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Source: DW

German customs agents release thousands of confiscated eels into the Rhine River

05-Dec-2018

Although young eels are regularly released into the river, this was the first time that confiscated animals had ever been released back into the wild by customs agents in Germany.

Customs agents say the eels, known as glass eels due to their transparent state, were packed in water-filled plastic bags inside Styrofoam boxes in the woman's suitcase. Authorities found the fish in a bag checked at Frankfurt Airport by a 47-year-old Malaysian woman en route to Vietnam in late November.

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Source: Common Domain

Flying Spitfires—No Military Experience Required

05-Dec-2018

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There’s not enough time to drink in the full experience of flying an icon, and far too soon pilot Richard Verrall is taking back control and returning us to its base, the Heritage Hangar at former wartime airfield Biggin Hill, home to Verrall’s Fly a Spitfire operation.

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Source: Reuters

Exclusive: Amazon targets airports for checkout-free store expansion

Saturday 06:05 GMT

Inc (AMZN.O) is looking at bringing its futuristic checkout-free store format to airports in an effort to win business from hungry, time-pressed travelers, according to public records and a person familiar with the strategy.

A person familiar with the strategy confirmed that Amazon is studying how to get the checkout-free stores into airports and that an employee with experience in business development was assigned to the task.

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Source: Fox News

Dog the Bounty Hunter denies assault allegation at Denver Airport

Saturday 09:55 GMT

Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman's attorney vehemently denied that the "Dog the Bounty Hunter" star assaulted a man at Denver International Airport last week. "There was no assault.

According to the Denver P.D., airport surveillance footage show this individual was the aggressor and that Dog did not assault him, as alleged. The Chapmans intend to press charges against this individual and his father for harassment and for disturbing the peace."

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Source: The Guradian

US airport workers struggle to make ends meet as industry profits soar

Saturday 10:51 GMT

As the airlines and airport companies seek to boost profits, they have increasingly relied on low-cost air carriers and contractors that drive down wages, eliminate benefits and infringe workers’ rights, according to a recent report by Airport Workers United.

Low wages and poor benefits in the airport industry have contributed to thousands of airport workers relying on government assistance. A June 2017 report published by the Economic Roundtable found that more than 116,000 US airport workers receive food stamps, more than 23,000 received cash welfare benefits, and over 194,000 out of roughly 664,000 airport workers in the United States rely on Medicaid.

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Source: Global News

Collapsed Alaska highway ramp reopened four days after quake

Saturday 19:05 GMT

A collapsed off-ramp in Alaska’s largest city that became an iconic image of the destructive force of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake was rebuilt and reopened four days after its destruction.

Alaska surveys damage after two earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 hit Anchorage. When rocking from the first quake stopped, highway officials recognized they had multiple breaks in “essential travel.”

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Source: CBS News

New details emerge about response at Alaska airport, military base during massive earthquake

Sunday 03:18 GMT

Shortly after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska last week, a work truck had to be used as a mini air traffic control tower at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

The earthquake caused multiple problems at the sprawling Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, including damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler and heating systems, military officials said Friday.

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Source: Global News

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou bail hearing continues on Monday

Tuesday 17:17 GMT

The bail hearing for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou entered its second day on Monday after a number of developments in the case over the weekend.

The bail hearing opened on Friday with a B.C. Supreme Court judge hearing that the Chinese telecom executive, who was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on Dec. 1, is alleged to have violated U.S. sanctions on trade with Iran. On Friday, a Crown lawyer told a packed courtroom that Meng, who faces extradition to the U.S., poses a flight risk due to her wealth, lack of ties to the jurisdiction, and the fact she mainly resides in China, a country that has no extradition treaty with the U.S. or Canada.

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Source: Reuters

Trump says would intervene in arrest of Chinese executive

Today 17:17 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.

“If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters in the Oval Office.

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Source: Global News

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO, released from custody following bail hearing

Today 20:56 GMT

Meng was granted bail earlier Tuesday following a three-day hearing that came after she was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on Dec. 1.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou granted bail, will live in Vancouver under electronic surveillance. Crown lawyers had argued posed a flight risk because of her wealthy status, as well as a lack of ties to Vancouver. The defence argued that Meng had ties to Vancouver which included two homes she owned with her husband Liu Xiaozong in Vancouver’s affluent Dunbar and Shaughnessy neighbourhoods.

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Source: Common Domain

Trade Deals With China—Done the Chinese Way

Today 20:56 GMT

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping may not see eye-to-eye on much, but they both share one obvious trait: a certain disregard for established rules and norms, both at home and abroad, when it suits them.

President Trump’s inclination to reach for leverage wherever it can be found—which this year has included U.S. criminal and civil investigations involving Chinese nationals and companies such as ZTE and Huawei—is, in fact, a very Chinese way of doing things.


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