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Military officers in Gabon have appeared on state TV to announce they have seized power and placed the president, Ali Bongo, under house arrest. If successful, the coup – which began just hours after Bongo won a third term in office amid suspicions of vote-rigging – would be the eighth in west and central Africa since 2020. An incorrectly filed flight plan, possibly from a French airline, was responsible for corrupting Britain’s air traffic control system on Monday, says The Daily Telegraph. The travel “meltdown” could cost airlines as much as £100m. Beer goggles are a myth, says the Daily Star. Researchers at Stanford have shown that drinking alcohol doesn’t make other people appear better looking – but it does provide “Dutch courage” to help you talk to people you already fancy. It’s “rather disappointing news for all of us who happen not to look like Brad Pitt”.