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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.

'India's cleanest village' clings on to its serenity

- In the tiny hamlet of Mawlynnong in India's far north east, plastic is banned and spotless paths are lined with flowers -- but its reputation as Asia's cleanest village has proved a mixed blessing.

Paris New Year hotel reservations slump

Paris - Paris hotels, usually crammed with New Year revellers, have seen New Year reservations plunge 30 percent in the wake of the November 13 attacks, the head of the regional hotel union said Thursday.

Tourism chief tells Russians they do not need beach holidays

Moscow - Russia's tourism chief prompted a wave of anger on Monday by claiming there is no need for people to go abroad on beach holidays, after Moscow barred travel to Turkey and Egypt.

'Come, spend in Paris', French PM urges tourists

Paris - France's premier Tuesday urged tourists to come to Paris, spend money and enjoy the capital's cultural attractions to help boost the city in the wake of deadly jihadist attacks.

Russian tourists run out of sunny options as Turkey tensions rise

Moscow - Tensions following Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet have shrunk the horizon for Russian tourists in search for sunnier climes -- and for battered tour operators.

Lavrov warns citizens off travel to Turkey as cancels visit

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday recommended against Russians travelling to Turkey and cancelled his own planned visit after Ankara shot down a Russian fighter jet.

Eiffel Tower closed for hours after intruder spotted

Paris - Paris's Eiffel Tower was closed for several hours on Sunday after an intruder with a backpack was spotted inside the iconic monument before its daily opening hours, officials said.

France evacuates 10,000 campers as Provence burns

Paris - French officials evacuated 10,000 people from three different campsites Monday as hot winds fanned fires in drought-hit Provence in the middle of the summer holiday season, officials said.

433 hot air balloons soar into the record books

Chambley-bussi - Four hundred and thirty-three hot air balloons lifted off from an air base in eastern France on Sunday and soared straight into the record books.

US team beats Iranians in Robocup football final

Bejing - A team of American humanoid robots defeated foes from Iran on Wednesday in the final of an annual football tournament for intelligent sporting machines held in China.

Hotel installs bedside switch to liberate you from the Internet

The Internet has added a whole new dimension to our lives, but many feel in the process, it has intruded into areas, physical and mental, where it does not belong — a luxury hotel is trying to restore the balance.

World's largest cruise ship takes to the water in France

Saint-nazaire - The hulking shell of the world's largest cruise ship slid into the waters off western France on Friday, with workers aiming to have it ready for a 2016 inaugural trip.

Four injured in rollercoaster ride crash in Britain

London - Four people were seriously injured when two carriages on a rollercoaster ride collided at the Alton Towers theme park in Britain on Tuesday, a spokeswoman said.

Eiffel Tower reopens after staff walk out over pickpockets

Paris - Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.

10,000 apply for human paintball bullet tester job

London - Some 10,000 people from around the world have applied to be shot at as a paintball bullet tester, the British company posting the job advert said.

French court hears ex L'Oreal boss's smelly chip stand complaint

Albertville - A "clash of cultures" erupted Tuesday in a French court as former L'Oreal boss Lindsay Owen-Jones brought a case against the manager of a chip shop he accuses of stinking out his luxury ski apartment.

French chip stand gets up nose of British ex-boss of L'Oreal

Grenoble - A chip shop camped outside his luxury French ski apartment is getting up the nose of British former L'Oreal CEO Lindsay Owen-Jones.

Underwater footage shows inside doomed Italy cruise ship

Rome - Italian police have released footage of inside the ghostly shell of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, ahead of an operation to float and remove the wreck from the Tuscan island of Giglio.

Hershey's sues edible marijuana company

Denver - The Hershey Company has sued an edible marijuana company in Denver claiming that they make pot-infused candies with wrappers that closely resemble Hershey's products.

Sunken cruise ship Concordia to be scrapped in Italy

Rome - An Italian port has beaten off foreign competition to scrap the hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank off the Tuscan coast in 2012, leaving 32 dead."I can confirm that...

Nepal counts cost of damaging Everest debacle

Kathmandu - Dreams shattered and counting their losses, many foreign climbers say they might never return to Nepal to climb Everest, upset by ugly scenes at base camp and what they see as the government's mismanagement of the peak.

New York's bikeshare system seeks cash infusion

New York - New York hugely popular bikeshare program enjoys over 100,000 annual members, but after operating less than a year it is seeking a $14 million investment to improve and expand.

Free-wheeling trouble for New York's bikeshare system

New York - New York's bikeshare program may be hugely popular with just over 100,000 annual members but after operating less than a year, it is desperately searching for a $14 million investment.

Travel industry taps into social networks via bloggers

Berlin - Tourism companies are turning to travel bloggers as a route into the vast global market of social network users, industry insiders say.At Berlin's ITB tourism fair this week, bloggers and tourism professionals were brought together at a "speed dating" ...

Perfecting the art of pairing wine and chocolate Special

Master chocolatier Sandra Abballe makes it her mission to educate clients on the process of creating artisan chocolate, and takes the pairing of wine and chocolate to the next level.

Puma sees stable sales, higher margins in 2014

Frankfurt - German sportswear maker Puma said Thursday it expects stable sales and a higher profit margin this year after a difficult year in 2013.

Captain 'refused chance' to return to sinking Concordia

Rome - An official coordinating the rescue from Italy's stricken cruise ship told a court Monday that the captain, accused of abandoning ship, refused twice to be taken back on board after making it safely to dry land.

Spain posts record tourism earnings in 2013

Torremolinos - Spain announced Monday it raked in a record 59 billion euros ($81 billion) from foreign tourists in 2013, luring an unprecedented number of visitors of whom many splurged more holiday cash.Foreign tourists in Spain boosted overall spending by 9.

World tourist numbers surge to nearly 1.1 billion

Madrid - International tourist numbers surged to nearly 1.1 billion in 2013 in defiance of global economic troubles, with Asia-Pacific destinations enjoying the fastest growth, a United Nations body said Monday.
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