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David Phelan discovers how to survive a Las Vegas trade show

Baby boy found in airport rubbish

Authorities at Manila's airport found a newborn baby in a rubbish bag that was apparently unloaded from an airplane that landed Sunday from the Middle East.

Traffic at British airports slows

A combination of the volcanic ash disruption and the strike at British Airways saw passenger numbers at six of Britain's busiest airports fall by an average of 3.2 per cent during the six months to August, their operator, BAA, said yesterday.

Massive gas explosion leaves six dead and dozens injured

Six people were killed and dozens were injured, some seriously, after a huge explosion sent flames roaring through a town near San Francisco.

Budget passengers wrongly charged for hand luggage

Passengers on the budget airline bmibaby may have been wrongly charged up to £60 because of hand-luggage measuring discrepancies, it emerged yesterday.

Heathrow residents welcome runways pledge

Heathrow residents today welcomed Government confirmation that there will be no change to the way runways at the west London airport are used.

The mysterious origins of the Google phone box

The clamour of enthusiasm for the new Google Voice phone boxes set to appear in colleges and airports across the US calls to mind a story I heard from one Google employee when visiting their London base last year with Simon Usborne, who was writing his own adulatory take on the web giant.

Rok suspends finance chief and issues profits warning

The building group Rok issued its second profits warning in just three months yesterday and suspended its finance director over "serious failings" in financial controls at its plumbing, heating and electrical (PHE) business.

Airport workers vote over industrial action

Thousands of workers at some of the country's biggest airports will today start voting on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action over pay, threatening disruption before the end of the summer holidays.

Size of Brazil's problems: vast distances, a lack of airports and crumbling stadiums

"Building work which has hardly been finished, pitches in a poor state, crime, problematic traffic and bad services have made Brazilians feel at home [in South Africa]," wrote Andre Kfouri in Lance!, Brazil's sports daily, on 19 June. "It is hard to imagine that in 2014 our reality will be better."

Warehouse near Heathrow airport hit by fire

Firefighters were tackling a blaze in a warehouse near one of the world's busiest airports today.

Travel chaos caused fans to miss semi-final

Hundreds of soccer fans missed the World Cup semi-final between Germany and Spain yesterday after chaos at the airport in Durban delayed their landing or forced planes to turn back, local media reported.

Beatification of Newman is scaled down

The beatification of Cardinal Newman, one of the key ceremonies in the Pope's forthcoming visit to Britain, has been dramatically scaled down, disappointing thousands of pilgrims.

Nine to face trial over airport protest

Nine people are expected to go on trial today after an airport protest disrupted flights.

£4m counterfeit goods seized at airport

Imitation GHD hair straighteners and Nintendo games were among £4 million of counterfeit goods seized at a UK airport, the UK Border Agency revealed today.

Striking BA crew threaten another ballot

BA cabin crew began a fresh five-day strike yesterday, the third and last in their current series of walkouts.

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