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U.S. to pilot Internet travel authorisation scheme
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By David Brunnstrom BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States will launch a pilot scheme on Friday which will require travellers covered by its visa waiver programme to get prior Internet authorisation before boarding flights to America. U.S. officials outlining the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) denied it would amount to reintroduction of visas -- a concern voiced in ...


More bad news for European economies
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Dave Graham and Andrew Hay BERLIN/MADRID (Reuters) - Europe was hit by another wave of bad economic news on Monday, with surveys showing German consumer confidence worse than at any time since recession last struck and yet more house price falls in Spain and Britain. Economists said high food and fuel costs were hurting German morale more than pay rises were helping it, compoundin ...


Police arrest man over nightclub shooting
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Police said on Monday they have arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of a London nightclubber over the weekend. A 35-year-old man was shot in the head and neck outside the "Club Red" in Limehouse, east London early on Sunday. A man in his 20s was arrested in connection with the incident after he attended a south London police station on Sunday eveni ...


Lufthansa strike has little impact on flights
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - A strike by Lufthansa ground and cabin staff over pay has barely disrupted flights to and from German airports, the airline said on Monday, but union officials said the impact would grow in coming days. Tens of thousands of air passengers had faced travel chaos at the height of the holiday season due to walkouts by more than 4,000 members of th ...


Drivers cutting car use as fuel costs rise
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Over a half of British drivers have cut back on using their cars due to soaring fuel prices, according to a survey. Many are also taking their foot off the pedal and sticking to the speed limits in an effort to conserve petrol, the AA motoring organisation said. A Populus poll of 15,306 AA members found 55 percent had reduced their car usage, an 18 percent increase ...


No charges for U.S. troops over reporter's death
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Avril Ormsby LONDON (Reuters) - No charges will be brought against U.S. troops believed to have shot dead ITN journalist Terry Lloyd in Iraq, after prosecutors said it was impossible to prove who fired the fatal shot, the Crown Prosecution Service said on Monday. Lloyd, one of Britain's most experienced journalists, died after being fired at by Iraqi and U.S. forces near Basra in  ...


Death toll in Istanbul bombings rises to 17
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Paul de Bendern and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's highest court on Monday began considering whether to shut down the governing party for Islamist activities against a background of tension following two bomb attacks in Istanbul. The blasts killed 17 people and wounded more than 150 people on Sunday just hours before the Constitutional Court judges were set to look at ...


Calls grow for India to boost security after bombs
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Alistair Scrutton and Bappa Majumdar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit the site of blasts in a communally sensitive western Indian city on Monday as pressure grows on his government to beef up its intelligence apparatus tvo counter a series of bombings. The 16 bombings that killed at least 45 people in Ahmedabad came a day after another series of bombi ...


Fire rips through historic pier
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Firefighters were called to a large blaze that swept through the historic pier at the Somerset seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare on Monday, police said. Flames and thick black smoke engulfed the structure and could be seen from the M5 motorway, several miles from the coast, a fire brigade spokeswoman said. Television footage showed much of the pier well alight, w ...


Bombs kill 24 in Baghdad during pilgrimage
28 Jul 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Mohammed Abbas BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three bomb attacks in quick succession killed at least 24 people and wounded 73 in Baghdad on Monday as Shi'ite pilgrims flooded into the Iraqi capital for a major religious event, police said. Police said initial reports showed all three explosions were caused by female suicide bombers. Al Qaeda has increasingly used women to carry out suicide a ...


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