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Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport power cut strands thousands

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport power cut strands thousands

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A power cut at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson international airport on Sunday led to a partial shut-down, affecting tens of thousands of people.The airport is the world's busiest, handling more than 250,000 passengers and almost 2,500 flights every day. Passengers were left in darkened terminals or on board planes.Power is now restored at the airport, but there have been more than 1,000 flight cancellations, with hundreds more scheduled for Monday.Many flights scheduled to arrive from other airports were being diverted elsewhere or held at their departure airport.In a statement, the airport confirmed they had suffered a power cut shortly after 13:00 (18:00 GMT) on Sunday. Flights are expected to resume at 06:00 on Monday (11:00 GMT).Georgia Power, which supplies the airport's electricity, sa...
Trump Putin call: CIA helped stop Russia terror attack

Trump Putin call: CIA helped stop Russia terror attack

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Information provided by the CIA helped Russian security services foil an attack on St Petersburg's Kazan cathedral, US and Russian leaders say.President Vladimir Putin phoned Donald Trump to thank him for the information, the White House and Kremlin confirmed.The attack was allegedly planned to take place on Saturday, Russia says.A White House statement said "terrorists" were captured prior to an attack "that could have killed large numbers of people".Russia's FSB security service said in a statement on Friday that it had detained seven members of a cell of Islamic State supporters and seized a significant amount of explosives, weapons and extremist literature.The cell was planning to carry out a suicide attack at a religious institution and kill citizens on Saturday, the FSB statement sai...
Oz man charged with acting as N Korea agent

Oz man charged with acting as N Korea agent

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A South Korean-born Sydney man has been charged with acting as an agent for North Korea in Australia.The 59-year-old is alleged to have attempted to broker sales for Pyongyang including components used in ballistic missiles.The Australian Federal Police say the naturalised Australian, named Chan Han Choi, is alleged to have used encrypted communication to broker sales and discuss the supply of weapons of mass destruction.He is reported to have lived in Australia for 30 years.He is accused of generating tens of millions of dollars for Pyongyang by arranging the sale of missiles.He was also allegedly trying to arrange the transfer of coal from the country to Indonesia and Vietnam.Police said his actions contravened both United Nations and Australian sanctions against North Korea.Image:Austra...
Argentina ousts navy chief after San Juan sub disappearance

Argentina ousts navy chief after San Juan sub disappearance

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Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Argentina has dismissed its navy chief one month after the disappearance of the submarine ARA San Juan off its southern coast with 44 crew members.Defense Minister Oscar Aguad placed Adm. Marcelo Eduardo Hipolito Srur in retirement, the Argentina newspaper La Nacion reported Saturday. The ministry plans to name an interim leader Monday.Srur, 60, was named head of the navy and promoted to admiral in January 2016.The San Juan, a 34-year-old, German-built, diesel-electric vessel, has not been found after losing contact on Nov. 15 in the south Atlantic Ocean.The sub's last known location was in the San Jorge Gulf was between where it departed from southern Argentina's Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its home base in Mar del Plata.One week after the disappearance, Argentina's ...
ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

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South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma.The main candidates are the current deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma's ex-wife.Whoever wins is likely to succeed Mr Zuma as South African president.But their bitter leadership battle has raised fears that the ANC could split before national elections in 2019.President Zuma can remain head of state until those elections. He has been in office since 2009 and South Africa limits the presidency to two five-year terms.As delegates gathered for the four-day conference in Johannesburg, Mr Zuma, who faces multiple corruption allegations, has urged the party to unite behind the eventual winner.The lead...