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The Sydney Opera House Says Thank You to the Brave Firefighters

Photograph by Ken Leanfore This past weekend, the Sydney Opera House illuminated its iconic sails in a show of support for everyone affected by the devastating bushfires in Australia. “We want to send a message of hope and strength, and importantly to thank the emergency services and volunteers for their incredible efforts and courage.” The photo by Ken Leanfore was shared across the Opera House’s social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). In a further effort to assist — and raise funds — the Opera House is also hosting a huge comedy…

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Qantas Sydney to Perth flight evacuated via slides after smoke fills cabin

Terrifying ordeal forced plane to return to Sydney airport shortly after takeoff Passengers on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth evacuated via slides after the Airbus A330 was forced to return as the cabin filled with smoke. Qantas said flight 575 returned to Sydney shortly after takeoff on Sunday morning due to a hydraulic issue. Once back at the gate, the captain made the decision to evacuate the aircraft as a precaution and three emergency slides were deployed, the airline said in a statement. Passengers were evacuated through both…

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