London crash no link to terrorism

October 9, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 9 October 2017: A man arrested after his car ploughed into pedestrians in London’s museum district, injuring 11 people and sparking fears of a terror attack, was released from custody Sunday, police said.

The 47-year-old was held at the scene of Saturday’s crash on suspicion of dangerous driving, and questioned overnight over what police said was a traffic incident with no link to terrorism.

“This morning, he was released under investigation while enquiries continue,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Read more

Tourism leaders condemn terror attack

August 22, 2017 by  
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MADRID, 22 August 2017: Two global travel organisations, UNWTO and WTTC have strongly condemned the latest terrorist attacks in Spain.

UNWTO called it a “heinous attack” perpetrated in the city of Barcelona and expressed heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the innocent victims and to the people and government of Spain.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) also strongly condemned the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Read more

Spain hunts terror suspects

August 21, 2017 by  
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BARECELONA, 21 August 2017: A grief-stricken Barcelona commemorated, Sunday, victims of two devastating terror attacks at a mass in the city’s Sagrada Familia church, as police hunted for a Moroccan man believed to be the driver who mowed down sauntering tourists last week.

As investigators scrambled to piece together the attacks which killed 14 people in all, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Saturday the cell behind the carnage that also injured 120 and plunged the country into shock had been “dismantled,” though local authorities took a more cautious tone.

Police said they had cast a dragnet for 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, who media reports say was the driver of a van that smashed into people on Barcelona’s busy Las Ramblas boulevard on Thursday, killing 13. Read more

Qatar Airways profits climb

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, 12 July 2017: Qatar Airways said Sunday its net profits rose by almost 22% in the last financial year that ended in March, before the diplomatic fallout with its Gulf neighbours.

The results cover the period from 1 April, 2016 to 31 March, 2017, well before Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut ties with Qatar and severed air links with Doha nearly a week ago.

“Our annual results once again reflect the success of our expansion and growth strategy,” Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al-Baker said in a statement. Read more

Qatar accused of sponsoring terror

June 6, 2017 by  
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RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA, 6 June 2017: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as tensions escalate in the region over accusations Doha sponsors terrorism.

Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.

A Saudi official cited by SPA said the country decided to “sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, and to close all land, sea and aviation ports”. Read more

WTTC: Is it too much to ask?

April 27, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 27 April 2017: “Is it Too Much to Ask?” was the opening line of the World Travel & Tourism Council president & CEO David Scowsill’s speech, at the WTTC Global Summit hosted in Bangkok, Wednesday.

Scowsill urged over 900 leading figures from the public and private sector to stand up and make a real difference, to think about ‘how we can be ‘Transforming our World’.

Scowsill called on the sector to lead the world in the “eradication of poverty, cleaning up the oceans, and protecting habitats”. Read more

Cameron takes pot shot at Trump

April 27, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 27 April 2017: President Donald Trump’s attempts to ban people from six Muslim countries from travelling to the United States “played into the hands” of extremists, the UK’s former prime minister said Wednesday.

Trump has said a travel ban is needed to preserve national security and keep out extremists.

But federal judges have halted Trump’s revised executive order issued in March to temporarily close US borders to refugees and nationals from six Muslim-majority countries. Read more

State of emergency in Paris

April 21, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 21 April 2017: A known terror suspect gunned down a police officer and wounded two others, Thursday, on Paris’s Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group days before France’s presidential election.

The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police car on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00 pm (1900 GMT), prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.

After killing the officer and injuring his colleagues, the gunman was shot dead in return fire while trying to flee on foot, police sources told AFP. Read more

Fighter jets escort PIA flight

February 8, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 8 February 2017: British fighter jets on Tuesday diverted a Pakistan International Airlines flight which had been bound for London’s Heathrow airport, due to a “disruptive passenger” police said.

The Royal Air Force said its quick reaction jets were launched on Tuesday afternoon from an airfield in central England.

“The aircraft was intercepted and safely escorted to Stansted airport,” an RAF spokesman said. Read more

Terror menaces Paris

February 7, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 7 February 2017: Tourism is likely to suffer following the thwarted attack near the Louvre museum last Friday.

Visitors to the famous museum dropped 2 million over the last two years, mainly attributed to terror attacks.

The latest attack will further tarnish the reputation of Paris. Read more

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