The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) plans to raise the mandatory retirement age for pilots from the current 60 as part of a strategy to ease the shortage faced by Chinese airlines. The agency has yet to arrive at a decision on the exact age, but it plans to implement the change in two or three years. Source AIN Online
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Italian auction house Sant’Agostino said on Wednesday that bidders at its next sale will be able to settle up in Bitcoin, a world first according to the auctioneers. Early next week, around 600 Italian and foreign design objects, mostly pieces of furniture, will go under the hammer at Sant’Agostino and “Bitcoins will be accepted as payment”, the Turin auction house said in a statement. Source TheLocal
Pyongyang could stage an unprecedented strike on the US at an unexpected time, the North Korean state run news agency KCNA warned on Thursday. The threat came as the South Korean and US navies conduct massive joint drills amid increasing tensions over the north’s nuclear and missile ambitions. Source: Sputnik
Indian warships have entered Vladivostok on Thursday to take part in the first Russian-Indian joint-force drills dubbed “Indra-2017,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd rank Nikolay Voskresensky said. Source: TASS