British Airways cancelled scores of flights after a massive global IT failure, Donald Trump returned from Europe to face damaging headlines over son-in-law Jared Kushner, and police continued a crackdown on a suspected terror network behind the Manchester attack.
Meanwhile, Arsenal secured a 2-1 FA Cup final win over 10-man Chelsea, strengthening Arsene Wenger’s case to remain at the club.
If you’ve been away from a screen or newspaper all weekend or want a summary, here’s a quick recap of the main events.
1. Choas after British Airways IT crash
British Airways passengers endured a nightmare weekend after the airline suffered a massive global IT failure, leading to the cancellation of all its flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday.
The computer crash caused unprecedented disruption for the airline which lasted several days. Thousands of holidaymakers were stranded and hotels surrounding the airports charged extortionate prices to the holiday makers with some charging between £1,000 to £2,500 a room for the night.
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Those who stayed in the airports were left to sleep on yoga mats, as conference rooms were opened to provide make-shift dormitories.
BA – who face a £50 million compensation bill – warned travellers on Sunday it may be several days before normal service can resume. It has also emerged the airline refused offers of assistance from its own IT supplier to resolve the problem.
2. Angela Merkel says Europe can no longer rely on US or UK
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has indicated Europe can no longer completely rely on its American and British allies in the wake of Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump, declaring the continent’s destiny is in “our own hands”.
Her extraordinary comments followed meetings of European leaders with Mr Trump at Nato and the G7.
Mrs Merkel, speaking at an election campaign event in a Bavarian beer tent, said it had served as a wake-up call. She said: “The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”
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Referencing Brexit, she said: “Of course we need to have friendly relations with the US, and with the UK, and with other neighbours, including Russia.”
But she added: “We have to fight for our own future ourselves, for our destiny as Europeans.”
For his part, Mr Trump called the trip a “home run” and said it was a “great success for America. Hard work but big results”.
3. Jared Kushner in storm over Russia contacts
Donald Trump arrived back in Washington from a nine-day world tour to face a fresh crisis engulfing the White House.
Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, reportedly tried to set up a secret communications back channel with the Kremlin in December. The move, which was apparently intended to make the confidential talks more difficult to monitor, was reportedly discussed during a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower.
The proposed back channel between Mr Trump’s team and the Kremlin was reportedly intended to allow sensitive discussions about strategy in Syria, it was reported.
It also emerged Mr Kushner had at least three interactions, including two phone calls, with Mr Kislyak, during and after the election, that had not been previously disclosed.
The FBI and several congressional committees are looking into Russia-Trump campaign connections, including allegations there may have been collaboration to help Mr Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
4. Corbyn condemned over Palestinian terrorist ceremony
Jeremy Corbyn has been condemned by his own party after admitting he attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of a Palestinian terrorist involved in the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.
Less than a year before becoming Labour leader, Mr Corbyn visited the cemetery in Tunisia where members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation are buried, including Atef Bseiso, who was directly involved in the Munich attack, prompting outrage from Jewish groups.
Labour Friends of Israel – which represents 100 Labour peers and former MPs who are currently trying to be re-elected – condemned the news, saying it was part of a “a very disturbing pattern of behaviour.”
5. Diane Abbott likens views on IRA with her Afro
Diane Abbott raised eyebrows by trying to distance herself from claims she supported the IRA by suggesting both her hairstyles and views have changed over the years.
The shadow home secretary said she had “moved on” from remarks she made in the 1980s when she declared her support for the IRA and claimed “every defeat of the British state is a victory for all of us”.
Diane Abbott refuses to denounce IRA
Asked about her views on the IRA in the 1980s, she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show this morning, she said: “It was 34 years ago, I had a rather splendid Afro at the time. I don’t have the same hairstyle, I don’t have the same views.
“It was 34 years on. The hairstyle is gone, some of the views are gone.”
Arsenal ended a season of frustration and uncertainty with FA Cup glory, denying 10-man Chelsea the double as beleaguered Arsene Wenger became the most successful manager in the competition’s history. Having stumbled home fifth and missed out on Champions League qualification, criticism of the Gunners boss has reached unprecedented and unpalatable levels.
