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Air France Flight 447 – black box data preserved

Air France Flight 447 – black box data preserved

17 May 2011 Airline News

All flight data from Air France flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 has been preserved in the aircraft’s black box recorders, French aviation authorities have confirmed.  The announcement comes after investigators said it recovered the data from the recorders, pulled from the ocean floor after a search lasting almost two years.

Dublin on high alert for Queen’s visit

17 May 2011 Tourism News

Dublin is on high alert during the Queen’s visit today after a bomb was discovered near the Irish capital and a second suspect package was found. She becomes the first British monarch to visit southern Ireland since King George V in 1911.

“IRA” bomb threat in London

“IRA” bomb threat in London

16 May 2011 Tourism News

Irish republican dissidents have issued a bomb threat for central London, Scotland Yard has confirmed. The Mall and other central London streets were closed on Monday morning while a bag was destroyed in a controlled explosion. The roads have now reopened.

Tour operators offer bargain North Africa holidays

Tour operators offer bargain North Africa holidays

Tour operators are offering bargain packages to North Africa in a bid to lure holidaymakers back following the civil unrest earlier this year. Tui Travel has reduced the price of some holidays to Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco by nearly half to address the slump in visitor numbers. The travel giant has lost £29 million as a result of unrest.

Al Qaeda confirms Bin Laden’s death

6 May 2011 Tourism News

Al Qaeda has confirmed the death of its leader Osama Bin Laden, according to a statement attributed to the group which was posted on jihadist internet forums. The statement said his blood would not be “wasted” and that al-Qaeda would continue attacking the US and allies.

Three arrested over tourist bombing in Marrakech

Three arrested over tourist bombing in Marrakech

6 May 2011 Tourism News

Three Moroccan men have been arrested in connection with the bombing of a popular tourist cafe in Marrakech. The suspects are reported to be “loyal” to al Qaeda, according to Moroccan police. The attack last week in the famous Djemaa el-Fna Square left 16 people dead including 11 foreigners.

Bin Laden was planning US rail attack to mark September 11 anniversary

6 May 2011 Rail & Coach News

New intelligence from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan has revealed that Al Qaeda had considered targeting the US rail network on 11 September 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the original 9-11 attacks. It has also emerged that Bin Ladin continued to run Al Qaeda, and wasn’t merely the inspirational figurehead of the terror group.

Tourists killed in Morocco terrorist bomb

Tourists killed in Morocco terrorist bomb

29 April 2011 Tourism News

Morocco has launched an investigation into a suicide bomb attack that left 16 people dead including 11 foreigners in a popular tourist café in Marrakech’s famous Djemaa el-Fna Square. The foreign victims are reported to include eight French, one Briton, one Dutch and one Israeli.

Death toll 300 as deadly tornadoes hit US

29 April 2011 Tourism News

A mile-wide tornado has torn through six southern US states, killing at least 297 people, with authorities warning of more to come. President Barack Obama is to visit communities in Alabama ravaged by the worst storms since 1974.Widespread devastation has also been reported in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia.