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US and UK laptop bans on some Middle East flights come into effect


A ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Turkey and some countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the US and UK has come into effect. Officials say devices “larger than a smartphone” must travel in the hold because of an increased risk that …

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Nigeria launches 48-hour online visa application system

Nigeria has launched an online system aimed at enabling business executives to apply for a visa online and collect it on arrival 48 hours later, its immigration service said on Thursday. The move to ease visa rules in the West African country follows complaints from foreign executives that obstructive embassy …

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Flying is about to get a bit more annoying for some people heading to the U.S.


If you’re impacted by the new rules, be sure to carefully pack your larger gadgets inside your hold luggage. New rules banning plane passengers from taking electronic devices larger than a mobile phone into the cabin will go into effect this week for airlines flying to the U.S. from eight countries. …

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Electronics banned from cabins and some middle Eastern and African flights to US

The US government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting on Tuesday. The reason for the ban was not immediately clear. US security officials would not comment. The ban was revealed on …

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Somali: Pirates suspected to have hijacked ship

Somali pirates are suspected to have hijacked a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter after the ship sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert told Reuters on Tuesday. The Dubai-owned Aris 13 is believed to be carrying eight crew members, …

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The Rabbit hole in farmer’s field leads to ‘mystery caves’


An apparently ordinary rabbit’s hole in a farmer’s field leads to an underground sanctuary said to have been used by devotees of a medieval religious order – but is everything what it seems? According to local legend, the Caynton Caves, near Shifnal, in Shropshire, were used by followers of the …

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