Heathrow Airport passport queues reach 2.5 hours – BBC News

Delays at Heathrow Airport passport control left passengers queuing for up to two and a half hours last month, figures show.

On 30 of 31 days in July, the border force missed its target of a 45-minute wait or less for 95% of visitors from outside the European Economic Area.

Virgin Atlantic, which obtained the data, said passengers were “frustrated”.

The government said it would send 200 extra staff to Heathrow this summer.

According to the data, the longest immigration queues were on 6 July when travellers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) – an area made up of 31 European countries – had to wait in line for up to two hours and 36 minutes.

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How 3,000 teenagers are trying to combat London’s knife crime – BBC News

After Jake O’Neill’s friend was stabbed to death, he tried to divert teenagers away from crime.

On Saturday, 3,000 people – mostly teenage boys – rode through the capital, pulling tricks and stopping the traffic.

Jake, 19 – also known as Jake 100 – set up the Bikestormz project with his friend Mac after his best friend’s older brother was stabbed to death.

“I quite literally want people to put their knives down and pick their bikes up,” Jake told the BBC.

“Hence the slogan Knives Down, Bikes Up.”

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Two British Citizens Poisoned With Nerve Agent That Struck Down Ex-Russian Spy | HuffPost

AMESBURY, England, July 4 (Reuters) – Two British citizens are critically ill after they were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that struck down a former Russian agent and his daughter in March, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday.

The pair, a local 44-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were hospitalized after being found unwell on Saturday in Amesbury, just miles away from Salisbury where ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked in March.

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Trump stuns allies, won’t sign G-7 joint agreement

The president touted great relationships with other G-7 leaders — but the divide over Russia and trade burst into view at the summit.

President Donald Trump said the United States will not sign a joint agreement with other G-7 countries, an abrupt reversal that will further erode relations with key U.S. allies and underscore the country’s increasing isolation under Trump.

Trump announced his decision in a tweet while lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed opposition to Trump’s trade policies at the conclusion of the contentious summit.

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