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Soulless roundabout at EU's heart awaits transplant

Brussels - On a blustery afternoon three German tourists emerge from the Brussels metro, seeking the very heart of Europe in all its grandeur.

Suspense mounts over fabled Nazi gold train

Varsovia - The mystery surrounding a fabled Nazi gold train allegedly buried in southwestern Poland intensified Friday after a week of tests by an army unit including a bomb squad appeared to have produced no clues.

Tunisia lifts state of emergency imposed after tourist massacre

Tunis - A state of emergency imposed in Tunisia after a jihadist gunman massacred 38 foreign tourists in June is set to be lifted, the president's office announced Friday.

Australia makes huge area around Uluru protected indigenous land

Sydney - More than five million hectares (12.35 million acres) of Outback surrounding Australia's famed tourist attraction Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, was Thursday declared an indigenous protected area.

Tourists held overnight by indigenous group in Peru highway protest

- Some forty people, mostly foreign tourists, were held overnight Wednesday by indigenous Peruvians protesting the halt in construction of a highway through an area known for its protected natural areas and gold mining.

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.

Havana spruces up for pope visit

Havana - Havana has received a rush makeover ahead of Pope Francis's arrival in Cuba on Saturday with newly paved streets, a renovated cathedral, repainted buildings and billboards of the pontiff plastered across the city.

Egypt pledges 'transparent' probe into Mexican tourist killings

Cairo - Egypt on Wednesday pledged a quick and "transparent" probe into the accidental killing of eight Mexican tourists by security forces, as Mexico's foreign minister visited the country seeking answers.

Mexico slams Egypt 'air strike' after tourists killed

- Mexico called on Egypt to swiftly investigate why tourists were mistakenly targeted in what witnesses described as an air strike that left at least two Mexicans dead and six unaccounted for.

Egypt kills Mexican tourists in desert strike error

Cairo - Egyptian security forces have killed 12 people including Mexican tourists in error while chasing jihadists in the vast Western Desert, sparking condemnation of what Mexico called a "deplorable" air attack.

Egyptian forces mistakenly kill Mexican tourists

Cairo - Egyptian security forces have mistakenly killed 12 people including Mexican tourists while chasing jihadists in the country's vast Western Desert, drawing condemnation and calls for an investigation from Mexico.

Chinese still flock to 'lucky' Bangkok shrine hit by blast

Bangkok - Two weeks on from the Bangkok bombing, the shrine devastated by the attack has lost none of its lustre for ethnic Chinese devotees who have long flocked there hoping their prayers will be answered.

On Lesbos island, tourist comforts clash with migrant needs

Mytil - On the Greek island of Lesbos, a record influx of desperate migrants has left the tourist sector struggling to help out while still trying to keep its normal clientele.

Thai elephant kills keeper, runs off with 3 Chinese on its back

Bangkok - An elephant in northern Thailand went berserk Wednesday, killing his "mahout" keeper before running off into the jungle with three terrified Chinese tourists still on his back, police said.

Lion kills guide in Zimbabwe park where Cecil lived

Harare - A lion mauled to death a guide leading tourists on a walking safari in the Zimbabwean national park where Cecil the lion lived before he was shot, police said Tuesday.

'Migrant cafe' owners in Greece's Kos broken by refugee crisis

Kos - Cafes lining the beach front on Greece's Kos that would usually be packed with holidaymakers have become the unlikely first port of call for thousands of refugees landing in the resort island.

Spain detains 20 for swindling drunk tourists in Majorca

Madrid - Spanish police have arrested 20 suspected members of a ring that swindled tens of thousands of euros from drunken tourists on the holiday island of Majorca by stealing their credit card numbers, officials said Tuesday.

Egypt beheading blow to tourism, may boost military aid

Cairo - The Islamic State group's apparent beheading of a Croatian engineer in Egypt threatens to scare off tourists and foreign investment but could boost Western support for Cairo's fight against jihadists, analysts say.

'Gaza beach' protest in Paris counters Tel Aviv celebration

Paris - A Paris beach event celebrating Tel Aviv attracted a handful of visitors but a huge number of journalists, riot police and security guards on Thursday, as well as a much larger "Gaza Beach" protest.

Dutch teenager dies bungee jumping in Spain

Madrid - A 17-year-old Dutch tourist died in a bungee jump from a bridge in northern Spain, officials said Tuesday.The girl plummeted 40 metres (131 feet), landing on a dry river bed, in the town of Cabezon de la Sal in Cantabria.

Tel Aviv day on Paris 'beach' stirs controversy

Paris - The decision to dedicate a day of beach festivities in Paris to Tel Aviv sparked condemnation on Monday, with leftist and pro-Palestinian groups saying it sends "a very bad message" of support for Israel's policies.

WWII shell found on glitzy French Riviera beach

Nice - One of the best-known beaches on the French Riviera was closed Saturday after a World War II shell was discovered in Nice six metres from the shore, officials said.

Greece orders tax fraud probe at Knossos museum

Atenas - Greece's government ordered a tax fraud inquiry Friday at one of the country's most visited archaeological sites, after tourists claimed its gift shop was not giving receipts for souvenirs bought there.

Czech coal safari offers excavators instead of giraffes

Most - It is a safari with a twist: two private Czech mining companies have joined forces to take tourists on trips to see long-necked excavators and coal beds, instead of giraffes and lush wilderness.

Ukraine lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors

Kiev - Ukraine said on Wednesday it had removed its restriction on entry and foreign travel for HIV-positive people as part of growing efforts to improve relations with Europe after decades of Moscow rule.

UK police link beach, museum attacks in Tunisia

London - British police helping the Tunisian authorities investigate the beach massacre that left 30 Britons dead said Wednesday they were linking it to an earlier attack on a Tunis museum.

Conflict scares off beach-goers in east Ukraine

Mariupol - The sun is shining and the waves of the Sea of Azov look warm and inviting. But its sandy beaches are empty -- not surprisingly since they run right through the Ukraine conflict's front line.

French beach returns to public after Saudi royal take-over

Vallauri - Workers were busily returning a beach in southern France to its previous condition on Monday after the premature departure of Saudi King Salman, whose commandeering of the coastline had caused uproar among locals.

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.
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