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'Sustained' drone attack closed Gatwick, airport says

'Sustained' drone attack closed Gatwick, airport says

Business
Sussex Police, the government and Gatwick airport say that the severe travel disruption last year was caused by a "sustained" drone attack.The situation caused disruption for tens of thousands of passengers. Gatwick's decision to close was taken after a risk assessment with police. The airport says there were well over 100 drone sightings over three days.The majority of those sightings were made by police officers or airport workers.Former army officer Richard Gill believes the Gatwick attack was "really well planned".His Nottinghamshire company, Drone Defence, sells systems used to detect drones, as well as other equipment which can jam the frequencies they need to operate.'Difficult to combat'Because they were "very difficult to detect", the drones at G...
The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder

The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.Ren Zhengfei described the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou, the company's chief financial officer, as politically motivated.The US is pursuing criminal charges against Huawei and Ms Meng, including money laundering, bank fraud and stealing trade secrets.Huawei denies any wrongdoing.In his first international broadcast interview since Ms Meng was arrested, Mr Ren dismissed the pressure from the US. "There's no way the US can crush us," he said. "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always sca...
Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Parents of sick babies need more leave, charity says

Health
Two thirds of fathers of premature and sick babies are being forced to return to work while their child is in intensive care, a charity has said.Of 737 parents surveyed by the neonatal charity Bliss and BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates, 77% said they were not given enough time off.One in 10 parents had to leave their job as a result of their baby's stay in hospital, the results suggest.The government is reviewing rules for parents of premature and sick babies.Gemma Reid, from Surrey, gave up her job as a special educational needs teacher when her son, Gabriel, was born 15 weeks early.Gabriel suffered heart, brain and lung problems and developed sepsis.'Big difference'When Gabriel was born, Gemma, 34, and husband Andy, 37, decided to...
21 Savage says he was 'targeted' during arrest

21 Savage says he was 'targeted' during arrest

Entertainment
UK-born rapper 21 Savage was held at a US detention centre so that the Trump administration could send a message on immigration, his lawyer has claimed.The federal government's immigration policies had been "pretty debilitating", Dina LaPolt alleged. "And I think that, you know, they look for ways to make examples of people," she told ABC's Good Morning America (GMA).The rapper - real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph - said a helicopter had been involved on 3 February."I was just driving" the 26-year-old told GMA. "And I just seen guns and blue lights. And, then, I was in the back of a car. And I was gone." Asked whether he had been told that he was under arrest, he said, "No, they didn't. They didn't say nothing. They just said: 'We got Savage.' "It was definitely targeted," the fa...
For the IRS, government shutdown 'could not have come at a worse time,' report says

For the IRS, government shutdown 'could not have come at a worse time,' report says

Finance
The longest government shutdown in history could not have come at a worse time for the IRS, the National Taxpayer Advocate has told Congress. The IRS was heading into its first filing season under the massive new tax law when the federal government partially closed. Among the changes was the raising of the standard deduction for married couples to $ 24,000 from $ 13,000, and to $ 12,000 for individuals, from $ 6,500. Personal exemptions were also eliminated. "It was the biggest change in 30 years," said Gary Milkwick, chief product officer at 1800Acco...