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PHOTOS: How many animals live at the London Zoo?

PHOTOS: How many animals live at the London Zoo?The yearly stock-taking sees staff at the Zoological Society of London facility work through all the herds and packs and flocks, from tigers and penguins to jellyfish.



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Police 'unequivocally' affirm London airport drone sightings

Police 'unequivocally' affirm London airport drone sightingsLONDON (AP) — Chagrined county police in England insisted Monday that drone sightings over London's Gatwick Airport were authentic, while a local man who was arrested and cleared as a suspect in the aerial mystery that brought days of travel havoc said he felt "completely violated."



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British police scramble for clues in London airport drone chaos

British police scramble for clues in London airport drone chaosBritish police scrambled for answers Sunday after releasing their only suspects in the London Gatwick Airport drone mystery that brought Christmas getaway flights to a standstill. Nearly 140,000 passengers were affected over three days of disruption Wednesday through Friday as Britain’s second-busiest airport shut down because of repeated reports of drone sightings. A damaged drone found near the airport was being forensically examined, police said, but it was not immediately clear whether it was connected to the sightings.



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Pair freed without charge in London airport drones probe

Pair freed without charge in London airport drones probeA man and a woman arrested over the drone disruption that brought Christmas getaway flights to a standstill at London’s Gatwick Airport were released without charge on Sunday, police said. A 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from the town of Crawley, near Britain’s second-busiest airport, were arrested on Saturday. “Both people have fully co-operated with our enquiries and I am satisfied that they are no longer suspects in the drone incidents at Gatwick,” Sussex Police detective chief superintendent Jason Tingley said in a statement.



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Two held over London airport drone chaos as flights resume

Two held over London airport drone chaos as flights resumeTwo middle-aged people were being held Saturday over the suspected “criminal use of drones” at London’s Gatwick Airport, where flights were returning to normal after three days of pre-Christmas disruption affecting 140,000 passengers. Police swooped on a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from town of Crawley, which neighbours Britain’s second-busiest airport. A Gatwick spokesman said the airport planned to run a full schedule of 757 flights carrying 124,484 passengers on Saturday.



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London Gatwick Turns to Army as Drones Ruin Holiday Getaway

London Gatwick Turns to Army as Drones Ruin Holiday GetawayGatwick Chief Executive Officer Stewart Wingate said the criminal intrusions involving two drones were “highly targeted” and designed to close the airport with maximum disruption in the run up to Christmas. With night falling and authorities apparently no closer to finding the perpetrators, U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that military assistance would be provided to help end the disruption, the worst at a London airport since blizzards closed the city’s main Heathrow hub in 2013. “Obviously once it gets dark you cannot physically see a drone, which will make it more difficult, but the police are out in force trying to spot it,” Gatwick spokeswoman Mandy Armstrong said by phone.



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Drone intrusion brings London Gatwick Airport to standstill

Drone intrusion brings London Gatwick Airport to standstillLondon Gatwick Airport was forced to suspend all flights Thursday due to drones flying over the airfield, causing misery for tens of thousands of stuck passengers just days before Christmas. Flights into Gatwick, south of the British capital, were diverted to other airports while passengers waiting to take off faced gruelling delays. Gatwick is the eighth-busiest airport in Europe and sits behind Mumbai as the world’s busiest single runway air hub.



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Army joins drone hunt after London airport shutdown

Army joins drone hunt after London airport shutdownBritain called in the army Thursday after dozens of drone sightings grounded all flights from London’s Gatwick airport for more than 24 hours, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded on one of the busiest days of the year. The airport, which closed its only runway Wednesday night after “reports of two drones flying in and around the airfield”, said late Thursday it could not be reopened following further appearances of the devices. “Gatwick’s runway remains unavailable because of continued drone sightings,” it said in a 11:00pm (2300 GMT) update.



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No-deal Brexit more likely amid 'confused' situation in London, France says

No-deal Brexit more likely amid 'confused' situation in London, France saysA costly British exit from the European Union without a negotiated deal is increasingly likely, France’s European affairs minister said on Monday, after British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a vote on a deal in the face of defeat. “We must not lose sight of the fact that despite the latest developments, a rejection of the withdrawal agreement is more and more likely,” Nathalie Loiseau told lawmakers. “The risk of a no-deal exit would also be an exit that would be undoubtedly extremely costly for the United Kingdom but which would be damaging for the EU too.” “Some are drawing up other scenarios and the confusion in London remains particularly strong,” she added.



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Michelle Obama revisits London school that inspired education drive

Michelle Obama revisits London school that inspired education driveMichelle Obama returned on Monday to the London girls’ school that inspired her global education initiative when she was U.S. First Lady, nine years after her first visit as part of a tour to promote her memoir. Obama urged students to believe they could do anything if they were prepared to work hard enough and called on colleges and universities to do more to attract less privileged pupils. The ethnically diverse school, which Obama visited in 2009 on her first official trip to Britain, has around 60 languages spoken among its 900 female pupils.



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