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December 20, 2018

Korean airlines raise cancellation fees after K-pop fans delay a flight

iStock/AlexeyPetrov(SEOUL) -- Two South Korean airlines announced a penalty increase on Tuesday to passengers who cancel international flights, a few days after extreme K-pop fans insisted on a refund minutes before takeoff. Korean Air and Asiana Airlines said they would increase refund penalties to 200,000 KRW (approximately $177) for customers who cancel international flights after entering the departure gate. Korean Air originally charged passengers a penalty fee ranging from 50,000 KRW ($44)..
December 19, 2018

Brexit preparations: Troops on standby as businesses are ‘watching in horror’

iStock/LanceB(LONDON) -- The U.K. government is stepping up its preparations for a "no-deal Brexit," including placing the military on standby. The country has been trying to figure out how to manage a Brexit -- wherein the U.K. would leave the European Union -- since citizens voted for it in 2016. "As yet we have not had any formal requests from government departments, but what we are doing is putting contingency plans in place," Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told the U.K. Parliament on Tu..
December 19, 2018

Royals gather for Queen’s pre-Christmas lunch

Instagram/@kensingtonroyal(LONDON) -- The royals are getting into the Christmas spirit ahead of the holiday. Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, among other members of the royal family, attended the Queen's annual pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted arriving at the palace on Wednesday. The newlyweds, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three young children, Prince George, Princess C..
December 19, 2018

US withdrawing troops from Syria, as White House declares victory over ISIS

Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon announced it has started the process of withdrawing 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, following White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' statement declaring victory over ISIS. Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. officials indicated that President Donald Trump would announce he was pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, though a timeline for the pace of withdrawal has not yet been set. “Five years ago, ISIS was a very powerful and dangerous force in the..