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New tar sands technology could be a game-changer for Alberta

Calgary - Ian Gates, an engineer at the University of Calgary thinks an invention he stumbled upon in the laboratory could transform the way Alberta gets its heavy oil to market.

Air France pilots and stewards strike for pay rise

Paris - Half of Air France's long-haul flights out of Paris were cancelled Thursday due to a strike over pay by pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.

Self-driving robotic delivery vehicles tested

The automation of retail is extending out in many directions, from self-service to drones. Another area being developed is with self-driving delivery vehicles. A new startup has unveiled a robotic solution.

Uber introduces UK safety measures amid licence battle

London - US ride-hailing app Uber on Friday announced new safety features for its service in Britain, as it appeals against the withdrawal of its licence in London.

Bulgaria bids for snap partial entry to Schengen area

Sofia - Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, called Thursday for Bulgaria to be given partial entry to the Schengen free movement area.

Back on track: Trains to return to historic Istanbul station

Istanbul - Built in the first decade of the 20th century as Europe's gateway to the east, Istanbul Haydarpasa railway station stands proudly on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, its gothic towers looming over the waters.

Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution

Frankfurt Am Main - "Car nation" Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines.

Millions of Chinese leave for Lunar holidays, but many may not return

Bejing - Millions have begun heading home from Beijing for Lunar New Year, but many this year will not return as China's capital becomes increasingly unwelcoming for the migrants from the provinces who once powered its economy.

Hong Kong police probe deadly bus accident

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police said Sunday they were investigating a deadly bus accident that left 19 people dead and scores more injured, with the bus driver arrested for dangerous driving.

19 dead, 60 hurt as Hong Kong double-decker bus overturns

Hong Kong - The driver of a double-decker bus that overturned in Hong Kong killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 60 was arrested on Saturday evening for dangerous driving, police said.

At least 18 killed, 50 injured as bus topples over in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - The driver of a double-decker bus that toppled over in Hong Kong killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 50 others on Saturday evening has been arrested for dangerous driving, police said.

Eight dead, three missing after China road collapse

Bejing - Eight people died and three were missing in southern China after a water leak inside a subway station construction site caused a major road to cave in, authorities said Thursday.

In court clash, Waymo says Uber decided 'to cheat' to get ahead

San Francisco - Two tech giants racing for a lead in autonomous driving clashed Monday in court as former Google car unit Waymo's lawyer argued that Uber's boss deliberately chose "to cheat" to get a leg up on competitors.

Preserved in time: WWII bunker hidden under Paris train station

Paris - It lies hidden deep beneath Paris's bustling Gare de l'Est railway station, its sprawling subterranean rooms and sparse furniture pristinely preserved if a little dusty.

Train carrying US Republicans hits truck, killing one person

Washington - A train carrying several dozen Republican lawmakers including US House Speaker Paul Ryan collided with a garbage truck Wednesday in Virginia, killing one person and sending six others, including a congressman, to hospital, officials said.

French railway loses discrimination appeal against Moroccan workers

Paris - France's national rail operator on Wednesday lost its appeal against a finding that it discriminated against hundreds of Moroccan workers arriving in the post-colonial era, damaging their careers.

French fishermen blockade Calais over electric pulse fishing

Calais - French fishermen protesting losses caused by electric pulse fishing in the North Sea blockaded the port of Calais on Thursday, backing up traffic on one of Europe's busiest shipping routes.

French fishermen block Calais port over North Sea pulse fishing

Calais - French fishermen on Thursday blocked the port of Calais, preventing cross-Channel ferries arriving or departing, to demand a ban on electric pulse fishing in the North Sea.

Four killed in German helicopter, plane collision

Berlin - Four people were killed on Tuesday when a small plane and a helicopter collided in southwestern Germany, police said.

Trio acquitted of negligence in Canada railway disaster

Montr - A Canadian jury on Friday cleared three railway workers of criminal negligence in one of the nation's worst train disasters, which killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec in 2013.

Drug crime concern mounts on Paris metro

Paris - Unions representing staff on the Paris metro staged strikes on Friday to denounce rising crime linked to crack and heroin use on the network.

Boris Johnson floats idea of bridge between UK and France

London - Foreign minister Boris Johnson floated the idea of building a bridge between Britain and France, during a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron, the French leader's office said Friday.

Stricken Turkish plane lifted from cliff after runway mishap

Istanbul - Turkish engineers using two cranes on Thursday successfully lifted back to the runway a passenger plane which skidded onto a muddy embankment metres from the sea and languished there for over half a week.

52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

Astana - Fifty-two people were killed Thursday when the Russia-bound bus they were travelling on caught fire in Kazakhstan, the central Asian nation's emergency services ministry said."On January 18 at 10:30 am (0430 GMT), a bus caught fire ...

Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040

Oslo - All of Norway's short-haul airliners should be entirely electric by 2040, the country's airport operator said on Wednesday, cementing the Nordic nation's role as a pioneer in the field of electric transport.

Turkey unveils route of 45 km 'Istanbul Canal'

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Monday unveiled the route of its planned new canal for Istanbul, a hugely ambitious 45 kilometre (28 mile) project designed to be its answer to the famed artificial shipping lanes in Panama or Egypt's Suez.

Building the transportation mobility cloud

Las Vegas - A new open platform has been proposed through a partnership between Ford and Silicon Valley-based Autonomic. The new technology will enable cities to build out infrastructure communications and connected traffic systems.

Cyclists furious over Paris bike hire chaos

Paris - Paris authorities threatened sanctions Wednesday against the new operator of the city's Velib bike hire system over a chaotic rollout that has left cyclists seething.

France to cut highway speed limits as auto deaths rise

Paris - The French government said Tuesday it would lower the speed limit on two-lane highways to 80 kilometres per hour from 90 kilometres (55 miles) per hour, hoping to reverse an alarming rise in road deaths in recent years.

Jerusalemites show a leg for worldwide 'No Pants' ride

Jerusalem - Tram passengers in Jerusalem stripped down to their underwear Sunday for the worldwide annual "No Pants Subway Ride", drawing embarrassed smiles and dumbfounded stares from fellow travellers.
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A C-130 transport comes in at a steep angle.
A C-130 transport comes in at a steep angle.
The AEC Q-type is an AEC-built single- and double-deck bus that was launched in 1932.
The AEC Q-type is an AEC-built single- and double-deck bus that was launched in 1932.
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A diagram showing Scania's prototype system for wirelessly charging a bus in 6-7 minutes at a dedicated bus stop.
Scania wirelessly charged bus system
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TRANSYLVANIA AUGUST 2013
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E/S Movitz, the world's first supercharged ferry, Stockholm, Sweden.
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The C-130 Hercules aircraft
The C-130 Hercules aircraft
China s  road-straddling  bus will drive over traffic jams.
China's 'road-straddling' bus will drive over traffic jams.
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One group of the massed flypast, including Cessna Caravans and VIP tranporter Beechcraft KingAirs.
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Many buses are now part of integrated and connected transport services.
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The classic London Transport symbol and font has rarely changed over the past 150 years.
A French TGV high-speed double-decker train
A French TGV high-speed double-decker train

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