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Britain, Battered by Weather Bomb, Sees Floods, Landslides, and Travel Chaos

Britain, Battered by Weather Bomb, Sees Floods, Landslides, and Travel Chaos

Britain was battered by a major storm over the weekend that brought widespread flooding, high winds, and significant damage, as well as widespread travel chaos.
The storm christened Storm Dennis by the U.K. Meteorological Office and classified as a “weather bomb,” was the second strongest non-tropical storm on record in the North Atlantic Ocean.
With winds in excess of hurricane force, the storm brought widespread damage and chaos to parts of England, …

Heathrow Airport Returns to Normal After IT Meltdown

Heathrow Airport Returns to Normal After IT Meltdown

At London Heathrow Airport, the large displays throughout the various terminals that directed passengers to their gates were frozen in time for much of Sunday.
“Do not rely on any information from these screens,’ read notes on A4 paper taped to the displays.
The IT outage also impacted baggage delivery systems and impacted arriving aircraft waiting for a gate and passengers awaiting their luggage.
The problem, which brought operations at Heathrow Airport to a …

British Airways 747 Flight Hits 825 MPH, Shatters Record for Fastest Subsonic Flight Between N.Y. and London

British Airways 747 Flight Hits 825 MPH, Shatters Record for Fastest Subsonic Flight Between N.Y. and London

A British Airways Boeing 747 broke a speed record and a record for the fastest ever subsonic flight between New York and London after it hit a ground speed of 825 mph (1,327 km/h) early Sunday morning.
British Airways Flight 112, which took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport at 6:48 p.m. Saturday, managed to hit that speed thanks to a major storm that was speeding towards the British Isles.  The …

Brexit: Britain Leaves the European Union

Britain officially left the European Friday at 11 p.m. GMT.  The move was accompanied by the removal of the U.K. flag from EU buildings in Brussels and numerous celebrations in the United Kingdom.
It took three prime ministers, 43 months, and thousands of debates and newspaper editorials from both sides to get Brexit done.  The moment was marked by a pre-recorded address by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Johnson declared a “new beginning” …

Brexit is Happening on Friday: Here’s What You Need to Know

Brexit, the departure of the United Kingdom or Britain from the European Union, will take place Friday at 11 p.m. GMT.
Britain is leaving the bloc following a 2016 referendum in which 17.4 million people voted in favor of Brexit, giving the so-called Leave side 52% of the vote.
Despite the hoopla, little will change immediately.
A transition period begins immediately after Brexit and will continue through December 31, 2020. During this 11-month period, …

Queen Elizabeth: Harry and Meghan Are No Longer Working Members of the Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth: Harry and Meghan Are No Longer Working Members of the Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth II announced late Saturday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer working members of the royal family.
“I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” the queen said in a statement, adding that”Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.”
The couple is “required to step back from Royal duties, including …

Queen ‘Supportive’ of Harry and Meghan’s Plans for a ‘New Life’

Queen ‘Supportive’ of Harry and Meghan’s Plans for a ‘New Life’

Queen Elizabeth II said Monday that the royal family had “very constructive discussions” about the future of her grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, at a meeting on Monday.
Present at the meeting were Prince Charles, the queen’s son and heir, Prince Harry, and his brother, Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne.
The queen said she would permit the couple to make the …