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Bomb blast hits tourist bus near Egypt pyramids

G - A bomb blast hit a tourist bus near Egypt's famed Giza pyramids on Sunday, wounding some of them, including South Africans, in the latest blow to the country's tourism industry.

Blast hits Egypt tourist bus, 17 injured: security, medical sources

Apo - An explosion struck a tourist bus on Sunday near Egypt's famed pyramids, injuring 17 people including foreigners, security and medical sources said.

First Everest death of 2019, Irishman missing

Kathmandu - Mount Everest claimed Friday its first fatality of the main spring climbing season, an Indian man, while an Irish mountaineer was also missing, expedition organisers in Nepal said.

'Weight and balance' errors caused deadly Cuba air crash

Havana - A plane crash that killed 112 people in Cuba a year ago was caused by an error by the crew in its calculation of the aircraft's weight and balance, a government investigation commission said.

Iraqi Airways to resume flights to Syria after 8-year break

Baghdad - Iraq's national carrier is to resume flights to the capital of neighbouring Syria for the first time since the war there erupted in 2011, a spokesman said Thursday.

Lights, camera... creche! Cannes gets red carpet nursery

Cannes - In a sunny corner overlooking the yacht-filled harbour, a handful of Cannes' youngest visitors are bouncing around a vibrant-coloured carpet in the first-ever creche at the world's biggest film festival.

Eiffel Tower celebrates 130th birthday

Paris - The Eiffel Tower has celebrated its 130th birthday in Paris, with the city marking the anniversary with a light show at the famed monument.

Calls for Airbnb users to shut accounts over Israeli settlements

Ramallah - Campaigners called on supporters of the Palestinian cause to at least temporarily deactivate their Airbnb accounts on Wednesday to protest its listings in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Everest sees first summits of 2019

Kathmandu - Eight Nepali climbers reached the top of Mount Everest on Tuesday, opening the route for a potentially record number of climbers to summit the world's highest mountain in the coming weeks.

Cannes ups the glamour with $1 billion facelift

Cannes - After years of living off their glamorous reputation, Cannes's five-star hotels are getting a $1-billion makeover to make them fit to host Hollywood's A-listers.

Cannes makes a killing on the film festival

Cannes - The Cannes film festival is not just about killings made on big-money movie deals sealed over champagne in hotel suites and on luxury yachts.It is a goldmine too for many locals in the French Riviera resort.

Everest braces for record year amid overcrowding fears

Kathmandu - The tented city at the foot of Mount Everest is bustling as mountaineers brace for potentially the busiest year yet on the world's highest peak, prompting concerns about overcrowding and safety.

Kidnapped tourists land in France after Burkina Faso raid

Paris - Three hostages freed in Burkina Faso in a special forces raid in which two French soldiers died on Saturday arrived in France to be greeted by President Emmanuel Macron.

Shark attack kills surfer off France's Reunion

La Providence - An attack by a shark has killed a surfer off France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion, the latest fatality in increasingly dangerous waters, emergency services said on Thursday.

Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' to be shut until 2021

Bangkok - The closure of the glittering Thai bay made famous by the movie "The Beach" has been extended for another two years to allow a full recovery of its corals and wildlife, an official said Thursday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the tourism industry.

Rideshare firms have snarled up San Francisco: study

Washington - One of the early promises of the ride-hailing era ushered in by Uber and Lyft was that the new entrants would complement public transit, reduce car ownership and help alleviate congestion.

Superjet flights cancelled following Russian plane disaster

Moscow - Russian national carrier Aeroflot cancelled four flights that normally use the Sukhoi Superjet aircraft Wednesday, days after a deadly crash-landing in Moscow where 41 people died in a fire.

Iran Air appoints new US-sanctioned CEO

Tehran - Tehran has appointed a new CEO to head national airline Iran Air, state news reported, replacing its first female CEO with a US-blacklisted pilot.

German tourist swept to her death in Corsica

Marseille - A German tourist was swept to her death as she walked along a beach in southern Corsica on Sunday as high waves battered the French Mediterranean island, officials said.
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