French yellow vest protesters hit streets for 21st weekend

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Protesters stand at the statue at Place de la Republique in Paris on April 6, 2019, as people gather for a demonstration by the 'Yellow Vests' (gilets jaunes) movement for the 21st consecutive Saturday. (AFP)
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Protesters stand around the statue at Place de la Republique in Paris on April 6, 2019, as people gather for a demonstration by the 'Yellow Vests' (gilets jaunes) movement for the 21st consecutive Saturday. (AFP)
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Protesters wave flags at the statue at Place de la Republique in Paris on April 6, 2019, as people gather for a demonstration by the 'Yellow Vests' (gilets jaunes) movement for the 21st consecutive Saturday. (AFP)
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Jerome Rodrigues, one of the leading figures of the "yellow vests" (gilets jaunes) movement, who was injured in the eye during a yellow vest demonstration, applies eye drops at Place de la Republique in Paris on April 6, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 06 April 2019

French yellow vest protesters hit streets for 21st weekend

  • Hundreds gathered in Rouen, in Normandy, a past flashpoint, and hundreds more in eastern Paris at the Place de la Republique
  • The yellow vest movement, demanding social and economic justice, has attracted dwindling crowds but still remains a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron

PARIS: Protesters from the yellow vest movement are taking to the streets of France for a 21st straight weekend, with hundreds gathered for a march across Paris, one of numerous protests around the country.
Paris police have fine-tuned their strategy of being more mobile and proactive to counter eventual violence since the first Saturday of protests Nov. 17. The Champs-Elysees avenue is off-limits to protesters after it was hit by rioting last month.
Hundreds gathered in Rouen, in Normandy, a past flashpoint, and hundreds more in eastern Paris at the Place de la Republique, the start of a march to the business district on the capital's western edge.
The yellow vest movement, demanding social and economic justice, has attracted dwindling crowds but still remains a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron.


British airports to introduce 3D screening for carry-on bags

UK Border control is seen in Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London June 4, 2014. (REUTERS)
Updated 49 min 43 sec ago

British airports to introduce 3D screening for carry-on bags

  • The screeners already are being used in trials at London’s Heathrow Airport and they will progressively be rolled out to other British airports by Dec. 1, 2022, the government said

LONDON: Putting small containers of liquids in plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past for airline passengers in Britain after the government announced plans Sunday to introduce 3D screening equipment for carry-on luggage at all major airports.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement that the new technology will improve security and could also mean “an end to passengers having to use plastic bags or rationing what they take away with them.”
Under current security restrictions, passengers are not allowed containers carrying more than 100 milliliters (3.38 fluid ounces) of liquids in their carry-on luggage and the containers have to be in a clear plastic bag.
That could come to an end under the new screening regime and passengers may also be able to keep electrical equipment such as their laptops in their cabin bags.
The screeners already are being used in trials at London’s Heathrow Airport and they will progressively be rolled out to other British airports by Dec. 1, 2022, the government said.
Heathrow CEO John Holland Kaye says the technology “will transform the passenger experience, making air travel simple, streamlined and more secure through the UK’s only hub airport.”