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London Underground Struck by Terrorist Attack

London Underground Struck by Terrorist Attack

London was hit by yet another terrorist attack Friday morning when an explosive device went off in a crowded London Underground train in Southwest London.
The incident occurred at Parsons Green station on an eastbound District Line train coming from Wimbledon.
No deaths have been reported, although 22 people are in the hospital being treated for injuries mostly caused by panicked evacuation of the train.
BBC security corresponded Frank Gardner said that the …

U.K. to Ban All Credit Card Surcharges on Purchases, Calling Them a ‘Rip-Off’

U.K. to Ban All Credit Card Surcharges on Purchases, Calling Them a ‘Rip-Off’

The U.K.’s Treasury Ministry announced new rules on Tuesday that would bar retailers from requiring customers to pay a surcharge when using a credit card for payment.
“Rip-off charges have no place in a modern Britain,” said Stephen Barclay, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, in a statement. “This is about fairness and transparency, and so from next year there will be no more nasty surprises for people at the check-out just for …

U.K. Airports Considering Preclearance

U.K. Airports Considering Preclearance

Travelers departing for the United States from airports in the United Kingdom might be able to clear customs and immigration before departure if discussions between the U.S. government and the Home Office come to fruition.
Preclearance at the airport of departure would mean that travelers flying to the United States would be able to clear customs at the airport in the United Kingdom and would enter the United States for all …

London Bridge Terror Attack Leaves 7 Dead, Dozens Injured

London Bridge Terror Attack Leaves 7 Dead, Dozens Injured

Britain suffered its third terror attack in as many months late Saturday when three men in a white van jumped over the curb and began running down numerous pedestrians on London Bridge. They then exited the van brandishing hunting knives and started to stab people in the Borough Market, a popular gathering place.
At least seven people were killed in the two incidents, which began shortly after 10 p.m. local time, …

‘Major’ Computer Failure Grounds British Airways Flights Worldwide

‘Major’ Computer Failure Grounds British Airways Flights Worldwide

A computer glitch grounded the vast majority of British Airways flights Saturday and will continue to impact flights in the days to come.
The “major IT system failure” at the United Kingdom’s second largest airline started around 7 a.m. local time. The airline cancelled all Saturday departures from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports
“We are extremely sorry for the significant levels of disruption caused to customers and understand how frustrating their experiences …

U.K. Raises Terror Threat Level from ‘Severe’ to ‘Critical’ Following Manchester Bombing, Another Attack ‘May Be Imminent’

U.K. Raises Terror Threat Level from ‘Severe’ to ‘Critical’ Following Manchester Bombing, Another Attack ‘May Be Imminent’

The United Kingdom raised its terror threat level to the highest level, “critical,” after a suicide bombing in Manchester resulted in the death of 22 people.
The move was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, following a recommendation that it be raised to “severe” after a man identified by police as Salman Abedi set off a bomb at the Manchester Arena as crowds were leaving at the end of an Ariana …

U.S. and U.K. Ban Larger Electronic Devices in Cabins from Multiple Muslim-Majority Countries

U.S. and U.K. Ban Larger Electronic Devices in Cabins from Multiple Muslim-Majority Countries

The United States and the United Kingdom both announced bans on laptops, tablets, and other portable electronic devices in aircraft cabins on flights from multiple Muslim-majority countries.
The U.K. ban applies to six countries, namely Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia, while the U.S. ban covers ten airports in eight countries: Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
While the U.S. ban only impacts …