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Mexico flights offered to U.S.-bound Cubans in C.America

San Jos - Thousands of US-bound Cubans stranded in Costa Rica and Panama will be able to take direct flights to Mexico, if they can afford the cost, the governments of the Central American countries said Friday.

No mountains? Unique French ski resort runs on old slag heap

Noeux-les-mines - France's busy little ski resort of Noeux-les-Mines is also its most unusual. It has no mountains, no snow, runs all year round and is built on a decades-old slag heap.

Review: Trotting around Oaklands Riding School Special

Saint Albans - If you've ever wanted to learn to ride a horse, then Oaklands Riding School is a good place to try. The school is located in Hertfordshire, U.K., and Digital Journal recently paid a visit.

Wojtek — The bear who joined the Polish Army Special

Edinburgh - He was in the army, he liked to smoke and drink and a fair bit of wrestling. He stood at over six feet tall in his bare feet and proudly gave the salute. Meet Wojtek the Soldier Bear.

Flying solo: Chinese woman only passenger on New Year flight

Bejing - A Chinese woman heading home for the holidays had a commercial airline flight all to herself after gruelling delays winnowed down other passengers.

Two female flight attendants get into fight, plane diverts

Minneapolis - Incidents of planes having to divert because of unruly passengers seems to be increasing. But one Delta flight made an unscheduled landing after two flight attendants engaged in a mid-flight fist fight. The airlines has apologized.

Free upgrades for stranded Chinese travellers

Bejing - Chinese rail authorities offered 10,000 stranded Lunar New Year travellers free upgrades to high-speed trains Wednesday as they tackled a huge backlog of passengers stuck in Guangzhou by snow and ice.

Op-Ed: The future of flying — Delta’s dog passenger goes viral

Atlanta - He’s better behaved than most airline passengers. He’s well groomed, sanitary, sits up in his seat, and just happens to be a dog. Forget cattle class; the new step up is canine class.

Michelin crowns Paris hotels under cloud of top chef's suicide

Paris - France's Michelin guide gave the country's most famous chef a much-prized third star and stripped him of another Monday as the restaurant world reeled after the apparent suicide of the "world's best chef" Benoit Violier.

Review: Dining out at Browns Court House, London Special

London - Browns restaurant is located in Covent Garden in London. The food is good and the building is interesting — the former Westminster County Court.

Paris's famed Ritz hotel to reopen in June after fire

Paris - The landmark Paris Ritz hotel will reopen in June after major renovations, three months behind schedule because of a fire on its top floor earlier this month, a spokesman said Friday.

Op-Ed: Road-tripping Italians make their journey about sharing dreams Special

Kolkata - I caught up with the Italian duo in Kolkata as they continued their epic road trip from Italy to Japan in a vintage 1965 Fiat 500, sharing the dreams of children they meet along the way remains the driving force behind their 6,000 plus mile journey.

New York to London in 11 minutes? Yes, it's possible

Imagine getting seated comfortably in an airliner seat in New York, and a mere 11 minutes after reaching altitude, you're coming in for a landing in London. Yes, it sounds like science-fiction, but it may soon be possible.

7 passengers injured, plane makes emergency landing in St. John's

St. John's - An American Airlines flight from Miami to Milan was forced to make an emergency landing in St. John's, N.L. after encountering severe turbulence. Seven people, passengers and members of the flight crew, sustained injuries.

Göbekli Tepe — The world's oldest known monument is a treasure

Located in the southeastern region of Anatolia in Turkey is an archaeological site known as Göbekli Tepe. Deemed "unremarkable" when the site was first discovered in the early 1960s, Klaus Schmidt thought otherwise, and we should be glad he did.

Airport reopens after snow strands 86,000 on S. Korea island

Seoul - The first flight in three days took off from the South Korean resort island of Jeju on Monday after the biggest snowfall in three decades shut the airport and stranded nearly 90,000 people.

Review: Enjoying rustic pizza in Hertfordshire Special

Ridge - The Old Guinea is a pub location in the village of Ridge in rural Hertfordshire. Unusually for a pub it doubles as a pizza restaurant; and the quality of the meals is first class.

Yosemite National Park, copyright issue has two sides Special

Yosemite National Park - Yosemite National Park copyrights — to who do they belong, and why do they belong to them? The answer may not be as simple as it seems at first glance,

Culture capital San Sebastian pushes peace to heal ETA wounds

Donostia-san Sebasti - Few cities have savoured peace in recent times as much as Spain's San Sebastian, which becomes European culture capital just a few years after Basque separatist group ETA ended decades of killings and kidnappings.
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