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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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London, Paris, Berlin demand 'credible' Khashoggi probe

London, Paris, Berlin demand 'credible' Khashoggi probeBritain, France and Germany insisted Sunday that “light must be shed” on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance. In a joint statement, Britain’s foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany’s Heiko Maas said whoever was responsible for the Saudi journalist’s disappearance must be held to account. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage.



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London Mayor Pushes For Second Brexit Vote

London Mayor Pushes For Second Brexit VoteAlarmed by the possibility of a bad or "no-deal" Brexit, London Mayor Sadiq



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Balloon of mayor Khan in bikini flies over London

Balloon of mayor Khan in bikini flies over LondonCritics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Saturday launched a big balloon caricaturing him in a yellow bikini “in retaliation” for the “Baby Trump” blimp he let fly over Westminster in July. The stunt was staged by Yanny Bruere, who describes himself as a free speech advocate, and funded through nearly £60,000 ($ 78,000, 67,000 euros) in donations on a crowdfunding website. It follows activists flying a giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as an orange nappy-clad baby during demonstrations on July 13 against his visit to Britain.



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A Blimp Resembling a Bikini-Clad Sadiq Khan Will Be Allowed to Fly Over London

A Blimp Resembling a Bikini-Clad Sadiq Khan Will Be Allowed to Fly Over LondonIt imitates a blimp that flew during President Trump's visit to London in July



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