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■ United States

Blair in jet mishap

A British Airways plane with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on board overshot the runway at Miami International Airport on Tuesday, officials said, noting that there were no injuries. Airport spokesman Marc Henderson said British Airways Flight 209 from London to Miami "did in fact overextend from the runway" shortly after 6pm but did not leave the pavement. "The plane was pushed back from where it was and went to the gate under its own power," Henderson told reporters. Secret Service spokeswoman Kim Bruce confirmed Blair, who is under the agency's protection, was on board.

■ Canada

Alleged spy deported

The government has deported an alleged Russian spy who was arrested in last month after residing in the country for 10 years, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said. Day thanked various government services for their work in ridding the country of the suspected spy, who had obtained a fake Canadian passport using the name Paul William Hampel. "I want to commend the work of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Canada Border Services Agency and Correctional Services Canada on this successful operation," he said in a statement. "The removal of this individual is an example of how the security certificate process can and should work," he said.

■ United States

Polar bears melting away

US President George W. Bush's administration is proposing to list the polar bear as an endangered species because of warming temperatures in the animal's habitat, the Washington Post reported yesterday. The proposal, described by an Environmental Protection Agency official who spoke on condition of anonymity, marks the first time the administration has identified climate change as the driving force behind the potential demise of a species, the paper said. "We've reviewed all the available data that leads us to believe the sea ice the polar bear depends on is receding," the official said. "Obviously, the sea ice is melting because the temperatures are warmer," he said.

■ United Arab Emirates

IPod to influence building

Apple's iPod could be stretching its influence into unexpected territory -- architecture. A newly announced multimillion dollar building project in the Middle Eastern kingdom will take inspiration for its design from that of the iconic MP3 player, according to reports. Government officials have said that the "iPad" will be perched on top of a docking station, and will ape the iPod by sitting at an angle of six degrees. The 23-story building, due to open in 2009, is expected to house more than 200 homes and offices, said its backers. Hong Kong-based consultancy James Law Cybertecture is designing the building.

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