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Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

Tunis - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by the Islamic State group in which 38 foreign tourists were killed.

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.

Tunisia admits was unprepared for beach attack

Tunis - Tunisia's president has admitted security services were not prepared for last week's jihadist beach massacre, as authorities warned the country is likely to lose more than half-a-billion dollars in tourism revenues.

European tourists cancelling Tunisia vacations after massacre

Tunis - Thousands of European tourists are cancelling planned vacations to Tunisia in the wake of last week's massacre at a beach resort by a gunman whose attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Tunisia gunman: From breakdancing student to Islamist radical

- A university student and fan of breakdancing who worked part-time to fund his studies, Seifeddine Rezgui seemed like a normal young Tunisian man.

Tunisia makes first beach attack arrests as UK urges fightback

Port El Kantaoui - Tunisia said Monday it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country's worst jihadist attack.

UK minister vows 'terrorists will not win' in Tunisia tribute

Port El Kantaoui - Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May vowed Monday that "the terrorists will not win" after paying tribute in Tunisia to the 38 people, mainly Britons, killed by a jihadist gunman.

China's Great Wall 'is disappearing'

Bejing - Around 30 percent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported.

UK must prepare for many citizens killed in Tunisia: PM

London - Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday warned the country to prepare for the fact that "many" of those killed in the attack on a Tunisian beach resort were British.

Shaken tourists flee Tunisia after seaside massacre

Port El Kantaoui - Planeloads of shocked foreign tourists flew home from Tunisia Saturday after a beachside massacre claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed 38 people and prompted a major security clampdown.

Tunisia tourist resort attack leaves 28 dead

Port El Kantaoui - At least 28 people including foreigners were killed Friday in a mass shooting at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country's worst attack in recent history.

North Korea's 'landmark' airport terminal to open on July 1

Pyongyang - North Korea's showcase new airport terminal, which had to be partly demolished and rebuilt at leader Kim Jong-Un's whim, is to open on July 1, state media said Thursday.

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.

Ramadan rush brings business windfall to London

London - Inside an upmarket London department store a genteel Middle Eastern woman glides by, trailing flowing robes and the distinctive smell of oud, a perfume popular with Arab women.

Paris tourist boat skipper sentenced in fatal crash

Paris - A French court on Tuesday handed down a three-year suspended prison sentence to the skipper of a Bateaux Mouches tourist boat that crashed into a smaller vessel on the River Seine in 2008, killing one man and a young boy.

Niger's former desert jewel becomes its 'Wild West'

Agadez - Its stunning ancient mosque and atmospheric streets once earned Agadez a reputation as a jewel of the Sahara desert, thronging with tourists. These days, it's Niger's answer to the Wild West.

From 'Jaws' to jaw-dropping: Swimming with sharks in Bahamas

Alice Town - Forty years after "Jaws" turned blood-thirsty sharks into the stuff of pop culture legend, Samuel "Doc" Gruber is all too happy to prove that it's safe to go back in the water.

Australian deserves award after girlfriend cruise ship tragedy: Inquest

Sydney - A man who jumped off a cruise ship to try and save his girlfriend after she plunged overboard in the dark should receive Australia's highest bravery award, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Blanca strikes Mexico's Pacific coast

- Tropical Storm Blanca struck Mexico's tourist-friendly Baja California peninsula on Monday, dumping heavy rain on the Pacific region that could trigger flash floods, forecasters said.

Hurricane Blanca weakens to tropical storm near Mexico

- Hurricane Blanca weakened to tropical storm force on Sunday as it approached Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

Op-Ed: New York turns to Colorado for help with marijuana

New York City - Once again Colorado, the first state to sell recreational marijuana legally, is benefitting from voters’ decisions to allow both medical and recreational sales.

Popular Japanese tourist attraction shut after hosting orgies

One of Japan's most famous and scenic visitor destinations has been closed, after visitors complained of middle aged men holding sex parties.

Blanca grows into major hurricane off Mexican coast

Cabo San Lucas - Blanca mushroomed into a major hurricane off Mexico's Pacific coast on Wednesday but could weaken before making landfall in the tourist-friendly Baja California peninsula, forecasters said.
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