Passengers at Heathrow airport will be able to keep their liquids and laptops inside their bags, once new security equipment is installed.
The airport is investing £50m in the computer tomography (CT) security scanners, to be rolled out over the next few years.
The technology, similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, provides a clear picture of a bag’s contents.
Detailed 3D images can be easily rotated and dissected by staff.
Heathrow chief operations officer, Chris Garton, said: “This cutting-edge kit will not only keep the airport safe with the latest technology, but will mean that our future passengers can keep their focus on getting on with their journeys and less time preparing for security screening.”
Aviation Minster Baroness Vere added: “Passenger safety remains our top priority, and this programme clearly shows the huge importance we place on security.”
The technology is already being used in the US, including Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport and Chicago’s O’Hare.
The US Transportation Security Administration hopes to deploy 300 of the scanners by 2020.
President Trump has embarked on the first day of his three-day UK state visit, joined by his wife, First Lady Melania Trump.
Mr Trump was welcomed with a 41-gun salute as he met the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Here are pictures from the visit, starting on Monday.
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BTS have made history by becoming the first South Korean group to headline Wembley Stadium.
The boy band blasted through 24 songs on Saturday, assisted by quirky props, glitter cannons, jet sprays… and 60,000 fans screaming their approval.
The septet, who said they “grew up watching videos of Live Aid,” even paid tribute to Freddie Mercury.
During the encore, lavender-haired singer Jin led the crowd in a version of the Queen frontman’s “ay-oh” chant.
“You guys always had the greatest artists, historically, in the music industry – The Beatles, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Adele. We don’t even have to make a list,” added his band-mate Kim Nam-joon, who’s known to fans as RM.
“So the UK was like the big, big wall to me.
“But tonight we, and you guys, just broke the wall.”
The gig was the first of two sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium – and just the third UK show of BTS’s career.
It capped off an extremely successful year for the band, who topped the UK album charts in April with Map Of The Soul: Persona, played Saturday Night Live and Britain’s Got Talent, and scored their biggest hit single to date when Boy With Luv entered the UK top 20.
Unlike previous Wembley headliners, they’re not quite household names yet (and many people would be hard-pressed to name one of their songs) but their fanbase, dubbed the “Army”, is unusually devoted, highly mobilised, and growing daily.
Indeed, BTS’s sold-out stadium debut comes just eight months after they played the smaller, 20,000-capacity O2 Arena on the other side of London, and the significance of their achievement did not go unnoticed at home.
‘Hype and excitement’
“Everyone in Korea is so excited,” said Sungmi Ahn, a K-pop reporter for the Korean Herald. “They’re doing a live broadcast of the show so everyone can watch it.
“The Freddie Mercury film Bohemian Rhapsody was huge in Korea, so when people think of Wembley Stadium, they know how important it is, and BTS are getting a lot of hype and excitement as a result.”
For the band, however, this meant an additional level of pressure.
“I barely got any sleep last night, that’s how nervous we are,” said rapper/singer Suga at a pre-show press conference. “But the nerves will just make us work harder.”
You certainly couldn’t have accused BTS of slacking off.
From the moment they burst onstage from behind two giant panthers, no pirouette was left un-spun; and no leap left un-leapt.
Every member got their moment to shine: Resident heartthrob Jungkook floated perilously over the audience’s heads for a high-wire performance of Euphoria; while Jimin showed off his balletic dance moves during Serendipity.
But the best moments came when the septet united for tracks like the rap-rock juggernaut Fake Love and the Justin Bieber-esque Make It Right.
The band’s camaraderie was especially evident in the encore, as they leapt around an inflatable playground trying to make each other laugh with ever-more goofy dance moves.
They even attempted English accents, with Jungkook declaring, “easy peasy, lemon squeezy,” for no particular reason during the intro to Dope.
It was a shame the backing tracks were all pre-recorded, as the lack of a live band robbed the show of musical spontaneity.
And there was a lingering suspicion the boys were miming during their more athletic dance routines, even though the impassioned harmonies of The Truth Untold proved they could ably handle a live vocal.
But any such minor gripes were swept away by the tidal wave of fans’ enthusiasm.
They sang at the top of their voices, even during the Korean sections, and started Mexican waves with their “Army bombs” – Bluetooth connected light sticks that created cascades of colour across the stadium.
