New York steps up security

May 25, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 25 May 2017: New York authorities, Monday, stepped up security at sensitive sites after a deadly bomb blast at a concert in Britain, although officials said there was no indication of a threat to US targets.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was ordering additional patrols at “high-profile locations” including airports and the subway “out of an abundance of caution” after the assault at the show by US pop star Ariana Grande.

“This apparent act of terrorism, targeting a concert attended by thousands of teenagers and young people, is an inexplicable and abhorrent assault on our universal values as human beings,” Cuomo said in a statement. Read more

Security check delays flight

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 24 May 2017: A Virgin Atlantic flight to London was delayed, Tuesday, in Dubai for extra security checks, authorities said, hours after a bombing killed at least 22 people in northwest England.

“Dubai Airports confirms that the departure of a Virgin Atlantic aircraft was delayed, until additional security checks were carried out,” the airport authority said on Twitter.

“These were carried out in close cooperation with Dubai Police and the airline, following which the aircraft was cleared for departure,” it added. Read more

Bomb on coup anniversary

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 May 2017: A bomb that struck a Bangkok military hospital, Monday, wounded 24 people according to the latest count.

One victim required surgery to the jaw while most of the others injured suffered from cuts caused by flying glass.

The attack occurred three years to the day after the Thai army seized power in the politically unstable kingdom. Read more

Bomb blast at Bangkok hospital

May 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 May 2017: A small bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital, Monday, wounding more than 20 people, police said, three years to the day since the army seized power of the politically unstable kingdom.

Thailand remains starkly divided since the 22 May 2014 coup, but dissent has broadly been silenced by a military with sweeping security powers.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast, but the country has a long history of small bombs being used by various political and militant groups, especially during significant anniversaries. Read more

US may extend laptop ban

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 7 April 2017: The United States may soon expand its ban on air passengers carrying computers on board on US-bound flights, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.

The threat of a terror group trying to blow up an aircraft mid-flight is constant, he told a Senate hearing on border security, suggesting that the current ban might not have gone far enough.

“It’s real, I think it’s getting realer,” he said of the threat. Read more

Threats to airport security

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

MONTREAL, 30 March 2017: The Canadian government said on Wednesday that it would take steps to counter any potential threats following a report saying workers at Montreal’s airport had been radicalised.

“The security and safety of all Canadians in airports and elsewhere remains a priority for this government. And we’ll continue to work with all partners to ensure that our airports remain secure,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

According to the Journal de Montreal newspaper, at least four workers at the Montreal international airport had their security clearances revoked after showing signs of radicalisation. Read more

Laptop or bomb who knows?

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: The latest inflight ban on laptops and other devices larger than a mobile phone sends mixed messages, most of them the worrying kind.

Once the US declares an aviation related ban it is usually adopted worldwide. Within hours the UK introduced a similar ban and Canada is likely to follow later today.

Right now the US ban relates to 10 airports in the Middle East and airlines based there that fly to US destinations, but three of the identified airports – Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi – are major hubs for global networks. Read more

Laptops banned on US-bound flights

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 22 March 2017: The United States and Britain on Tuesday banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

American officials warned that extremists are seeking “innovative” ways to attack airliners with smaller explosive devices hidden in consumer electronics bigger than smartphones.

The US has given nine airlines from eight countries until the weekend to tell travellers to America to pack laptops, tablets and portable game consoles in their hold luggage. Read more

China’s Nuke bunker a tourist draw

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

FULING, CHINA, 20 March 2017: It was a top-secret Chinese nuclear facility with a deadly Cold War mission — to make plutonium for an atomic bomb — but these days its doors are wide open as a tourist attraction.

The cavernous “816 Nuclear Military Engineering” installation was burrowed into lush green mountains in southwest China over a 17-year span by 60,000 soldiers toiling day and night in dangerous conditions.

Construction on the vast site began in 1967, three years after China successfully tested its first atomic weapon, as China hurried to catch its nuclear programme up with that of Cold War rivals the United States and Soviet Union. Read more

Turkey tourism falls 26%

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

ISTANBUL, 17 January 2017: Yavuz Indere has worked as a hotel receptionist in Istanbul for nearly half a century, witnessing coups, unrest and economic crises.

But as a string of terror attacks erodes the backbone of Turkey’s key tourism sector, Indere admits he has never seen anything like this in the city.

“I’ve been doing this job for 45 years, obviously I’ve had tough years, but this time it was different,” he told AFP at his tiny hotel in the historic Sultanahmet area, the scene of a deadly attack, 12 January 2016, that rocked the tourism industry. Read more

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