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Safer holiday destinations now preferred by holiday makers Commissioned

2015 was an eventful year for holiday makers. Sadly, a fair number of holidays ended in disaster, or didn’t take place at all, owing to some chilling global incidents and the impact that they left on tourists, the world over.

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.

'Nearly 100,000' Chinese new year travellers stranded

Bejing - Tens of thousands of Lunar New Year travellers in China were stranded Tuesday at a station in Guangzhou, state media said, after snow and ice elsewhere disrupted the world's largest annual human migration.

Demonstrators block westbound Bay Bridge in MLK Day protest

San Francisco - Protesters blocked all five westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge for more than an hour Monday in an extended version of anti-racism demonstrations that started early in the day in Oakland.

Brenda Lee makes Top 30 with 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree'

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee has a major Billboard chart milestone to celebrate.

Russian firms tone down holiday cheer as crisis bites

Moscow - Forget corporate holiday bashes where glitterati are treated to fine champagne and French delicacies: Russia's economic crisis has taken the glow off the holiday season this year.

Review: Elle King electrifies Fresh FM's Holiday Jam at Beacon Theatre Special

New York - On December 2, Elle King was one of the artists that performed at Beacon Theatre in New York, as part of Fresh 102.7's Holiday Jam.

Brenda Lee back on Billboard charts with her holiday classic tune

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brenda Lee is back on the Billboard charts with her classic holiday anthem "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

Black Friday crowds smaller, calmer in stores across the country

New York - Smaller crowds and fewer unruly bargain-hunters made the start of the holiday shopping season seem almost civilized, reports from around the country appear to indicate.

Review: Tahj Mowry back with heart-warming 'Underneath the Mistletoe' Special

Actor Tahj Mowry is showing his fans his prowess in singing, with his latest holiday track "Underneath the Mistletoe," and it is delightful.

Popcorn at the cemetery on All Saints' Day in Poland

Varsovia - Popcorn at the cemetery, anyone? How about a Mickey Mouse balloon? Or socks, perfume, cotton candy, maybe kielbasa sausage straight from the grill?

'War Room' to take over a weak holiday box office

As Labor Day weekend winds down, a small budget film will take down a three-time champ at the box office. It will not be pretty, though.

French family leave child, 3, at motorway rest stop in holiday rush

Lyon - A family on their way to the French Riviera for their holidays left their three-year-old daughter in a motorway layby Sunday and drove more than 150 kilometres (90 miles) before realising they had "forgotten" her, police said.

Seagulls terrorise British holidaymakers

Brighton - A familiar presence at Britain's seaside resorts, seagulls have this summer spread fear after ambushing holidaymakers as they tuck into their fish and chips, and even attacking pets.

Pub customers 'appalled' as Christmas tree goes up in July

Milton Keynes - A British bar and restaurant has sparked outrage from customers after putting up a Christmas tree over five months before the big day. The pub was apparently using it as a "training exercise" for staff but drinkers weren't happy.

Indonesians stranded for Eid as volcanoes force airports closed

Surabaya - Thousands of Indonesians were spending Eid in misery Friday after failing to make it home to see their families as erupting volcanoes closed six airports, including in the country's second-biggest city.

Kenny Rogers to release 'Once Again it's Christmas' holiday CD

Country Music Hall of Famer and living music legend Kenny Rogers will be releasing his first new Christmas album in 17 years.

Famed Soviet children's camp in Crimea reopens

Simferopol - It was once the summer destination for the brightest and best of Soviet children but it slipped into disuse and decay after the Socialist empire crumbled.

Burning Judas: Easter tradition gets political

- During Holy Week in Mexico there are always processions and prayers, traditionally observed by worshipers across the country. But lesser-known traditions also persist, such as burning Judas figures as a means of overcoming evil.

Ukraine rebels mark Soviet holiday for defenders of 'fatherland'

Donetsk - Thousands of men and women gathered on Lenin square in east Ukraine's main rebel-held city Donetsk on Monday to celebrate a Soviet-era holiday and pay hommage to their fallen fighters.

Asia rings in Year of the Sheep with fireworks, festivities

Bejing - Fireworks illuminated the skies across China as millions around Asia ushered in the Year of the Sheep on Thursday, kicking off festivities with an annual televised gala that got a thumbs down on social media for heavy Communist Party propaganda.

Toronto's Ultimate Travel Show

Toronto - Pack your bags and get ready to discover the world at Toronto’s Ultimate Travel Show, taking place Saturday January 24 and Sunday January 25 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Pentatonix enjoys multiple successes this holiday season

A cappella vocal group Pentatonix has enjoyed many successes this holiday season, thanks to their albums and viral music videos.

Cool last-minute holiday deals: Xbox One bundles at $299

As the last few frantic hours of Christmas shopping for friends and family take hold, American retailers are slashing the prices of Xbox One console bundles to under $300, comparable to Black Friday.

Pentatonix announce European leg of 'On My Way Home' tour

Grammy-nominated a-cappella vocal group Pentatonix have announced their U.K. and European leg of their "On My Way Home" tour.

Review: Nick Tangorra Band puts fans in holiday spirit with new tune Special

Nick Tangorra Band covers a holiday classic, "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" in their new music video, and they nail it.

Digital Journal's Holiday Gift Guide: Tech edition

Our holiday gift guide returns, with reviews of some of the hottest tech goodies you'll want to buy for your loved ones. Learn about new Koss headphones, how to charge cellphones on the go, addictive Nintendo games, and a gadget to find your lost items.

U.S. shoppers go in for the kill on 'Black Friday'

Leesburg - The traditionalists don't like it, but the "Black Friday" shopping frenzy is as much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States as turkey and pumpkin pie. And it's only Thursday.

Review: Heart delights on new 'Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays' Special

Rock band Heart is back with their newest album "Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays," where they cover many holiday favorites.

Review: Michelle Wright's 'A Wright Christmas' is a holiday gem Special

Canadian country music star Michelle Wright's "A Wright Christmas" is still a Christmas classic album and perfect for the holiday season.
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