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New York vows to reopen Statue of Liberty, at its own cost

New York - The Statue of Liberty, temporarily closed by a US government budget shutdown, will reopen on Monday to once again beckon other countries' "huddled masses" -- as well as not-so-poor tourists with dollars to spend.

Jamaica declares emergency over parts of island as gun crime soars

Montego Bay - Jamaica has declared a state of emergency in the island's second city Montego Bay, where authorities are battling to stem a wave of killings.

AI, virtual reality make inroads in tourism sector

Madrid - A hotel room automatically adjusting to the tastes of each guest, virtual reality headsets as brochures: the tourism sector is starting to embrace new technologies, hoping to benefit from lucrative personal data.

Eleven killed Turkey ski holiday bus crash

Istanbul - Eleven people were killed on Saturday and 46 injured when a Turkish intercity bus taking families bound for a half-term skiing trip crashed into trees while travelling on a motorway, local officials said.

Female Sherpa from Nepal scales new heights

Kathmandu - When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a girl. Now she has proved her doubters wrong, becoming Nepal's first woman to earn a prestigious international qualification.

Storm damage to cost Germany 500 mln euros as death toll rises

Berlin - German insurers estimated Friday that ferocious gales that battered Germany caused 500 million euros ($614 million) in damages, as the number of dead across the country rose to eight.

Amazonians want pope to come to their defense, with a bow and arrow

Puerto Maldonado - Indigenous leaders from the Amazon who will meet Pope Francis in Peru on Friday will present him with a bow and arrow, a gift rich in symbolism for a vulnerable people clinging to a simple past, facing an uncertain future.

Violent storms bring travel chaos to the Netherlands

Den Haag - Severe winter gales battered the Netherlands Thursday forcing Amsterdam airport to cancel all flights, bringing Dutch trains to a halt and toppling trucks as winds reached 140 kilometres (86 miles) an hour.

Emirates announces $16 bn deal for 36 A380s

Dibai - Emirates Airlines said Thursday it has struck a $16 billion deal to buy 36 Airbus A380 superjumbos just days after the European manufacturer said it would have to halt production without new orders.

Qantas changes website to recognise Chinese territories

Sydney - Australia's Qantas has changed its website classification of Taiwan and Hong Kong from separate countries to Chinese territories after Chinese regulators scolded several foreign firms over similar listings.

Stricken Turkey plane 'suffered sudden engine surge'

Istanbul - A Turkish passenger plane that plunged off a runway onto a cliff precariously close to the sea suddenly turned after a surge of power in one of its engines, pilots told investigators in comments published Monday.

Spain expected to replace US as 2nd tourism destination

Madrid - Spain is expected to replace the United States as the world's second tourism destination while France has retained the top spot, the UN World Tourism Organization said Monday.

Turkish passenger plane skids off runway onto seaside cliff

Ankara - A plane with 168 people aboard skidded off a runway onto a seaside cliff after landing at an airport in northern Turkey at the weekend, but no one was injured in what one passenger called a "miracle".

'Shithole' projected on Trump's hotel in Washington

Washington - The word "shithole" -- which President Donald Trump allegedly used to describe countries from which he does not want immigrants coming to the US -- has been projected along with other messages onto his Washington hotel.

Footage shows 6-metre snow tunnel on road in French Alps

Paris - Avalanches and record snow fall in the French Alps have buried some roads, leading to the creation of treacherous ice tunnels which drivers have to navigate on their way up or down the mountains.

Cars, castles and communism: things to know about the Czech Republic

Prague - The Czech Republic emerged from four decades behind the Iron Curtain to become a member of the European Union and one of Europe's tourist hotspots.Here are five things to know about the central European country of 10.

Ryanair faces strike by Italian air transport unions

Rome - Three Italian air transport unions on Wednesday announced their intention for a nationwide strike for Ryanair staff on February 10, expressing disappointment after the first meeting with management of the Irish low-cost airline.

US revamps travel warning system, ranks countries

Washington - The United States unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel Wednesday, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map.

Trains resume service in snowbound Swiss ski resort

Zermatt - Trains began running again in the Zermatt ski station on Wednesday after crews dug through mounds of snow blocking the tracks, offering relief to thousands of tourists stranded at the popular Swiss resort.
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