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Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96, Succeeded by King Charles III

Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96, Succeeded by King Charles III

Her Majesty the Queen, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died Thursday at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace said.
Prince Charles, 73, who has been heir to the throne since the age of three, is now king,  His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, is now Queen Consort.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said that “[T]he Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” adding that “[T]he King and the Queen Consort will …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 3: Death Toll in U.S. Remains High, Euro 2022 Women’s Championship Was Likely a Superspreader

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 3: Death Toll in U.S. Remains High, Euro 2022 Women’s Championship Was Likely a Superspreader

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 846th day of the pandemic.
Remember the first Covid superspreader?
It was the annual management meeting held by Biogen, a multinational biotechnology company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Despite headlines and expert warnings of the “novel coronavirus,” many meetings went on.  This one was held in February 2020.
A few days later, in early March, …

British Airways Suspends Sale of Short-Haul Tickets from Heathrow

British Airways Suspends Sale of Short-Haul Tickets from Heathrow

British Airways said Tuesday it is suspending, for approximate one week, the sale of tickets for short-haul flights from London Heathrow Airport.
The British flag carrier said that the move was intended to ease disruption at the airport caused by overwhelming demand and staffing shortages.
Last month, the British Airports Authority told airlines to stop selling tickets for summer travel, saying it would limit departures to 100,000 passengers per day, 4,000 fewer …

Heathrow to Limit Number of Passengers During Summer Travel Season

Heathrow to Limit Number of Passengers During Summer Travel Season

The CEO of London’s Heathrow Airport said that the aerodrome would limit the number of passengers it accepts through mid-September, citing significant staff shortages that have led to long lines, lost baggage, flight cancellations, and significant delays.
In a letter published on Tuesday, John Holland-Kaye told airlines to stop selling new tickets to reduce the strain on the airport as the industry continues to recover from the first two years of …

Worldwide Chaos Greets Travelers at Airports Ahead of Major Travel Periods

Across the globe, passengers were greeted at airports and by airlines with chaos and meltdowns. Post-lockdown staff shortages and passenger unrest are blighting what was once a tolerable, if not pleasant, experience on both sides of the Atlantic.
Indeed, just when travelers are returning in droves to the skies, they are finding that the skies suddenly can’t handle the increased demand.
The end of coronavirus test requirements and isolation periods should have …

U.K. Issues Warning After Polio Found in London Sewage

U.K. Issues Warning After Polio Found in London Sewage

Health officials in the United Kingdom are being advised to ensure that they and their children are up-to-date with their polio vaccinations.
The warning came after scientists found evidence that the polio virus might be spreading in the country for the first time in decades.
The U.K. Health Security Agency declared a national incident after polio virus was discovered in the course of routine London sewage samples.
No cases have been reported thus …

JetBlue Gains Permanent Heathrow Slot, Adds New Flight to Gatwick, and Enhances Ground Experience

JetBlue Gains Permanent Heathrow Slot, Adds New Flight to Gatwick, and Enhances Ground Experience

JetBlue Airways announced Monday it had secured permanent take-off and landing slots at London’s Heathrow Airport and that it planned to add an additional flight from New York to London Gatwick Airport.
Access to the airline’s permanent slots goes into effect on October 29, 2022.
“The U.S. – U.K. air corridor is among the busiest in the world and to effectively compete JetBlue is adding more flights across the North Atlantic, growing …