Oh, and they screamed. They screamed at the dancing. They screamed at the fireworks. They screamed when Jin held up a rose. They screamed at RM grabbing his crotch. They screamed at every, single smouldering look to the camera.
Even V’s pet dog Yeontan got a scream of approval when he popped up in a video interlude.
Never has the phrase “Wembley, make some noise,” been more redundant.
The lawyer representing Shamima Begum’s family has written to the home secretary accusing UK authorities of failing to protect the east London girl from being “groomed” by Islamic State.
The letter accuses police and her local council of failing to safeguard the teenager, who left for Syria in 2015.
The government stripped Ms Begum of her UK citizenship in February – a decision her family has said it will appeal.
The Home Office said it “does not routinely comment on individual cases”.
Shamima left the UK at the age of 15 alongside two fellow Bethnal Green Academy pupils, 15-year-old Amira Abase and 16-year-old Kadiza Sultana.
She was found in a Syrian refugee camp by a Times journalist in February this year. She was heavily pregnant with her third child and said she wanted to return home.
She has since been granted legal aid to fight the decision to revoke her British citizenship.
In the letter, seen by the BBC, lawyer Tasnime Akunjee claims the family was not told that Shamima had been interviewed by police when another girl at the same school left for Syria the previous December.
Had they known, he says, the family would have been able to stop Shamima from following her.
The letter makes the point that police interviewed seven friends of this first Bethnal Green runaway schoolgirl, whom the lawyer says had been “groomed for exploitation and trafficked internationally”.
But the police spoke to these seven girls, including Shamima, Amira and Kadiza, without the knowledge or consent of their parents.
The lawyer says that by questioning the girls without their parents, they were effectively put on notice that “they were being monitored and would have to leave for Syria immediately”.
The letter says that it was only after Shamima, Amira and Kadiza also ran away that Tower Hamlets Council took the decision to make the four remaining girls in the friendship group wards of court to protect them from the consequences of potential radicalisation.
Calling the chain of events “arguably the worse case of child radicalisation in the western hemisphere”, the letter criticises Tower Hamlets Council for having yet to launch a serious case review, conducted when a child has been abused or neglected and suffered serious harm as a result.
Moving on to Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to revoke Begum’s citizenship, Mr Akunjee contends that the government has “neglected to consider the failings of the UK government, which led to Ms Begum becoming a child victim of trafficking”.
The letter says Ms Begum was “born, raised, groomed and radicalised here in the UK”, and should not be left for another country to deal with.
The decision to strip her of her British citizenship was unlawful, “unprincipled” and a “knee-jerk reaction to the media furore”, it adds.
One passage of the 16-page letter quotes Shamima Begum’s sister, Renu Begum, who says the family has “suffered loss so many times”.
She says the family lost “a niece and nephew we never met”, referring to the first two children Shamima said she had in Syria.
Shamima told the BBC in February that both children had died.
She went on to have another child after being found in the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria. The baby was less than three weeks old when he died of pneumonia, according to officials in the camp.
Renu Begum says: “When Shamima was found in al-Hol, we had hope that we could rebuild something of our family. Sajid Javid stole that from us.”
The Home Office declined to comment on the letter.
But it said any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are based on all available evidence and not taken lightly.
A spokesman for Tower Hamlets Council said the case “did not meet the threshold for a serious case review”.
Instead the council provided “in-depth support to the school, its staff, parents and pupils in order to investigate what had happened and stop others following in their footsteps”.
Nikita Malik, from Henry Jackson Society think tank, said the UK must be “very careful employing terms of victimhood to individuals who have joined terrorist organisations”.
“Islamic State trafficked several Yazidi women into sexual slavery and forced marriage,” she said.
“This is a different scenario to Shamima Begum and other individuals who chose to travel to Syria.”
“We must not forget that a decision was made to join a terrorist organisation and this comes with consequences that can only be determined through due process, evidence, and a court to decide the level of participation that Shamima Begum played in Islamic State.”
Three London homes worth more than £80m have been frozen by the High Court in the second-ever use of anti-corruption orders to stop foreigners laundering cash in the UK.
The Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) were sought last week against a foreign official who was not named in court.
The National Crime Agency has demanded that the subject of the probe explains the source of their wealth.
The homes cannot be sold or given a new owner until the investigation is over.
The properties are held by offshore companies.
UWOs are a new anti-financial crime power targeted at foreign government officials and their families from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are believed to have laundered stolen money through British property.
