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Frightened foreigners flee Libya ‘hell’

Foreigners told Thursday of hellish scenes in Tripoli as they fled the chaos engulfing Libya, with countries worldwide sending planes and warships in a desperate bid to evacuate their nationals. Anarchy descended on Tripoli airport as thousands of foreigners packed into the terminal to try to escape the widening crisis,…

Libya revolts: Live updates

THIS IS AN AFP LIVE BLOG OF THE LIBYAN UPRISING: POSTS TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY… Watch live coverage of the events in Libya from Al Jazeera English. TRIPOLI (AFP) – 1650 GMT: Kadhafi threatens strikes against protesters like Tiananmen Square. 1649 GMT: Britain will send a charter flight to Libya…

New York airport bomb plotter handed life sentence

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced an Islamist militant to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of participating in a plot to bomb New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Russel Defreitas, 67, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Guyana, was found guilty in…

TSA agents admit to stealing $160,000 from bags at JFK Airport

Law enforcement authorities said Wednesday that two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers had been arrested for stealing from bags at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified agents Davon Webb, 30 and Persad Coumar, 44, as the suspects. Coumar had been an agent since…

Anti-stimulus Republican Allen West endorses stimulus-funded projects

WASHINGTON – Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who won his House seat partly by bashing the stimulus and government spending, this week hailed stimulus-funded projects for creating jobs and boosting economic growth. “It’s time for incumbent Ron Klein to admit his ideas just don’t work. The stimulus failed to produce…

TSA tests less-revealing airport scanners

The US Transportation Security Administration began rolling out new airport scanner software Tuesday that produces less revealing images of travelers. The new software “enhances privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images and instead auto-detects potential threat items and indicates their location on a generic outline of a person,” the TSA said. McCarran…

US airlines cancel flights as winter storm bears down

CHICAGO/ATLANTA – US airlines canceled thousands of flights on Tuesday ahead of a blizzard that has promised near-record snowfall in the U.S. Plains and the central Midwest. The storm was expected to stretch across 2,000 miles — dumping up to 2 feet of snow in the central and upper Midwest,…

Russian state media assails Activision, ‘Call of Duty’ in wake of airport terrorist attack

Since Moscow’s busiest airport was hit by a suicide bomber who killed 35 people and injured 150 others, at least one state-sponsored media outlet has embarked on a narrative that should be familiar to Americans who’ve watched their media since the Tucson shootings: searching for someone, or something, to blame.…

Suspected suicide bomber strikes busy Moscow airport

Moscow’s busiest airport was devastated by an explosion Monday afternoon, caused by a suspected suicide bomber, according to Russian state media. The attack hit Moscow’s Domodedvo airport, the Russian capital’s busiest of three. State news agencies reported 35 fatalities and an additional 150 people were injured by an explosion near…

TSA bans bikini woman for ‘unusual contour’ around buttocks

A woman who became a YouTube sensation earlier this month when she went through airport security in a bikini spent a night at the airport Tuesday because of TSA agents’ concerns about an “unusual contour” around her buttocks. Tammy Banovac says she is hand-searched every time she goes through airport…

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