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Saudi king leaves France, Riviera beach to reopen

Nice - King Salman of Saudi Arabia unexpectedly left the French Riviera on Sunday, local officials said, adding that a beach that had been controversially closed for the royal's holiday would now reopen to the public.

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.

French Riviera beach in lockdown as Saudi king comes to town

Vallauri - The Mirandole beach on the French Riviera, which is usually packed with holidaymakers and sunbathers, is eerily quiet as the stretch of sand has been locked down for the lavish visit of Saudi Arabia's King Salman that has riled some locals.

French Riviera braces for Saudi royals after beach lockdown

Nice - King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in France on Saturday for a Riviera holiday, with the closure of the beach in front of his villa incensing local residents.

Saudi king hits French beach with a cast of a thousand

Vallauri - King Salman of Saudi Arabia is expected to arrive in France later Friday for a Riviera beach holiday, bringing with him no fewer than 1,000 people from his entourage.

Volcano briefly forces fresh shutdown of Bali airport

Denpasar - Ash spewing from a volcano closed the airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali Wednesday for the third time this month, forcing the cancellation of flights and stranding tourists during peak holiday season.

Asian, Saudi owners polish Madrid Ritz's faded glory

Madrid - From a cocktail inspired by Salvador Dali to a piano Frank Sinatra once played for Ava Gardner, Madrid's Ritz hotel has a century's worth of classy artefacts and anecdotes. But its gilded taps and Baroque facade are showing their age.

Jordan battling to rescue its key earner tourism

Amman - Natural wonders it has in abundance, but natural resources are lacking. And now one of Jordan's main money-earners -- tourism -- is being killed off by regional conflicts.

South Korea tourism struggles to recover from MERS crisis

Seoul - The recent outbreak of the deadly MERS virus in South Korea has left the country's tourist industry in intensive care, with visitor numbers plunging more than 40 percent in June, according to data released Tuesday.

With relations restored, Cubans in U.S. see more contact with relatives

Miami - The flight from Miami to Havana takes just 45 minutes, but the passengers lining up to check in are hardly traveling light.They are lugging big TVs, bulky bags of non-perishable food like canned goods and even automobile tires.

Bali tackles backlog after volcano hits nearly 900 flights

Denpasar - Indonesian authorities at Bali's international airport were fighting Monday to clear a backlog after almost 900 flights were cancelled or delayed in recent days due to a volcanic eruption, causing travel chaos during the peak holiday season.

Ramadan festival breathes new life into Saudi's old Jeddah

Jeddah - Residents of the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah are slowly returning to its historic centre, where a Ramadan cultural festival and UN heritage status are giving new life to the old quarter.

Bali airport reopens after new volcano ash shutdown

Denpasar - The airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Sunday after an erupting volcano forced its closure for the second time in just a few days and caused fresh travel misery for stranded holidaymakers.

Tunisia says 127 arrests since jihadist beach massacre

Tunis - Tunisian authorities have arrested 127 suspected "terrorists" since last month's massacre of tourists at a beach resort, the minister heading the crisis group on the incident said Saturday.

Photographing London: A journey from 675 AD to 2015 Special

London - Anyone interested in European history and medieval culture would be wise to visit London. Check out what I enjoyed during my London travels this summer.

Britons, Danes urged to leave Tunisia over attack fears

Tunis - Denmark followed Britain's example on Friday in urging its nationals to cut short their holidays in Tunisia after London warned the country was still unsafe after last month's beach massacre.

Indonesian volcano closes airports

Denpasar - An erupting Indonesian volcano forced the closure of five airports Friday, including on the holiday island of Bali, causing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and stranding hordes of holidaymakers.

UK advises British tourists to leave Tunisia

London - Britain on Thursday advised its nationals in Tunisia to leave, warning that local authorities could not provide "adequate protection" after last month's beach massacre that left 30 Britons dead.

Japan's Meiji industrial sites win UN world heritage status

Berlin - The UN's cultural body on Sunday conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan's industrial revolution, as South Korea lifted its opposition to the listing.

Tunisia resort gunman 'a victim like all others': Mother

London - The mother of the gunman who killed 38 on a Tunisian beach claimed in an interview with Britain's Sunday Times that her son was a victim of "brainwashing" who previously would not have hurt a mouse.

New details emerge about Tunisia gunman's past

Tunis - The Tunisian jihadist behind last month's massacre of foreigners at a seaside resort had previously worked in tourism, officials said Sunday, as his mother insisted the young man was "brainwashed".

Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

Tunis - President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by jihadists that he said had left Tunisia facing a "special type of war".

Mourners hold minute's silence at Tunisia beach attack resort

Port El Kantaoui - Mourners held a minute's silence at Tunisian beach resort Friday in tribute to the 38 victims of the country's worst-ever jihadist attack, an AFP journalist said.

Britain falls silent for Tunisia attack victims

London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron led a nationwide minute's silence on Friday, a week after a jihadist gun massacre in Tunisia in which 30 out of the 38 victims were Britons.

Tunisia arrests eight with 'direct links' to beach massacre

Tunis - Tunisia has arrested eight people in connection with last week's jihadist massacre at a seaside resort, as the remains of more slain Britons were flown home Thursday.

North Korea opens new showcase airport terminal

Pyongyang - North Korea has opened a sleek new airport terminal, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's achievement after its construction had to be stopped halfway and redone at his whim.

Tunisia boosts security at tourist sites after beach massacre

Tunis - Tunisia started deploying armed police around tourist sites on Wednesday after last week's massacre at a beach resort, as authorities finished identifying all 38 people killed in the jihadist attack.

Tunisia identifies all 38 victims of beach massacre, 30 British

Tunis - All 38 victims of the Tunisian beach resort massacre have been formally identified, among them 30 Britons, the health ministry said Wednesday.

Rio slum tests security with Olympics a year off

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police assumed control over one of Rio's most dangerous neighborhoods Tuesday, replacing the army in a key test for how to suppress crime ahead of next year's Olympic Games.

Attack wasn't Tunisia's fault, say tourists who stayed

Port El Kantaoui - Despite many tourists taking the first flights home after a gunman's killing spree at a popular Tunisian beach resort, others decided to stay, saying the massacre was not the country's fault.
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