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Travel sector is turning to AI: Interview Special

The travel sector is increasingly turning to artificial intelligence to improve the traveler journey from start to finish. To gain an insight into what the use of technology means for the sector, Noreen Henry of WayBlazer assesses the trends.

Happy 2968! Berber New Year becomes holiday in Algeria

Tizi Ouzou - Algerian Berbers marked their New Year as a public holiday Friday with feasts, dancing and horse parades, a first for the North Africa region where indigenous peoples have long suffered marginalisation.

Trump attends Christmas Eve mass as he spends holiday in Florida

Palm Beach - US President Donald Trump attended a Christmas Eve service in Florida Sunday night with First Lady Melania Trump, as they spend a year-end break at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort.

Where's Santa? US-Canadian military command tracking St Nick

Washington - It's the question every good little girl and boy asks on Christmas Eve: When is Santa coming?

Zimbabwe declares Mugabe's birthday a holiday

Harare - Zimbabwe has made former president Robert Mugabe’s birthday a public holiday, a state daily reported Monday, nearly a week after the long-time ruler stepped down.

98 Degrees to appear on television in support of Christmas album

Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees will be appearing on television to support their new Christmas album, "Let It Snow."

Ukraine seeks distance from Moscow with new Christmas holiday

Kiev - Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday voted for a new public holiday on 25 December in a move which they said would allow the country to distance itself from Russia, which celebrates Orthodox Christmas in January.

Review: Hanson glorious on new 'Finally It's Christmas' album Special

Grammy-nominated pop group Hanson has released their highly anticipated holiday album, "Finally It's Christmas" on October 27.

Review: Cheap Trick rocks on new holiday album 'Christmas Christmas' Special

On October 20, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick released their first-ever holiday album "Christmas Christmas" on Big Machine Records.

Philippines' Duterte honours Marcos on 100th birthday

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte symbolically honoured Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday by declaring the late dictator's 100th birth anniversary a public holiday in the ex-leader's home province.

In inflation-hit Egypt, Eid sacrifices are a luxury

- The cattle traders in the Ashmun market, north of the capital Cairo, jostled to lure customers into buying a buffalo or a sheep for Eid al-Adha, the annual Muslim holiday when custom requires a sacrifice.

Turkey agrees extra holidays to boost tourism

Ankara - The Turkish government on Tuesday extended upcoming public holidays to 10 days in the hope of boosting the tourism sector which has been hit by a slump in foreign visitors.

Thousands of revellers celebrate Dutch king's 50th birthday

Den Haag - Hundreds of thousands of Dutch citizens on Thursday celebrated the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander with shows, parties and street sales with many sporting quirky outfits and hats in the national colour orange.

Labour's Corbyn promises more public holidays in vote pledge

London - Britain's opposition Labour party promised Sunday to introduce four new public holidays if it wins the June snap election, marking the patron saints days of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Protesters demand Enbridge's 64-year-old pipeline 5 be shut down

Enbridge Energy Partners officials faced a rowdy crowd at the Michigan pipeline safety advisory board meeting on Monday, as they tried to defend their 64-year-old Line 5 pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinac.

Struggle against evil sparks China ritual

Hinghwafu - Villagers in eastern China have a unique way of washing away the taint of evil spirits -- by bathing in a shower of scorching sparks.

Enter the dragon: rural Chinese honour mythical beast

Dragons several hundred metres long snake their way down pastoral roads and through country hamlets, part of centuries-old Chinese folk celebrations for a mythical creature revered as a blessing.

Enter the dragon: rural Chinese honour mythical beast

Dragons several hundred metres long snake their way down pastoral roads and through country hamlets, part of centuries-old Chinese folk celebrations for a mythical creature revered as a blessing.

Enter the dragon: rural Chinese honour mythical beast

Dragons several hundred metres long snake their way down pastoral roads and through country hamlets, part of centuries-old Chinese folk celebrations for a mythical creature revered as a blessing.

Brenda Lee has been rocking her holiday classic for 58 years

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brenda Lee has been "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" for 58 years. It is still a perennial holiday classic.

'A Pentatonix Christmas' is fifth best-selling album of 2016

"A Pentatonix Christmas" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts, and it was the fifth best-selling album of 2016.

Obama pays last presidential holiday visit to Hawaii marine base

Kaneohe - US President Barack Obama on Sunday visited American troops at a Hawaii military base, the last time he will participate in his holiday tradition as commander-in-chief.

Website charts Santa's journey around the globe

Washington - An online Santa tracker run by a Canadian and American defense agency mapped the jolly old gift-giver's path around the globe Saturday, in what has become a Yuletide tradition.

Review: Darlene Love wows on signature holiday classic on 'The View'

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love performs her Christmas classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on "The View."

Broadway Cares/Equity fights AIDS, releases 2016 holiday album

Broadway Cares/Equity is fighting AIDS by releasing a vivacious holiday album, as part of the "Broadway's Carols for a Cure."

Life imitates cinema in Mexico City's Day of the Dead parade

Mexico - Thousands thronged downtown Mexico City on Saturday for a "traditional" indigenous procession held for the first time this year, inspired by a hit Hollywood movie.

US creepy clown craze puts damper on Halloween

Miami - Maybe it's better to leave the clown costume in the closet this Halloween.

Sarah McLachlan to release 'Wonderland,' a new holiday album

Grammy-winning songstress Sarah McLachlan will be releasing her new studio album, "Wonderland," on October 21, via her label, Verve Records.

Nazi beach resort ruin transforms into luxury playground

Prora - One of the biggest relics left behind by the Nazis is undergoing a radical transformation on a German island, harnessing a property boom to become a luxury tourist destination.

Obama celebrates U.S. military, daughter's 18th birthday on July 4

Washington - US President Barack Obama celebrated the country's military as well as his daughter Malia's 18th birthday at the White House to mark America's Independence Day holiday.
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Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, Spain
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Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
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Constantia Vista, Cape Town, South Africa
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Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
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View of Toronto's skyline from the Toronto Island.
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The Kalliste and Millianna villa resorts, found on the Greek island of Kefallinia
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Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, Spain
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Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, Spain
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The Walmart next to the Jilin mall looked festive with red lanterns hung from the ceiling
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Constantia Vista, Cape Town, South Africa - The Vista Apartment.
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The New Bridge, Ronda, Spain
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Puerta de Almocabar. Ronda, Spain
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Lovejoy's Tea Room in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood.
Cemetery with decorated graves in Nadarzyn  central Poland.
Cemetery with decorated graves in Nadarzyn, central Poland.
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A look down Woodward Avenue
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Constantia Vista, Cape Town, South Africa - The Main House - Master Bedroom.
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