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WWII Bomb Discovery Prompts Airport Shutdown in Japan

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SENDAI, Japan) -- Officials closed one of northern Japan's major airports Monday upon the discovery of an unexploded bomb, believed to be from World War II, near a runway.

Flight arrivals and departures were canceled at Sendai airport while a bomb disposal unit investigated the device, found during construction work. The unit determined the WWII-era bomb had been made in the U.S.

BBC News reports the airport, now under construction for repairs after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, had operated as a Japanese military flight school during the war.  

Sendai police officials are considering evacuating nearby homes as the disposal unit decides how to remove the ordinance, BBC reports.  

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Man Falls Asleep on Airport Baggage Belt, Goes Through X-Ray

Fair Use(ROME) -- A photo that appears to be of a man going through an airport X-ray machine is making the rounds on the Internet.

A Norwegian tourist fell asleep on a baggage belt at Rome’s Fiumicino airport and traveled 160 feet before being identified by an X-ray scanner, The Telegraph reported.

The 36-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was due to check in for a flight to Oslo, but found no one on duty at the airline desk.  He leapt across the counter and fell asleep on the baggage belt with his bag beside him, the paper reported. The man then traveled for 15 minutes through the secure baggage area before being spotted on an X-ray scanner by airport officials.

An airport police officer denied the incident showed cracks in security. And, it seems this kind of incident is not terribly unusual among, "drunks or people with psychological problems.”  In fact, the paper reports the official as saying this kind of thing happens about once a year.

Italian newspaper la Repubblica reported the man was intoxicated. The man was reportedly carrying a backpack and a beer at the time of the incident. He was taken to a hospital because of exposure to the X-rays and is facing charges.

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UK Airport Closes; Giant Tag Sale Planned

FIle photo. Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The entire contents of Plymouth airport in England will go up for auction this summer.

Plymouth airport opened for business in the 1930s, and was shut down last December after its leaseholders, a property development company called Sutton Harbour Group, said the airport was not economically viable. As advertised on the website of the auctioneers handling the sales, everything from flying school portacabins and runway vehicles to glass partitioning is up for grabs. Sutton Harbour Group will take 25 percent of all auction profits.

Plymouth is a city of 250,000 about three hours southwest of London by car. According to a local group of business owners and residents called VIABLE, the airport served about 125,000 people every year.

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UN Pulls Out Workers as Ivory Coast Violence Continues

SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images(ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast) -- As fighting continues in the Ivory Coast, the United Nations on Sunday began pulling some of its employees from its base in Abidjan.

According to published reports, the U.N. plans to evacuate approximately 200 of its workers as rival groups continue to do battle in Abidjan. There are also reports that French troops have taken control of the airport, allowing it to be re-opened.

Intercommunal violence in the western Ivory Coast city of Duekoue has left at least 800 people dead.

The violence is part of a continued political upheaval between forces loyal to the UN-recognized president Alassane Ouattara and the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo.

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Gunman Kills Two U.S. Airmen in Germany

Photo Courtesy - Boris Roessler/AFP/ Getty Images

(FRANKFURT, Germany) -- A gunman shouting in Arabic opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed and he was subdued, officials said.  An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo was taken into custody.

The FBI is heading an investigation into the incident because U.S. citizens were killed and it wants to determine whether the shooting was an act of terrorism.

President Obama reacted to the deadly shooting by saying, "I am saddened and I am outraged by this attack."  The president said U.S. investigators would work with German authorities and "spare no effort" to ensure that "all of the perpetrators are brought to justice."

Mr. Obama added that the killings were a "stark reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices" of American servicemembers.

Sources told ABC News the victims were at Frankfurt airport on a bus marked United States Air Force. It was carrying 13 or 14 people, plus the driver.  U.S. investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting occurred while the gunman was on the bus or while he was trying to board the bus.

When he opened fire, the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar," meaning "God is great," according to sources.  He fired nine times before the gun jammed and he was subdued by other passengers.  While being wrestled into submission, the suspect shouted either "Jihad Jihad" or "Allahu Akbar," sources said.

