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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Ryanair's court bid grounded

RYANAIR has failed to get a High Court injunction preventing a travel agency from selling the airline's flights as part of holiday packages.

A judge said Ryanair's fear that, without an injunction, Club Travel's activities would cause unquantifiable damage to its business and reputation were "somewhat unreal and fanciful".

Club Travel Ltd, whose registered name is Budget Travel, was allegedly reutilising data from Ryanair's website on its own, in breach of the airline's policy to only sell tickets itself, the High Court heard.

Club denied the claims.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern said an injunction was not necessary because Ryanair may well be able to establish some of the damage it asserts is being caused to it when its case goes to full hearing.



Obama speaks



out over teen

President Barack Obama has called the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a Florida suburb a "tragedy".

And he said if he had a son he would look like 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The teen was shot by a neighbourhood watch security volunteer who said he was acting in self-defence.

Obama said "every aspect" of the case that has rallied civil rights activists should be investigated.



Titanic letter



up for auction

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic will be marked by the auction of more than 180 pieces of memorabilia, including a letter from the bandleader who played on as the ship sank.

Wallace Hartley wrote to his parents in England that the Titanic was a fine ship and that he expected to be home soon. The US sale is in New Hampshire on April 26.



Fastest planets



in the galaxy

Runaway "warp speed" planets could be flying through the galaxy and beyond at a sizeable fraction of the speed of light, scientists believe.

Computer simulations at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Massachusetts predict black holes acting like slingshots to rip planets from their orbits and fling them through space at up to 30 million mph.

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