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Man in wheelchair hurt after setting off explosion at Beijing airport

BEIJING (Reuters) – A man in a wheelchair detonated a home-made explosive in Beijing airport on Saturday evening, injuring himself and sending smoke billowing through the exit area of the international arrivals section of Terminal 3. Individual Chinese unable to win redress for grievances have in the past resorted to…

Indonesian officials seize 700 endangered pig-nosed turtles

Indonesian authorities have seized nearly 700 endangered pig-nosed turtles at the main airport serving the capital Jakarta, an official said Monday. The turtles, which were less than a month old, had been transported from the easternmost province of Papua to Soekarno-Hatta airport on a local carrier but their final destination…

Obama: Passing my jobs bill is good for the world

Speaking before a friendly audience at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Barack Obama took a broader view on the jobs bill he’s been pushing Congress to pass. Not only is it good for Americans, he said, but it’s also in the best interest of the world. “The single most important…

Court upholds use of airport body scanners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the use of full-body scanners to screen air travelers, but said the Transportation Security Administration should have sought public comment before deploying them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the machines, known as…

U.S. warning of airline plot to implant bombs in people

The White House said Wednesday there was no danger of an imminent attack on airplanes after reports that terror groups were mulling implanting bombs into the bodies of passengers. The assurances came after news that the US administration warned airlines that extremist groups were considering surgically implanting explosives into people…

Russian plane crash leaves 44 dead

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian plane exploded into flames after crashing on a highway just short of its airport, killing 44 and leaving eight survivors fighting for their lives, officials said Tuesday. The RusAir Tupolev 134 was trying to land at its destination of Petrozavodsk in the Karelia region of…

40 dead in Russia plane crash: official

MOSCOW (AFP) – Forty people died late Monday when a Russian plane crashed onto a highway near Petrozavodsk airport in Karelia, northwest Russia, the emergency situations ministry said as quoted by Russian news agencies. The RussAir TU-134 carrying 43 passengers and five crew tried to land just before midnight Monday…

Airport geese to be cooked for poor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City plans to capture pesky geese that threaten planes departing area airports and send them to Pennsylvania to be cooked for meals for the poor, city officials said. The plan is aimed at avoiding incidents like the forced landing of a U.S. Airways plane…

Hawaii TSA airport screeners fired over explosives lapse

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – US transport authorities announced Friday the sacking of more than 30 staff at Honolulu International Airport for failing to screen baggage properly for explosives. The Transportation Security Administration took the action after a probe on the US island state of Hawaii triggered in December when two…

Chile volcano ash carpets roads, rivers, runways

ENTRE LAGOS, Chile (AFP) – A vast cloud of ash spewing from a Chilean volcano disrupted air travel Wednesday across much of South America, as heavy rains around the eruption site prompted fears of mudslides. Air traffic was sharply curtailed on the continent as the ash cloud drifted over Argentina,…

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