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Italy capital in security lockdown for EU celebrations

Rome - The Italian capital was preparing Friday for a high-security lockdown as 27 heads of state or government head to Rome for the European Union's 60th anniversary celebrations.

Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profits

Paris - A carry-on ban by Washington and London for laptops on flights from some airports will hit the profits of affected airlines, especially the lucrative business class segments of Gulf carriers, analysts said Thursday.

Pilot passed out drunk before takeoff faces jail

Calgary - A former Sunwing pilot pleaded guilty in a Calgary courtroom to having care and control of an aircraft while impaired. Unlike other pilots who have been discovered a little tipsy, Miroslav Gronych had passed out in the pilot’s seat prior to takeoff.

Philippines complains drug war reports hurting tourism

Bangkok - The Philippines's tourism secretary urged the media Wednesday to "tone down" coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.

Op-Ed: Electronic device ban on flights may not relate to security

Washington - The United States is barring passengers on direct flights from eight Muslim-majority countries from carrying any electronic devices larger than a mobile phone according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

New platform offers improved in-flight WiFi

WiFi services on aircraft are notoriously inefficient: often slow and prone to cutting out. Too overcome this, technologists have developed an extension called ScaleUp that significantly improves web browsing speeds at 30,000 feet.

Laptops, tablets on airplanes: what's the threat?

Paris - The United States and Britain have banned laptops and tablet computers from passenger cabins on certain airlines' flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, citing terror threats. Why this measure now?

UK issues laptop, tablet flight ban after US warning

London - Britain tightened airline security on flights from Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa on Tuesday, banning laptops and tablet computers from the plane cabin following a US security warning.

Laptop and tablet bans on flights: What we know

London - Britain and the United States have announced bans on laptops and tablet computers from the cabin of flights from several Middle East and North African nations.

US bans laptops, tablets on flights from Turkey and Arab world

Washington - The United States warned Tuesday that extremists plan to target planes with bombs in electronic devices and banned such equipment from passenger cabins on flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre shrine renovation completed

Jerusalem - A major restoration project at the shrine inside the Jerusalem church where Jesus is said to have been buried was completed Monday ahead of its inauguration, an AFP reporter said.

And the world's happiest country is... Norway

New York - A chilly climate isn't keeping Norway from basking in the glow of being named the world's happiest country on Monday.

Banksy West Bank hotel to receive first guests

Bethlehem - Secretive British street artist Banksy's hotel next to Israel's controversial separation wall was due to welcome its first customers Monday, two weeks after its surprise launch.

Poland clears airport plan for takeoff

Varsovia - Poland's government approved Wednesday plans to build a large new airport outside the capital Warsaw that it hopes could become a passenger and cargo hub for central and eastern Europe.

South Africa's 'chicken feather' painter brushes off fame

Siyabuswa - Esther Mahlangu's colourful geometric artwork is exhibited in galleries around the world, but she remains in her South African village unfazed by fame and determined to preserve her ethnic Ndebele culture.

Up on the roof, revamping Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Istanbul - Atop Istanbul's iconic Grand Bazaar -- the scene of a high-speed motorbike chase in the 2012 James Bond film "Skyfall" -- a full force drive to revamp it has begun.

Armchair Traveler — The stone kingdom of the Great Zimbabwe

In the southeastern hills of Zimbabwe, not too far from Lake Mutirikwe, visitors will find one of the most stunning historical monuments in Africa - The UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Great Zimbabwe.

Hotel gives advice on what to do if their guests are kidnapped

Rostov - A Manchester United fan was surprised when he found paperwork in his hotel room. The paperwork included advice on what to do if you are kidnapped.

More than 650 flights grounded as Berlin ground crew strike

Frankfurt Am Main - More than 650 flights at the German capital Berlin's airports were cancelled Friday as ground crews launched a fresh round of strikes, airport operator FBB said.
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