Today’s travel news centres on the ongoing storm devastation in the US, where dozens have been killed amid flash flooding and extreme winds.
Meanwhile in New Zealand, six people have been stabbed in a suspected Islamic terrorist attack. Hungary also makes the headlines after England players were targeted by racist abuse during Thursday’s World Cup qualifier in Budapest.
These are the key headlines affecting travel on Friday (3 September).
Storm Ida kills 45 in US
President Biden has called for major investment to combat climate change after 45 people died in the north-east US, which was hit by tornados and flash flooding. At least 14 died in New York, mainly from drowning in basements. (BBC News)
Extremist stabs six in New Zealand
Police in Auckland have shot dead a suspected Islamic terrorist who stabbed and injured six people in a supermarket. Some of the injuries are said to be serious. The dead man was a Sri Lankan national known to police, authorities said. (Metro)
England game highlights racism in Hungary
England’s football players were subjected to racist abuse at last night’s World Cup qualifier in Budapest. Players were booed for taking the knee, pelted with cups and subjected to monkey chants. (The Telegraph)
Virgin Galactic grounded
Sir Richard Branson’s space venture has been grounded by US authorities after it veered off course returning to earth. Regulators said the aircraft deviated from a path set by air traffic control when it returned to earth on 11 July. (Sky News)