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Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane’s engine for luck

SHANGHAI: A superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours on Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac. Eight of…

100kg gold coin stolen from Berlin museum

BERLIN: Thieves stole a gold coin with a face value of US$1 million (S$1.39 million) and weighing 100 kilograms from Berlin's Bode Museum on Monday (Mar 27). According to German media, the stolen coin is the "Big Maple Leaf", a commemorative piece issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007. The coin, 53 centimetres across and three centimetres thick, features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and maple leaves on the other. Bode Museum gave the face value of the coin at US$1 million, although the market…