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Lagos turns 50: half-a-century of urban chaos

Lagos - It's only when the thick smog of humidity and pollution lifts that the size of Lagos becomes clear: from above, the megacity of some 20 million people seems to stretch out to infinity.

Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom

Saint- - When a severe, unseasonal cold snap gripped Bordeaux vineyards in late April, winegrowers sprang into action. They set fires in thousands of oil drums, positioning them carefully between the rows of budding grapevines in southwest France.

Two big augmented reality projects are coming to air travel

Augmented reality is already impacting the way information shapes our world. Weary travelers will be glad to hear that they could soon benefit from the transformational powers of AR.

Sicilian tourist town in lockdown for G7

Taormina - A Sicilian town beloved by the rich and famous is swapping sun-worshippersfor snipers as the leaders of the G7 descend for a high-security meeting in the hill-top holiday destination.

Gambia tackles sleazy image to diversify tourism

Serrekunda - For decades, The Gambia has built a reputation as a haven for tourists willing to pay for sun, sand, sea... and sex.

China scrambles to tame bike chaos

Bejing - A booming rental bike business has flooded China's streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing havoc.

From rubber ducks to sausages, Luther mania sweeps German town

Wittenberg - Carrying an armful of "Luther Brodt" gingerbread to the cashier, Mikael Byrial Jensen admits sheepishly that Martin Luther would probably not have been impressed by the flood of souvenirs bearing his name.

Cuba's first luxury hotel opens in Havana

Havana - Cuba's first ultra luxury hotel opened its doors Monday in Havana, with guests paying up to $2,500 a night to stay in five-star comfort on the Communist island.

Jerusalem: city of prayer and conflict

Jerusalem - Donald Trump was on Monday to become the first serving US president to visit the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, located in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

Three climbers die on Everest, one missing

Kathmandu - Three climbers died on Everest over the weekend and another is missing, officials confirmed Monday, in one of the deadliest episodes on the peak since an avalanche swept through base camp killing 18 two years ago.

No money to gamble at Zimbabwe's fading racecourse

Harare - Once the preserve of the ruling white minority, horse racing in Zimbabwe adapted to survive independence in 1980 by attracting a loyal following of local fans who enjoyed a bet.

American climber dies on Everest, Indian missing

Kathmandu - An American climber died Sunday on his way to the summit of Mount Everest, expedition organisers said, the latest death to mar the ongoing climbing season.

Museum exhibit explores heyday of Atlantic Ocean luxury liners

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts is partnering with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to bring back the golden era of ocean travel with an exhibit that opens on Saturday, May 20. Visitors will be able to relive a time that is now gone

Op-Ed: North Korea and Russia start ferry service between countries

Just as the United States is trying to isolate North Korea and imposes more sanctions, Russia and North Korea have initiated ferry services between Rajin on the east coast of North Korea and Vladivostok on Russia's east coast.

Everest permit dodger says he was ready to face jail

Kathmandu - A South African caught attempting to climb Mount Everest without an $11,000 permit said Thursday that he couldn't afford the hefty fee but had always planned to turn himself in and serve jail time as punishment.

Last horsemen of Hunza: Pakistan Buzkashi game faces final whistle

Hunza - In a remote northern Pakistani valley surrounded by giant ice-capped peaks, villagers gather to watch a game of Buzkashi, an ancient equestrian sport once seen as a key test of virility that is now struggling for survival.

Air Canada flight diverted after man tries to open cabin door

Orlando - An Air Canada flight had to make an emergency landing in Orlando after a passenger yelled at other passengers, waived coffee pots at crew members and tried to open a cabin door while the plane was in the air.

EU, US hold 'robust' talks on possible airline laptop ban

Brussels - Top US and EU officials traded intelligence Wednesday on what they called "serious evolving threats" to airline security as Washington mulls banning carry-on computers on flights from Europe.

High crime rate a shadow over Caribbean tourism: study

Miami - The Caribbean and its pristine beaches may be a tourist magnet, but life in paradise comes at a price: the soaring violent crime rate is higher than in Latin America or Africa.
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