicopter had left early this morning from Larissa, in the centre of the country, heading north toward Kozani.

State television ERT said the helicopter likely hit power cables.