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News: Etihad brings Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Lebanon route

Etihad Airways today introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Beirut, Lebanon. The new 787 Dreamliner service replaces the Airbus A321 aircraft previously operating the airline’s EY535/EY538 flights to and from the Lebanese capital. The Boeing 787-9 features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins and is configured with 299 seats – 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways executive vice president, commercial, said: “Beirut was the first international destination…

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HS2 route to destroy new homes in Yorkshire

Newly built homes in Yorkshire will be demolished by the HS2 rail line, the government has confirmed. The line’s eastern route, to Leeds from Birmingham, will run east of Sheffield, with some trains going into the city via a new spur and existing lines. But 16 of 216 homes on a housing estate in Mexborough will be demolished. The government’s preferred routes, from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds, were laid out last November. Earlier the government announced seven contracts worth nearly £7bn for some of…

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HS2: Route through Sheffield to be announced by ministers

The final route of the Manchester and Leeds branch of HS2 will be announced later, including a decision over its path through Sheffield. Contracts worth £6.6bn will also be awarded for work on the first stretch of the new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham. The transport secretary said HS2 would “drive economic growth and productivity in the North and Midlands”. But critics say the project will damage the environment and is too expensive. The first trains are not expected to run until 2026. The decision over its…

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From Dusseldorf to Paris – the Tour de France route

Tour de France, 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. Radio 5 live coverage on Sports Extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage Britain’s Chris Froome will look to win a fourth Tour de France title and third in a row when this year’s race starts on Saturday. The three-week 3,540km (2,200 miles) race starts in Germany with a 14km individual time trial and ventures through Belgium and Luxembourg before heading into France. The route takes the 198 riders down the…

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PC Keith Palmer: Thousands of officers to line funeral route

A full police funeral for PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in last month’s Westminster attack, will take place in London’s Southwark Cathedral later. PC Palmer was guarding the Houses of Parliament on 22 March when he was stabbed by Khalid Masood. Thousands of officers will line the route as the coffin of PC Palmer, a 48-year-old father, is taken from a chapel at the Palace of Westminster. His body has been lying in rest there by special permission of the Queen. His coffin was taken to the Chapel of…

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