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Two women arrested in Britain on terror grounds

British police arrested two women on Thursday on suspicion of terror offences, including one who was about to catch a flight to Istanbul, Scotland Yard said. Counter-terror police arrested the women aged 26 and 27 "on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism", London's police headquarters said. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman would not comment on whether the arrests were in connection with foreign fighters travelling to fight in Syria, across the border from Turkey.

BA plane clips Johannesburg airport building

A British Airways airplane carrying 202 people struck an office building at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport with its wing while taxiing for take-off late on Sunday, slightly injuring four, aviation authorities said. The Boeing 747-400 en route for London Heathrow Airport took a runway that was too narrow for the plane, said South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokeswoman Phindiwe Gwebu on Monday. "This resulted in the aircraft's right-hand wing impacting the office building," she told AFP.

Fog causes 200 flight cancellations in Britain

Thick fog in Britain on Thursday forced the cancellation of nearly 200 flights at London's Heathrow airport, one of the world's busiest. Most of the flights grounded were heading to destinations in Britain or Europe. A Heathrow spokeswoman told AFP: "We're looking at 190 cancellations at the moment. They're mostly short-haul -- a mixture of flights to mainland Europe and domestic flights." The conditions also caused flights arriving at Heathrow to be delayed by an average of one hour, while departing flights were subject to similar delays.

Britain faces furore over Snowden-linked detention

British authorities faced a furore Monday after they held the partner of a journalist who worked with Edward Snowden to expose US mass surveillance programmes for almost nine hours under anti-terror laws. David Miranda -- the Brazilian partner of Glenn Greenwald, an American journalist with Britain's Guardian newspaper -- was held on Sunday as he passed through London's Heathrow Airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro from Berlin.

Partner of NSA leaks journalist held for 9 hours

British authorities faced a furore Monday after they held the partner of a journalist who worked with Edward Snowden to expose US mass surveillance programmes for almost nine hours under anti-terror laws. David Miranda -- the Brazilian partner of Glenn Greenwald, an American journalist with Britain's Guardian newspaper -- was held on Sunday as he passed through London's Heathrow Airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro from Berlin.

Britain detains partner of journalist linked to Snowden

By William James LONDON (Reuters) - British authorities used anti-terrorism powers on Sunday to detain the partner of a journalist with close links to Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who has been granted asylum by Russia, as he passed through London's Heathrow airport.

US shares slip after last week's big rally

US stocks opened slightly lower Monday after last week's strong gains as a disappointing June retail sales report kept buyers cautious. Ten minutes into trade the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.58 (0.01 percent) to 15,462.72. The broader S&P 500 slipped 1.52 (0.09 percent) to 1,678.67, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite lost 6.18 (0.17 percent) at 3,593.90.

Fire on Ethiopian Airlines plane shuts London's Heathrow

London's Heathrow airport suspended both of its runways on Friday after a parked Ethiopian Airlines plane caught fire, but no casualties were reported. "Both runways have been suspended after a fire onboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane," a spokeswoman for the west London airport told AFP. "Emergency services are currently dealing with the incident. No one was on board so there were no casualties." Television images showed the Boeing 787 Dreamliner surrounded by pools of foam, with three fire engines on the scene.

General Electric says Boeing 787 fire doesn't involve engines

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co <GE.N> said on Friday that the fire aboard an Ethiopian Airlines 787 at London's Heathrow Airport doesn't involve the engines. The company, which makes engines for the jet through its GE Aviation subsidiary, said it is monitoring the situation but has no further comment on the Boeing Co <BA.N> aircraft. The fire at Heathrow dealt a fresh blow to the U.S. planemaker, which earlier this year saw the 787 grounded for three months after two batteries overheated.

British lawmakers reject 'Boris Island' airport plan

British lawmakers on Friday urged the rejection of plans to build a new airport east of London on the River Thames and instead backed the expansion of Heathrow, already one of the world's busiest air hubs. Parliament's Transport Committee warned that the Thames proposal, dubbed "Boris Island" after its biggest champion, London Mayor Boris Johnson, would be extremely expensive and could harm local wildlife.
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