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EasyJet cancels 145 flights as French strike continues

EasyJet said it was "disappointed" at the industrial action in France. Credit: Reuters

The airline easyJet has currently cancelled 145 flights because of a strike by air traffic controllers in France.

The company said that 40 of the cancelled flights on Monday affect UK flights.

It added that it was "disappointed" at what it called "unnecessary strike action" which has affected many passengers and airlines across Europe.

EasyJet said that those meant to be travelling on Monday should check their flight status.

The company said it was trying to minimise disruption to passengers caused by the strike.

Although this is outside of our control we would like to apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience and would like to reassure them we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial actio

– easyJet

Somali plane blast was a deliberate bombing attack

Officials said the bomb was intended to kill all those on board the plane Credit: Harun Maruf

An explosion which blasted a hole in the side of a Somali plane was caused by a bomb deliberately planted in the aircraft, the country's minister for transport has confirmed.

"We have confirmed that it was a bomb that exploded," Ali Ahmed Jamac told a news conference on Saturday.

"It was meant to kill all aboard."

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing inMogadishu after the explosion on Tuesday.

One elderly man, who is suspected of being the bomber, was sucked out of the side of the plane and died. Two other passenger suffered minor injuries.

Officials have not yet confirmed a motive for the bombing, though it is thought that it may have been the work of Islamist al Shabaab militants.

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