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Ankara warns Turks over 'social tensions' in US

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday warned its citizens living in or travelling to the United States to be vigilant due to "social tensions" and reported racist attacks following Donald Trump's presidential election victory.

Strikes at German budget airlines ground 400 flights

Berlin - Strikes at German low-cost airlines Eurowings and Germanwings led to the cancellation of nearly 400 flights Thursday, stranding some 40,000 passengers, a spokesman for the two companies said.

Expedia apologizes after customer gets note saying "f--k you"

Los Angeles - A woman in Los Angeles said her New Year's travel reservation was suddenly canceled by Expedia. Asides from that, she said an employee left a nasty message on her itinerary.

Underwater travel system by Hyperloop One closer to reality

Hyperloop One just got a little closer to making its vision of a high-speed transit system for cargo a reality. The Los Angeles-based start-up secured a $50 million investment from DP World, the third largest port and terminal operator in the world.

Capital One teams up with booking app HotelTonight

In keeping up with its tech initiatives, Capital One has teamed up with HotelTonight to give new offers to travelers. HotelTonight is a last-minute booking app that gives travelers discounted rates at thousands of hotels.

Delta says it can't predict when schedule will be back to normal

Atlanta - Delta Air Lines still was forced to cancel nearly 700 flights Tuesday, even as operations began to normalize following a massive computer outage on Monday that stranded thousands of passengers worldwide.

France braces for annual travel 'Black Saturday'

Paris - France is bracing for its annual Black Saturday, when millions of people return from their July holidays and millions of others take to the roads, rails and skies for their August break.

Chinese families of MH 370 victims protest proposed end of search

Beijing - Family members of passengers aboard ill-fated Maylasia Airlines Flight 370 demonstrated outside China's Foreign Ministry on Friday, demanding to meet officials who propose suspending the high-tech search for the jet if it is not found by year's end.

Google Maps gets a design refresh and subtler colour palette

Google has released a major update to Google Maps across all supported devices. The update includes a design refresh that is clearer and easier to see, a new "areas of interest" feature to highlight local attractions and a more balanced colour scheme.

Searchers see end to two-year hunt for Malaysia Airlines MH370

Putrajaya - Countries still looking for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with little success may be getting ready to call off the search.

Smartphones cause train delay in Japan

Tokyo - Due to the rising cases of train delays, a Japanese railway company plans to intensify the campaign that urges passengers not to use their smartphones when getting on or off trains.

U.S. airlines expected to begin regular flights to Cuba this year

Havana - Six U.S. airlines have been authorized to begin commercial service to Havana starting later this year for the first time since the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday.

In France, overflowing bins, strikes greet Euro 2016 visitors

Paris - Overflowing rubbish bins, transport strikes, violent political protests, and floods -- the image of France as Euro 2016 kicks off on Friday is worrying tourist chiefs.

Bay Area airline passengers get holiday surprise — No lines

Oakland - Security lines for passengers seeking to board airplanes at Bay Area airports have been surprisingly short over the holiday weekend despite an uptick in travelers.

U.S. warns Americans against travel to North Korea

Washington - The State Department has urged Americans to avoid all travel to North Korea, warning that US citizens making the trip risk long and "unduly harsh" imprisonment if they fall foul of laws in the hermit state.

Japan, China battle for first high-speed railway in SE Asia

Japan and China are currently engaged in a fierce competition for the contract to build Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway.

Google Translate now lets you translate text in any Android app

Google has rolled out an update to the Google Translate app on mobile devices. It adds a new feature that lets you use Google Translate within other apps on your phone so you don't need to copy-and-paste text from messaging threads into Translator.

High-speed railway planned to link China and Russia

A high-speed railway linking China and Russia is now being planned and representatives from both countries will soon meet for the project’s formal agreement.

Global child sex tourism rising, thwarting efforts to fight it

Bangkok - The sexual abuse of children by tourists and travellers is a growing scourge around the globe that has largely managed to outwit attempts to curb it in the last two decades, a major study warned Thursday.

EU proposes visa-free travel for Ukrainians

Brussels - The EU on Wednesday proposed offering visa-free travel in Europe to Ukrainians, delivering on a key pledge to the pro-Western government in Kiev.

California book club settles race bias lawsuit against wine train

San Francisco - A group of mostly African American women kicked off a tourist train in the Napa Valley for being too loud have settled a race-discrimination lawsuit against the private railroad.

Alaska Airlines could wrap up deal for Virgin America by Monday

Seattle - Alaska Airlines appears to be victorious in its bidding war with JetBlue to buy Virgin America, the low-cost cross-country airline founded by flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson.

U.S. issues travel alert for southeastern Tunisia

Washington - The US government is warning its citizens to avoid visiting southeastern Tunisia near the Libyan border as well as the country's mountainous western areas due to "the threat of terrorism.

China clamping down on streets, projects with foreign names

Evocative English names like “Manhattan,” “Venice,” “Central Park” and "Chateau Edinburgh" will soon become things of the past, at least in China.

As unrest worsens, more Hong Kong citizens escape to U.S.

Over the past three years, more residents of Hong Kong are fleeing the Chinese autonomous territory to escape the rising social tensions and low job prospects with the United States their preferred destination.

Nigeria bets on elephants and warm springs to lure tourists

- A luxury safari is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when potential tourists think of Nigeria but that's exactly what Yankari Game Reserve is hoping to change.

U.S. warns Americans of 'potential risks' for Europe trips

Washington - The United States warned its citizens of the "potential risks" of European travel following a spate of terror attacks, including the latest bombings in Belgium that killed around 35 people.

You can make $12K travelling and drinking

Many people probably dream of making thousands of dollars travelling and drinking beer, and now there's an internship that will let them do that.

Japanese spas urged to accept tattooed foreigners

Tokyo - To attract more overseas visitors, tourism authorities in Japan have asked spa operators to open their doors to tattooed foreign tourists wanting to experience the onsen, the Japanese term for hot springs.

Ukraine passes graft bill needed for visa-free travel to EU

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday approved a key anti-corruption bill that Kiev hopes will pave the way for visa-free travel to EU countries this year.
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