August 17th, 2010
06:45 AM ET

World update: British airport strike averted

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on some of the stories we're following on Tuesday:

Strike averted - A strike which could have caused the closure of six UK airports and chaos for thousands of European passengers has been averted after the UK union, Unite, and BAA reached a deal late on Monday. Full details of the deal are expected to be disclosed on Tuesday.

Barclays sanctions - Barclays Bank is to pay $298m (£190m) to settle criminal charges that it violated U.S. sanctions in dealings with Cuba, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Burma. According to court documents, Barclays facilitated and hid transactions for countries facing U.S. sanctions.

Beatles Hamburg - Fifty years ago, the Beatles played their first gig in Hamburg as a minor support act. Many music critics credit this tough stint in Germany with providing them with the experience and training to help them to produce the volume of music which they subsequently released when they hit the big time. Fred Pleitgen looks at the Beatles' legacy which still remains in the North German city.

France World Cup - Five members of France’s beleaguered World Cup team are being held to account by the French Football Federation on Tuesday over their performance during the summer’s tournament. The five players including captain Patrice Evra are expected to answer football bosses questions about the infamous “walk out.”

Jolie on Pakistan - Angelina Jolie has pledged to "do what she can" for flood-ravaged Pakistan. The Oscar-winning actress, 35, was asked what she would do in her role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as she promoted her new action thriller, Salt, in London's West End.

UK economy - The UK Chancellor, George Osborne, will give a keynote speech on the UK economy on the same day that latest UK inflation figures show that slowed slightly to 3.1%.

Ash compensation - As the airline industry is recovering from the ash cloud disruptions, many passengers are still trying to get compensated for their disrupted travel plans. Thousands of passengers are still reportedly waiting to be compensated and some airlines may even be in trouble with the European Commission for not paying, reports suggest.

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  1. acmed Shams

    May we never forget how brutal and dictatorial the Taliban are and why US forces are so needed there
    Please watch this. Seriously.

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