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Thu
21
Jun
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British Airways cancels cheap plane tickets after discovering pricing 'error'

British Airways has cancelled the tickets of passengers who managed to buy cheap flights after a glitch on the airline's booking system.

A number of customers bought heavily reduced fares, many to Tel Aviv, including a £167 ($A298) return ticket, from third-party agents, but BA voided the tickets when it discovered the wrong fares had been published.

Ash Dubbay, from London, paid £195 through agent Travel Up for return flights to the Israeli city, but now has to pay as much as £1,000. A spot-check on flight comparison website Skyscanner for travel next month shows return flights to Tel Aviv costing from £307 with Easyjet, £567 with Turkish Airlines and £1,144 with British Airways. On the BA website, flights start from £351 return in the summer and £291 later in the year.

BA has apologised for cancelling the tickets and offered full refunds and a £100 voucher, but Mr Dubbay said it was "no help" because of how expensive the new flights were.

Tue
19
Jun
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Egypt ready to take a risk on fitness of talisman Mo Salah

After the opening World Cup defeat to Uruguay, Egypt and their manager Héctor Cúper have a big decision to make for Tuesday’s match with Russia in St Petersburg

For the Egypt fans taking in the sights of St Petersburg there was no mistaking the focus for their adoration. The words “Mo Salah” became a kind of greeting, as people embraced, stopped for photographs in front of the ornate Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, hoisted their flags.

It has always been about Salah. Even long before his shoulder was wrenched by Sergio Ramos, it was about Salah. Their symbol was the man who had propelled them here in the first place, a World Cup 28 years in the waiting.

There is an extraordinary pressure riding on whether or not he is in the best physical shape to run at the Russia defence as the second round of Group A matches gets under way.

Fri
02
Feb
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Aubameyang’s Arsenal debut may be delayed by illness, says Arsène Wenger

Arsène Wenger has revealed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may not be fit to make his Arsenal debut against Everton on Saturday as he struggles with a sickness bug.

The striker became the club’s record signing on the final day of the January transfer window when he completed a £56m move from Borussia Dortmund. But Wenger said that Aubameyang had not trained fully and, as such, was a doubt.

“He had sickness, a fever,” Wenger said. “He couldn’t train a lot – he started on Thursday. He was still not completely well so I have to assess and see with the medical department how well and how fit he can be.”

Mon
11
Dec
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Champions League draw: Chelsea to face Barcelona in last 16

• Juventus v Tottenham; Basel v Manchester City; Porto v Liverpool
• Sevilla v Manchester United and Real Madrid to face Paris Saint-Germain

Chelsea must find a way past five-time winners Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Tottenham face a tricky tie against last season’s runners-up Juventus.

Antonio Conte’s side finished second in their group behind Roma and their reward is a tie against La Liga’s leaders, with the first leg taking place at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere, Manchester City were handed potentially the most straightforward task whe they were paired with Swiss champions Basel, with Liverpool up against Porto.

Manchester United will also fancy their chances of progressing the last eight after they were drawn to face Sevilla, with the second leg due to take place at Old Trafford. The remaining three ties pit Real Madrid against Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk with Roma, and Bayern Munich against Besiktas.

Tue
08
Aug

Zuma survives no-confidence vote

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has narrowly survived a motion of no confidence against him in parliament.

It was the eighth such vote of his increasingly beleaguered presidency. In a secret ballot, a broad coalition of opposition parties and renegade MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) were unable to muster the simple majority needed to remove the president. 198 MPs voted against the motion of no confidence, which would have forced Zuma and his cabinet to resign immediately.

In the hours before Tuesday’s vote, a series of coordinated protests across South Africa demanded Zuma’s removal. A petition signed by more than a million people was delivered to the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is seen as Zuma’s main rival.

Thu
11
May
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Russian YouTuber convicted for playing Pokémon Go in church

Blogger handed three-and-a-half year suspended sentence for ‘inciting religious hatred’ after catching Pokémon in Yekaterinburg’s Church of All Saints

A Russian YouTuber who filmed himself playing Pokémon Go in a church has been convicted for “inciting religious hatred”.

Ruslan Sokolovsky posted his video at the height of the game’s popularity in August 2016. On Thursday he was convicted by a court in Yekaterinburg and given a given a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence. The same offence saw two women from the Pussy Riot punk collective sent to prison for two years in 2012.

Sokolovsky has been detained since October, facing up to five years in prison, and was relieved to not be facing jail time. He said: “Without the support from reporters, I would possibly have been given a real prison sentence.”

Judge Yekaterina Shoponyak said Sokolovsky’s videos manifested his “disrespect for society” and that he “intended to offend religious sentiments”.

Sun
16
Apr

North Korea Attempts To Launch Missile But Fails

North Korea tried to fire a missile it introduced few hours ago at a military parade - but the launch was an embarrassing failure after the weapon failed and blew up almost immediately. The missile which is supposed to be one of the country's new 'game-changer' intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which was revealed to the world in a display of military might during the country's parade and celebration of the country's creation yesterday.

The South Korean defence ministry said it had detected a failed launch from Sinpo - where North Korea's biggest submarine base is located.

According to a military official the weapon is 'presumed to be a new ICBM' as it is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.

Thu
02
Feb

Frank Lampard retires from football

The former West Ham, Chelsea, Manchester City and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football.
Lampard, who won 106 caps for his country, left New York City FC in November after his contract expired. In a statement on his Facebook page, the 38-year-old said he had taken the decision to retire despite receiving “a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad”.

“After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” he wrote. “Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals.”

Sat
21
Jan

Donald Trump Sworn In As The 45th President Of The United States

Watched by dignitaries on the west front of the US Capitol in Washington, and a worldwide TV audience of millions, the uniquely divisive businessman-turned-politician took the oath of office administered by chief justice John Roberts on Friday at midday.

It was a moment of joy and vindication for Trump’s supporters and one of anxiety for those who oppose him. On a damp January day, the crowd on the National Mall appeared significantly smaller than for many past inaugurations. Some protesters clashed with police and hundreds of thousands are expected to march in the capital on Saturday.

“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people,” Trump told the crowd as rain began to fall. “Together we will determine the course of America and all of the world for many many years to come.”

Thu
06
Oct

Norway's PM Caught Playing Pokémon Go in Parliament

The Norwegian prime minister has been caught playing Pokémon Go during a debate in Norway’s parliament.

Erna Solberg was pictured playing the game during a debate in the Storting on Tuesday. It’s no secret Solberg is a big fan of Pokémon Go.

During an official trip in Slovakia, she took some time out to play the game, telling reporters she was keen to hatch some of her 10km eggs.

This isn’t even the first time a Norwegian politician has been caught playing the game while in parliament.

The leader of Norway’s Liberal party, Trine Skei Grande, was seen playing the game during a meeting on national security back in August, at the height of Pokémon Go-mania.

And who happened to be speaking while the PM attempted to catch ‘em all? None other than Grande herself.

Grande seemed amused by the news, tweeting: “She heard what I said, we ladies can do two things at the same time you know.”

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