Summertime is a key time for family getaways. Whether for the whole summer or just for a weekend, spending time away from home can provide unforgettable memories. When settling into your temporary living space, whether it’s a summer home, hotel or rental, dangers exists that parents need to be aware of.
Whether it’s heading for the piste, the beach or an overseas business trip, “It won’t happen to me,” is the thought that many holiday makers and business travellers have, but what happens if you lose your passport, or even worse, have it stolen?
A leading hospital consultant has refused to go through an X-ray scanner at Manchester Airport, claiming it could give him cancer. The eye specialist, who was flying to Switzerland on business, said: “X-rays are known to cause cancer and I think somebody will get cancer from this body scanner whether it’s me or someone else.”
The Greek parliament has voted narrowly in favour of a package of austerity measures aimed at preventing the nation from defaulting on its debts. But these have become deeply unpopular with the Greek public, and violent clashes erupting in the streets of the Athens and a national 48-hour strike is under way.
Nato helicopters were called in to kill three militants to end a five-hour clash at a top hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The attack on the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel left two police officers, eight civilians and three other attackers dead.
At least 10 people are said to have died in renewed protests across Syria against President Bashar al-Assad. Security forces fired tear gas and bullets after Friday prayers in the capital Damascus, but Syrian state TV blamed unidentified gunmen for some deaths. More than 1,300 people have been killed and thousands more detained since a crackdown on anti-government protests began in March.
A team of French forensic experts are beginning the task of identifying the decomposed remains of 104 victims of Air France flight 447, which crashed off the coast of Brazil two years ago. The bodies, many still strapped to their seats, were raised last month from the wreckage, which was lying three miles under the Atlantic.
An estimated 5,000 cilivians have fled escalating violence in Syria to seek refuge in Turkey. The Syrians have mainly been fleeing the town of Jisr al-Shughour, targeted in a government crackdown, which led to the death of at least 30 people.
Adding to its recent spate of safety scares and impending strikes, Qantas has been confronted with a new problem – rats in the cabin. Staff discovered five baby rats in the cabin of a Boeing 767 jet shortly before customers were due to board.
Tourists in Portugal’s Algarve have been warned to be on their guard after the death of a British man who was badly beaten in a street attack in the popular resort of Albufeira.The 50-year-old tourist died in hospital last week, and police have now linked the incident to at least two further attacks, including one fatality, by the same gang.
Air traffic over northern Germany is returning to normal after being disrupted by volcanic ash from Iceland. Planes have resumed taking off from and landing at Berlin’s airport, Hamburg and Bremen after being closed this morning, which resulted in the cancellation of about 700 flights.