If the suspect – known as a “politically exposed person” – cannot explain the source of the wealth, the NCA can ask the High Court to order the homes’ seizure.
The measure aims to target people who have committed huge frauds and embezzlements abroad where there is little or no chance of obtaining the evidence to convict them in a British court.
The first ever UWO was used against Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of a jailed Azerbaijan banker, who lives in a £12m London home and owns a Berkshire golf course.
Court papers disclosed to the BBC on Tuesday revealed how she spent £16m in Harrods over a decade without raising suspicions.
That legal action has so far lasted 15 months – and she not only denies wrongdoing but is also appealing against the potential loss of her property.
In a statement, the NCA said the three more recent orders were against property in “prime locations” in the capital.
Andy Lewis, the NCA’s head of asset denial, said UWOs are a “powerful tool in being able to investigate illicit finance flowing into the UK and discourage it happening in the first place”.
“The individuals behind these offshore companies now have to explain how the three properties were obtained,” he said.
By Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs correspondent
Unexplained Wealth Orders have caught the public’s eye because of the extraordinary allegations of mysterious wealth hidden behind the doors of some of Britain’s mansions.
But the fact is that the cases so far brought by the NCA are probably the tip of an iceberg of suspected corruption.
Of the properties owned by overseas companies in England and Wales, two-thirds are registered to firms in the British Virgin Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man – which means it can be difficult to work out who ultimately benefits from the asset
The government is supposedly committed to banning the ownership of British property through shadowy companies – but nothing has been done.
Until there is more clarity on who owns what, already-stretched financial crime investigators will struggle to seize the suspected billions of stolen loot washing around the British property market.
Robert Barrington, executive director of campaign group Transparency International, welcomed the latest UWOs – but said much more needed to be done.
He said: “London has long been the playground of the world’s corrupt kleptocrats and oligarchs – it’s very encouraging to see that this is at last being challenged.”
“Two years ago we identified £4.4bn worth of UK property bought with suspicious wealth. From that list of around 150 cases, two have now been progressed.”
He said the two cases represent “progress” but are “still an insufficient response to the magnitude of the problem”.
The Liberal Democrats were the main winners in the European elections in London, gaining three MEPs in the region.
Both the Brexit Party and Labour had two candidates elected, while the Green Party took the remaining seat.
It means the Conservative Party no longer has any MEPs in London, having lost the two seats it won in the 2014 European Parliament elections.
The Lib Dems vote share rose by 20%. The Brexit Party took 18% of the vote.
Turnout was 41.3% – slightly higher than the 40.1% turnout in the previous election.
Labour’s share fell by 12.7%, while UKIP and the Conservatives fell by 14.8% and 14.6% respectively. UKIP leader Gerard Batten lost his seat as an MEP.
Irina von Wiese, Dinesh Dhamija and Luisa Porritt will now serve as MEPs for the Lib Dems.
One of the Lib Dem victories was in Jeremy Corbyn’s borough Islington, where the party beat Labour into second place.
A London Labour Party spokesman said the elections in London “were always going to be tough”.
He added: “We’re ecstatic that both Claude Moraes and Seb Dance have been elected as MEPs for London.
“Our MEPs will go to Brussels championing workers rights, fighting climate change and the other issues important to our party.”
By Professor Sir John Curtice
Nothing illustrates more clearly the success of the Lib Dems in winning over Remain voters than the party’s success at coming a clear first in the capital, something it has never come remotely close to achieving in a previous election.
The Greens have also prospered to some degree with a three point increase in its vote to 12%.
Meanwhile the Brexit Party have inevitably done less well here with a modest 18% of the vote.
Meanwhile the weakness of Change UK is underlined by its inability to get more than 5% in this most Remain party of England.
Lib Dem MP Ed Davey tweeted he was “hearing good things across London” as his party dominated Kingston-upon-Thames in his constituency with 25,006 votes, amounting to 47% of the total 53,027 turnout in the borough.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas tweeted her congratulations to successful London candidate Scott Ainslie.
After Change UK failed to win a seat in London, MEP candidate and former BBC journalist Gavin Esler thanked “the 170,000 Londoners” who voted for the new party.
He added: “Now the real fight begins – to save Britain from the self-harm of Brexit in a People’s Vote and work to Remain.”
