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Scientist launches hunt for Loch Ness 'monster DNA'

Tales of a giant creature lurking beneath the murky waves of Loch Ness have been around for more than 1,500 years -- and one academic hopes the marvels of modern science can finally unravel the mystery.

New Zealand to tax tourists as influx grows

Wellington - Tourists to New Zealand are to be charged a special tax, under new government plans announced Friday to deal with the growing influx of holidaymakers coming from overseas.Visitor numbers have surged by nearly a third in the past three years to 3.

Paris puts final touches to Eiffel Tower anti-terror walls

Paris - Paris is set to unveil thick bulletproof glass walls and metal fences around the Eiffel Tower, designed to protect France's most famous monument from terrorist attacks.

Singapore stroll and selfies for Kim ahead of Trump summit

Fpo - The usually closely-guarded North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke away from summit preparations Monday for a night-time stroll on the Singapore waterfront, even posing for selfies with the city-state's foreign minister.

Six bodies found on shore near Rio's Sugarloaf Mountain: officials

Rio De Janeiro - Six bodies were found Sunday on the seashore near Rio de Janeiro's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and cable-car ride, the fire department said."They were stuck in the rocks, on the shore," a spokesman said.

Cable car to famed Rio peak suspended after nearby shootout

Rio De Janeiro - A cable car service which runs to Rio de Janeiro's Sugarloaf Mountain, one of Brazil's most famous tourist attractions, was suspended Friday after a nearby shootout that wounded a policeman.

South Korean found six days after Australia mountain fall

Sydney - A South Korean tourist was found safe and "in good spirits" six days after falling into a deep ravine while taking photos from a mountaintop in northeastern Australia, officials said.

The Los Angeles restaurants stimulating all five senses

Los Angeles - At Vespertine, the last word in outlandish eating, staff are on a mission to "disrupt the course of the modern restaurant" as pioneers in the immersive culinary scene.

The Uzbek entrepreneur tapping paper's age-old power

Chilanzar - The passage of time seems to have slowed down at Zarif Mukhtarov's paper mill in a village not far from ex-Soviet Uzbekistan's silk road city, Samarkand.

Forest fires rage as India resort town grapples with water crisis

Shimla - Helicopters doused forest fires raging near the drought-stricken Indian resort of Shimla on Friday as more police were deployed to guard water tankers in the historic Himalayan town.

Seven injured in massive blaze at German theme park

Frankfurt Am Main - Seven firefighters were injured in efforts to put out a massive blaze at Germany's largest amusement park, police said Sunday, as it reopened to visitors despite extensive damage to some areas.

Fed-up Spanish cities are bursting Airbnb's bubble

Madrid - Spain may be one of the world's top tourist destinations, but many people in its biggest cities have grown exasperated with Airbnb-style rentals.And now, their city councils are taking action.

Going back in time on Portugal's 'presidential train'

Porto - Built in 1890, this train once carried Portugal's kings and presidents, not to mention other guests like Elizabeth II or Pope Paul VI, before it was taken off the rails in 1970.Now, after a one-million-euro ($1.

'Party city' Amsterdam to crack down on tourists

Den Haag - Amsterdam is seeking to contain the flood of tourists swamping the city, with the incoming council proposing a series of tough measures and plans to hike tourism taxes.

China quake survivors relive trauma for tourists in city ruins

Beichuan - For almost a decade, Chen Guoxing has devoted himself to preserving a city of ghostly ruins in southwest China, a massive open air memorial to tens of thousands killed in a devastating earthquake -- including his son.

Lisbon in Eurovision tourism boost as locals sing the blues

Lisbon - With Lisbon steeped in kitsch and glam as it prepares to host this year's grand finale of Eurovision, officials are hoping the pop fest will draw even more tourists to the Portuguese capital.

New York celebrates commuter ferry 'success story'

New York - In a city beset by transport woes, the ferry from Brooklyn and Queens to Manhattan is a New York success story, pleasing commuters, delighting tourists and outperforming expectations on its first anniversary.

European airlines seek bigger piece of Latin American pie

Fortaleza - Air France-KLM's inauguration Thursday of a flight to a little developed corner of Brazil highlights European airlines' attempt to bring the continents together, catching up with far more dominant routes between South and North America.

Building boom lifts Lisbon allure — and property prices

Lisbon - Lisbon's azure skies are dotted with forests of cranes as scores of construction workers give Portugal's capital a shiny and new, if pricey, veneer.

Tourism boom to test Uzbekistan's thaw

Samarkand - Coiffed, cheerful and multilingual, identical twins Fatima and Zukhra Rakhmatova do not immediately resemble agents of ex-Soviet Uzbekistan's long-feared security apparatus.

Jordan woos back nervous tourists after years of regional turbulence

Petra - With its rock-hewn ancient city of Petra, lunar-like landscape of Wadi Rum and a medical tourism drive, Jordan is luring back foreign visitors scared off by regional upheaval and jihadist attacks.

Philippines closes Boracay to tourists under high security

Balabag - The Philippines shuttered its most famous holiday island Boracay to tourists on Thursday for a six-month clean-up, which the government has imposed with a muscular show of its security forces.

Chernobyl disaster zone lures tourists as visitor numbers boom

Chernobyl - Camera? Check. Sunglasses? Check. And a Geiger counter? Check. For a growing number of thrill-seekers visiting Chernobyl's radiation-contaminated lands the device is used to help navigate the site of what remains the world's worst nuclear accident.

Philippines police hold riot drills as Boracay closure challenged

Balabag - Philippine police preparing to shut down the Boracay resort island staged drills in riot gear on Wednesday, startling the laid-back beach community as workers mounted a last-ditch legal effort to halt the six-month closure.

Philippines police hold riot drills as Boracay closure challenged

Balabag - Philippine police preparing to shut down the Boracay resort island staged drills in riot gear on Wednesday, startling the laid-back beach community as workers mounted a last-ditch effort to halt the six-month closure.

Holidaymakers, invaders, diplomats: the Kims in S. Korea

Goseong - When Kim Jong Un steps over the Military Demarcation Line to attend a summit on Friday he will be the first member of Pyongyang's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the Korean War.

French police arrest suspect over Mont Saint Michel scare

Paris - French police have arrested a man accused of threatening to attack police at Mont Saint Michel, causing a scare that led to the evacuation of one of the country's busiest tourist sites, a security source said Monday.

France's Mont Saint Michel evacuated as man threatens police

Beauvoir - Authorities on Sunday evacuated Mont Saint Michel, one of France's busiest tourist sites, and were searching for a suspect whom witnesses said had threatened to attack local security forces.

Taxi drivers, Uber square up on Istanbul's roads

Istanbul - Istanbul's bright yellow taxis, ubiquitous and perennially honking for custom, appear ingrained in the daily life of the Turkish metropolis.But could the fast-growing ride sharing app Uber make them a thing of the past?

France's Ritz hotel smashes record with furniture sell-off

Paris - Luxury furniture auctioned off by the legendary Ritz hotel in Paris sold for 7.3 million euros ($9 million), a world record in the industry, auction house Artcurial said Saturday.
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