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Ryanair closing bases due to Boeing 737 MAX crisis

London - Ryanair said Tuesday it will close some of its bases because of problems with Boeing's crisis-hit 737 MAX jet, which has been grounded after two fatal accidents.

Pakistan reopens airspace, ending months of flight restrictions

Karachi - Pakistan on Tuesday fully reopened its airspace for all civilian traffic, ending months of restrictions affecting major international routes including from India after clashes between the nuclear-armed rivals brought them to the brink of war.

Benin readies for return of treasures taken by France

Abomey-calavi - The display cases at the royal palaces in Benin's sleepy southern town of Abomey are coated in dust and the exhibition halls plunged in darkness.

Atlantia, Delta picked to reboot ailing Alitalia

Milan - Italy's state railway Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) on Monday said it had chosen the Atlantia transport group and US airline Delta as partners to reboot the ailing carrier Alitalia.

Eternally stinky city? Rome garbage crisis sparks health fears

Rome - Landfills in flames and rats feasting on waste in the streets have sparked health fears in Rome, as doctors warn families to steer clear of disease-ridden curbside garbage and locals launch a disgusting dumpster contest online.

Siberians flock to toxic lake for 'Maldives' selfies

Novosibirsk - An industrial dump site in Siberia whose turquoise lake resembles a tropical paradise has become a magnet for Instagrammers who risk their health in the toxic water to wow online followers.

Khashoggi fallout: Saudi holidaymakers urged to shun Turkey

Apo - Diplomatic fallout over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder appears to be slowing the flow of high-rolling Saudis to Turkey, as calls grow within the oil-rich kingdom to boycott the holiday magnet.

Op-Ed: France plans an 'ecotax' on most air travel starting next year

France plans to charge an "ecotax" on almost all air travel starting next year. The new tax is expected to bring in approximately $200 million a year. The funds could be used for less polluting means of transportation such as trains.

Fierce storm kills seven in Greek tourist peninsula

Thessalon - Seven people died and at least 23 were injured as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in one of Greece's top tourist areas, terrifying thousands of holidaymakers caught in the open, authorities said Thursday.

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Paris - European aircraft maker Airbus will ask airlines operating 25 of its oldest A380 super-jumbo jets to inspect their wings after cracks were found in some models, the EU's Aviation Safety Agency said.

Cruise ship in Venice near-miss just weeks after dock incident

Rome - A giant cruise ship very narrowly missed a yacht while being towed out of Venice late Sunday, just a month after a collision there renewed the controversy over the giant vessels.

Italy's Prosecco hills join UNESCO World Heritage list

Rome - Italy's Prosecco hills northeast of Venice, which have been cultivated for centuries, were on Sunday added to the World Heritage list by the UN cultural organisation.

Tour de Impossible? Pakistan hosts 'world's toughest cycle race'

Finishing nearly 5,000 metres above sea level after hundreds of kilometres winding past blackened glaciers and snow-capped peaks: a new Pakistani race presents a world-class challenge for cyclists -- climbing towards the "Roof of the World".

Water system of medieval German city gets world heritage status

Berlin - The German city of Augsburg was Saturday granted World Heritage status by UNESCO for its over 800-year-old water management system boasting an aquaduct, water towers, ornate fountains, canals and hundreds of bridges.

UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site 

Baghdad - UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted on Friday to list the sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site after three decades of lobbying efforts by Iraq.

Stromboli clears up ash after deadly volcano eruption

Stromboli - The village of Ginostra on Stromboli began sweeping away layers of ash on Thursday, the day after a dramatic volcanic eruption on the tiny Italian island killed a hiker.

Nine wounded in Yemen rebel attack on Saudi airport: coalition

Apo - A Yemeni rebel attack on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia wounded nine civilians Tuesday, a Riyadh-led coalition said, the latest in a series of strikes on the site."The terrorist attack on Abha airport...

Two planes overshoot runways in India

New Delhi - Two incidents of dangerous landings by commercial planes carrying more than 200 passengers were being investigated, Indian officials said Monday.

Iran announces visa waiver for Chinese tourists

Tehran - Iran will no longer require Chinese visitors to obtain visas, state media reported Sunday, as the sanctions-hit country attempts to boost tourism in the face of an economic crisis.
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