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|Dates: 30 May – 14 July, 2019|
|Live coverage: Ball-by-ball commentary on Test Match Special, plus text commentary, clips and highlights on the BBC Sport website|
England captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture to his left index finger but expects to be fit for his side’s opening World Cup fixture against South Africa on 30 May.
The 32-year-old will, however, miss his side’s warm-up match against Australia in Southampton on Saturday.
Morgan took the knock to his finger during catching drills on Friday.
“There’s a very small fracture in there but I’m good to go,” Morgan, speaking to www.cricketworldcup.com, said.
After practice he went to hospital for a precautionary X-ray.
“I am going to miss the game tomorrow unfortunately but, as regards to the first game of the tournament, I should be fit to go. It’s very good news,” added Morgan.
Morgan became England captain in 2015 and has been key in implementing his side’s attacking approach, which has lifted them to the top of the one-day international rankings.
He has played 222 ODIs and averages 39.64, with 12 tons and 45 half-centuries to his name.
England spinner Liam Dawson did not witness the incident but said the consensus from his team-mates was the Dublin-born left-hander’s injury was not serious.
“I was batting on the other side, so I didn’t know what went on. When I came back to the dressing room a couple of the lads were talking,” Dawson said.
“I just heard he got hit on the finger. I don’t think it’s too bad.”
Asked to explain Morgan’s importance to the squad, Dawson added: “He’s massive. The cricket that’s been played over the last four years has all been led by him. Hopefully he’s fit and raring to go.”
England are favourites to win the World Cup on home soil and claim the trophy for the first time, having lost in the final three times – in 1979, 1987 and 1992.
A man has been arrested after a gun was fired outside a mosque in east London during Ramadan prayers.
Police were called to reports of a man with a firearm entering the Seven Kings Masjid in Ilford at 22:45 BST on 9 May.
A 28-year-old man was arrested earlier on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence, possession with intent to supply, and assaulting a police officer.
Evidence suggested the weapon was a blank-firing handgun, police said.
Nobody was hurt in the incident. The arrested man remains in custody.
A climate change protest which blocked entrances to BP’s head office in central London has now ended.
The Greenpeace activists had placed five large steel containers outside each of the entrances to the building in St James’s Square.
Kitted out with food, a chemical toilet and internet access, each box contained two protesters who were expected to remain in place for several days.
But Met Police officers removed them in the early evening, making 10 arrests.
Earlier, four people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass after protesters abseiled down side of the building to block windows and display banners.
The aim of the protest was to keep BP’s headquarters closed “for at least the whole of this AGM week”, Greenpeace said.
The company’s annual general meeting is set to take place in Aberdeen on Tuesday.
Activists want BP to end exploration for oil and gas, and only invest in renewable energy.
In a statement, BP said: “We welcome discussion, debate, even peaceful protest on the important matter of how we must all work together to address the climate challenge, but impeding safe entry and exit from an office building in this way is dangerous and clearly a matter for the police to resolve as swiftly as possible.”
Tottenham have “grave concerns” over whether Uefa acted strongly enough after their fans reported being attacked by Barcelona stewards at a Champions League match.
The La Liga side were fined 20,000 euros (£17,546) on Friday for “insufficient organisation” during December’s group game.
Video footage emerged after the 1-1 draw that appeared to show fans being struck with batons inside the ground.
The club and fans sent details to Uefa.
Other fans were filmed getting struck on the way into the Nou Camp.
“We have grave concerns that the punishment imposed will not act as enough of a deterrent to avoid a repeat,” said the Champions League finalists in a statement.
“The treatment our fans was completely unacceptable, something Uefa has acknowledged, and some are still recovering as a result of this ordeal.
“No visiting supporters should have to experience what our fans went through that night again.”
Uefa’s fine was imposed on the day that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was given a one-match ban – suspended for 12 months – linked to the delayed start of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust said there had been “unprovoked and indiscriminate” assaults on fans and it planned to take legal advice.
“We submitted a detailed dossier of accounts from supporters who were caught up in that night’s violence,” it said.
“This decision by Uefa sends clear signals. It says supporters are fair game for security staff to do what they want to.
“It says that broadcast rights and kick-off times are more important than supporter safety. And it says Uefa is unfit for purpose.”
Uefa and Barcelona have not commented on the statements.
Spurs, who will contest the Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid on 1 June, were fined 10,000 euros (£8.758) for a delayed start to their home semi-final match against Ajax.