Wenger has continued undeterred and, ahead of talks about his future next week, oversaw a record seventh FA Cup triumph on Saturday, with Aaron Ramsey securing a memorable 2-1 win moments after Chelsea’s Diego Costa had cancelled out Alexis Sanchez’s controversial strike.
Arsene Wenger on Arsenal’s FA Cup win and his future
The Arsenal manager delivered a defiant message to the Arsenal board, insisting that if they harbour any doubt over whether he should continue as manager, they should simply watch a rerun of the FA Cup final.
Wenger’s future will top the agenda at the club’s board meeting on Tuesday, with the Frenchman conceding he should have “sorted out” his future sooner because of the uncertainty and effect it has had on the club, the players and the media “debate” it provoked. Tellingly, he added that he was “committed to giving everything to stay”.
7. More arrests and investigation launched over Manchester attack
The crackdown on the suspected terror network behind the Manchester Arena suicide bomber saw police carry out a flurry of armed raids and arrests over the weekend. More than a dozen people were in custody after gun-carrying officers swooped on sites across the city as they worked to stamp out any lingering threat from co-conspirators to Monday’s massacre.
There were defiant scenes as thousands took to the streets for the Great Manchester Run despite concerns over security. The run started with a minute’s silence to honour the 22 victims of the attack and many participants were wearing yellow ribbons to remember them.
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As Theresa May announced the terror threat level has been reduced from critical to severe, Amber Rudd, the Home Secreatry, said missed chances to catch suicide bomber Salman Abedi would be investigated.
With the security services facing growing questions over failures to stop Abedi killing 22 people in the Manchester Arena, Ms Rudd said it would be examined whether there were “signals” which were not picked up on.
8. Petra Kvitova enjoys comeback after knife attack
Petra Kvitova’s first-round victory at the French Open was far more than just a tennis match. It was a medical breakthrough, a personal landmark and a celebration of the human spirit all rolled into one.
At a press conference on Friday, Kvitova had been careful not to pump up expectations of her comeback, emphasising that she had “already won my biggest fight” by making it to a tournament in the first place following the knife attack at her home in December that badly injured her left hand.
So few would have expected her to deliver such a commanding performance studded with the sort of searing strokeplay that brought her two Wimbledon titles.
“I thought I would cry when I stepped on the court,” said Kvitova, after her rapid 6-3, 6-2 victory over Julia Boserup, which made her the first player to reach the second round of this year’s French Open.
9. Victory for Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen had a face that could curdle milk. The Finn tends to display roughly the same emotional spectrum as a block of ice but his expression on the podium was a diagram of rage as some crafty Ferrari tactics propelled Sebastian Vettel to the team’s first Monaco Grand Prix win for 16 years.
Even the victor, sitting pretty on a 25-point championship lead after arch rival Lewis Hamilton finished seventh, had the decency to be sympathetic. “I can understand that Kimi is not happy,” Vettel said. “I would feel 100 per cent the same.”
There is little doubt that Ferrari’s strategy, which so clearly favoured Vettel by giving him five laps of clean air to over-cut his rival after the first round of pit stops, cost Raikkonen dearly.
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You’d be surprised how many vital services rely on wobbly IT systems
The world’s favourite airline? Not for thousands of customers left stranded at Heathrow and Gatwick this weekend, as an IT problem – due, apparently, to a “power supply issue” – grounded all British Airways flights.
When it comes to IT, we often focus on enemy action: hacking attempts of the type that recently disrupted the NHS. Yet the BA debacle is a reminder that in terms of strength and stability, the systems running our lives are often more Jeremy Corbyn than Theresa May.
Just recently, for example, BA’s website suffered a similar outage. As did the baggage-handling systems at Gatwick. As did a data centre run by Capita, which hosts many councils’ online services. As did deliveries for Sainsbury’s, which had to resort to printing out its online orders.
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Trump and Macron share gripping handshake
Emmanuel Macron has declared victory over Donald Trump, saying his ability to defeat the US president in the handshake challenge was a “moment of truth” which showed the French leader was no pushover.
The 39-year-old gripped his much older counterpart’s hand so firmly when they met for the first time ahead of a Nato summit in Brussels this week that their knuckles turned white and their jaws seemed to clench.
The pair looked each other fixedly in the eyes, and for a moment it looked like neither man wanted to be the first to end the manly clench.