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Airport Ban On Liquid Carry-Ons May End, As Europe Tests New Security Measures

Zurich Airport is among the first to begin to test two devices that can detect dangerous liquids. In the future, all of Europe hopes to gradually relax its strict bans on liquids in carry-on luggage.

Left-behind water bottles have become common airport scenery (chelzerman)
Left-behind water bottles have become common airport scenery (chelzerman)
Jan Derrer and Franziska Kohler

ZURICH - Each day, Zurich Airport confiscates more than 600 kilograms worth of drinks, perfumes, and creams from its passengers. That should all change soon: starting this week, municipal police will be testing two new devices that can automatically distinguish between dangerous and inoccuous liquids in passenger hand luggage.

Anyone who successfully passes this inspection will be able to take his or her liquids on board. Currently, travelers may carry only 100-milliliter containers of liquids or creams with them.

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Sergey Lavrov, Putin’s Decoy-In-Chief

The Russian Foreign Minister, among the country’s most recognizable figures, embodies both the corruption and confusion of the Putin regime. Not everything is what it seems — and that’s the point.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a diplomatic reception for heads of African diplomatic missions

Anna Akage

From the outside, one might have the impression that the Russian Federation is run through a highly complex and well-coordinated apparatus that ensures that any single cog in Vladimir Putin’s system is by definition both in synch with the other cogs — and utterly replaceable. The Kremlin appears to us through this lens as an impregnable citadel with long arms and peering eyes that are literally everywhere.

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And yet, this is a completely false picture — and there’s no greater proof than in looking more closely at one of Russia's most prominent figures, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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