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Technical problems that caused delays and cancellations at airports across the UK and Ireland have been resolved, the National Air Traffic Service (Nats) said.
Thousands of passengers were left stranded in airports around England and further afield today after an technical glitch at the National Air Traffic Services' control centre in Swanwick. Computers crashed this morning when operators tried to switch from day to night operations.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled and delayed, whilst thousands of passengers were stuck on aircrafts for hours before taking off.
Lewis Vaughan Jones reports.
Irish supermarket workers who went on strike for almost three years over the import of goods from apartheid South Africa are set to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral.
Trade unions are trying to organise transport for some of those who took part in the high-profile picket at Dunnes Stores in Dublin in the 1980s.
The action was triggered in 1984 when 21-year-old cashier Mary Manning was suspended for refusing to handle goods bought from South Africa.
One of the longest strikes in trade union history only ended when the Irish Government agreed to ban the import of South African fruit and vegetables until the apartheid regime was over.
Mr Mandela met the strike workers during a visit to Dublin in the early 1990s.
The Czech prime minister has apologised after he was recorded saying he was "dreading" having to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa next Sunday.
Jiri Rusnok's conversation with his defence minister Vlastimil Picek was broadcast by the country's public TV news channel.
Mr Rosnok said he had other plans for next weekend, a lunch and a dinner, and that a South Africa trip would be "too long." He said:
"I am dreading that I will have to go."
His comments prompted furious reaction on social media from inside the Czech Republic. He apologised in a statement to the Associated Press this evening. He said:
"It was not right to use such terms in connection with the death of Nelson Mandela."
He said it will be decided in the next few days who will represent the Czech Republic at Mr Mandela's funeral on December 15.
People have been bringing flowers and candles to the Nelson Mandela statue in Westminster Square in central London.
Animal welfare officers are working around the clock to help dozens of injured seal pups washed up during this week's tidal surge along Britain's east coast.
The weeks-old seals were separated from their mothers as the country suffered its most serious coastal event for 60 years.
Alison Charles, manager of the East Winch centre, said: "This couldn't have happened at a worse time for the seals, as we are right at the height of the pupping season.
Ryanair has hit out at the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for failing to have a contingency plan in the event of an air traffic control (ATC) failure, like the one that disrupted thousands of people's flights this morning.
Hundreds of flights were delayed and cancelled across southern England, Ireland and other parts of northern Europe after an ATC problem in Swanwick. A spokesperson said:
Ryanair is calling on the CAA to intervene and prevent further chaos for thousands of passengers affected by this ATC failure.
While we acknowledge problems can occur, where is the contingency? It's simply not good enough and the CAA needs to act now.
Over 300 Ryanair flights to and from the south of England have been affected, with 12 cancelled so far.
We apologise to affected passengers, however these circumstances are entirely beyond our control.
Team members on the Walking with the Wounded South Pole trek will now work together to reach the South Pole - the race element has been taken out of the challenge. Guy Disney, from Team Glenfiddich said:
The first four days was a full out slog. It really tested every single individual mentally and physically. We are about 112 km from the South Pole and we all can’t wait to get there as one big group.
The race has been suspended due to safety concerns arising from the adverse weather conditions.
US War veteran Merrill Newman, detained by authorities in North Korea for more than a month, has arrived back in San Francisco, Reuters reports.