One of the dead was the bus driver, military officials said.  The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The U.S. service members who were attacked were members of a security forces team assigned to RAF Lakenheath in Great Britain.  They were being transported to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, en route to support overseas operations, although their exact destination was not stated.

The gunman was identifed by sources to ABC News as Arid Uka, although other spellings give his name as Arif Uka.  Although he has lived in Germany for years, he is a citizen of Kosovo and his family is from the northern town of Mitrovica.

U.S. intelligence officials are running Uka's name through terrorism data bases to determine if he has come to their attention previously.

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Investigators Release New Details In Moscow Suicide Bombing

Photo Courtesy - ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia has confirmed the identity of the suicide bomber who struck Moscow's Domodedovo Airport last week.

Authorities said Saturday that the bomber was a 20-year-old man from the country's southern Caucasus region, but did not release a name.

The statement, released on the Federal Investigative Committee's website, said the attack was no accident; the bomber had his sights set on killing foreigners when he blew himself up at the airport's international arrivals hall on Monday.

Thirty-five people were killed in the bombing; another 180 were wounded.

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Napolitano to Israel to Survey Airport Security

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will travel to Israel Monday to meet with airport security experts.

Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport is considered one of the most secure in the world, but officials there don't rely on the latest digital X-ray machines and they do not make pat downs mandatory. They base their success on something which many consider controversial: human intelligence -- teams of trained security personnel who profile passengers.

From suspicious behavior to a person's nationality, profiling is a method endorsed by Israeli airport officials. Every passenger is questioned in-depth at check-in; some are pulled aside for further questioning and strip searches.

Human rights groups have called Israel's methods discriminatory because they affect non-Jewish and Arab travelers most.

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European Travel Turmoil Easing But Cancellations Persist

Photo Courtesy - Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Europe's Christmas travel chaos is finally starting to ease after freezing temperatures and heavy snow closed airports and stranded thousands, but it's still far from smooth sailing for many weary travelers.

Traveler David Sorrell, at London's Heathrow Airport, described the scene as "atrocious."  He said people were intoxicated, sleeping on the floor, and shouting.

"It's like a refugee camp," Sorrell added.
Both runways are now open at Heathrow, and the airport is slowly chipping away at the large backlog of passengers.  But as airport commercial director John Holland-Kaye said, some problems, such as planes and crews being out of place, persist.

"We've been working hard with the airlines to have a limited schedule," Holland-Kaye said.  "So we have reduced the number of flights at the moment for each airline by a third and that's the first time that's ever been done by any airport in the world."

Conditions similar to those at Heathrow can be found elsewhere in Europe, where things are improving but places like Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France still anticipate a few flight cancellations.

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Spanish Air Traffic Controllers Strike, Thousands Stranded

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MADRID) -- Spanish air traffic controllers are headed back to work from an unofficial strike after the government declared a state of alert, which meant those refusing to return could face prosecution.

Tens of thousands of travellers were left stranded when air traffic controllers walked off the job in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Approximately 50 percent of airspace was reopened Saturday shortly after Iberia – the country's largest air carrier – announced all flights would be cancelled until Sunday morning. The airline tweeted that flights from Santo Domingo, Chicago, New York and Miami were being rerouted to Portugal.

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Outrage After Google Image Reveals Star of David on Roof of Iran Airport

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iranian officials are reportedly outraged after learning that a Google Earth satellite image revealed a Star of David emblazoned atop the roof of the Tehran airport.

According to Arabic-language news outlet Al Arabiya, national leaders called for the immediate removal of the Zionist symbol after it was discovered on top of the main building of Iran Air.

Although Israel and Iran broke ties more than 30 years ago, Al Arabiya reported that the Iran Air building was built by Israeli engineers before the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Citing local reports, it also said that not only did the Iranian government hire Israeli engineers to build the airliner's headquarters, it also scheduled regular flights between the two countries.

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