Airport security: 3D baggage scanners could end liquid restrictions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Several US airports have already installed 3D scanning equipment All major UK airports must introduce 3D baggage screening equipment before the end of 2022, the government says. Ministers say the technology will boost security, speed up pre-boarding checks, and could end the restrictions on travelling with liquids and laptops….

Boris Johnson warns Trump US must compromise to get UK trade deal

Image copyright AFP The US must lift restrictions on UK businesses if it wants a trade deal with the UK, Boris Johnson has said. Travelling to the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, the PM said there were “very considerable barriers in the US to British businesses”. Mr Johnson said he had already spoken to President…

Changing places: Why countries decide to move their capitals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jakarta is traffic-clogged – and sinking Indonesia is pressing ahead with plans to move its capital from the traffic-choked city of Jakarta to the island of Borneo. The precise location has not yet been revealed – nor has a timeline – but President Joko Widodo formally launched the scheme…

HS2 route: How much will the rail scheme cost?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some commuters hope that HS2 could reduce overcrowding on trains The government is launching a review of the high-speed rail network, from London to Birmingham and to Manchester and Leeds, known as HS2. There has been concern about cost, the exact route of the line and its effect on…

Why is London really getting more theatres?

Image copyright Gary Nash Image caption The new Troubadour in White City is designed to be taken down and rebuilt elsewhere if necessary Some will be permanent – others may survive for just a couple of years. Either way, London’s in the middle of a theatre construction boom. So why is it happening? And doesn’t…

Tour Championship: Fans injured by lightning strike at PGA Tour finale

Lightning hit a tree on the course at the East Lake Golf Club Four people have been injured after two lightning strikes at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta. Play was suspended at 4.17pm local time because of thunderstorms in the area and at 4.45pm there were two lightning strikes close to the 15th green…

How Australia is shaking up the truffle market

Image copyright Truffle Melbourne Image caption Nigel Wood, holding the basket in this photo, invites visitors to join him on his truffle hunts When his dogs sniff out a prized black truffle under the soil, Nigel Wood says it is always an exciting moment for the accompanying humans too. “The atmosphere is usually one of…

British Airways strikes: Cancelled flights back on after ’email error’

Image copyright PA Media British Airways has admitted it made a mistake when it advised passengers flights were cancelled, and told them to book new ones. Passengers have described “confusion” as cancelled flights were reinstated, but only after some of them rebooked. Pilots are set to strike next month, but some people with flights on…

Australia end United States’ 78-game basketball winning streak

Boomers guard Patty Mills scored a game-high 30 points in Melbourne The United States suffered their first loss in 13 years in a shock defeat by Australia in a World Cup warm-up in Melbourne on Saturday. The Boomers won 98-94 to end the American’s 78-game winning streak in front of 52,079 fans – a record…

Royal Mail union to ballot 100,000 workers on strike action

Image copyright Getty Images More than 100,000 Royal Mail staff are to be balloted for possible strike action in a dispute over job security and terms and conditions of employment. Members of the Communication Workers Union will vote in late September, with the result due on 8 October. The CWU says an agreement reached with…