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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.

U.S. further eases Cuba restrictions ahead of Obama visit

Washington - The United States further eased travel and trade restrictions with Cuba Tuesday, just days before a historic visit to the communist-ruled island by President Barack Obama.

Grand Celebration celebrates first anniversary Commissioned

The Grand Celebration, hailed as the finest ship to ever set sail from the Port of Palm Beach, recently celebrated its first anniversary in Freeport Harbour, Bahamas at an event attended by company executives and employees and local political leaders.

U.S. and Cuba nearing deal to resume commercial flights

Havana - Commercial airline flights between the United States and Cuba could begin later this year if a new agreement between the former Cold War enemies is signed this week, U.S. officials said Friday.

Airbnb allegedly purged 1,000+ New York listings to rig survey

New York City - According to a report released Wednesday, Airbnb may have removed over 1,000 listings from its site in order to rig a survey.

Report showcases newfound love of world soccer across U.S.

A new report showcases a rapid rise in Americans viewing, traveling and spending for worldwide soccer matches. As more and more ticket holders across the EU are U.S. citizens, a shift in interest is strongly taking shape.

Flying solo: Chinese woman only passenger on New Year flight

Bejing - A Chinese woman heading home for the holidays had a commercial airline flight all to herself after gruelling delays winnowed down other passengers.

Op-Ed: Fears of travel don't bother 'Gap Year Girl' author Marianne Bohr Special

According to Nielsen ratings last year the resolution to 'travel more' was number 9 on the top 10 of New Year's Resolutions. This does not surprise author and world traveler Marianne Bohr.

Zika virus: U.S. issues travel warning for pregnant women

Miami - The United States warned pregnant women to avoid travel to 14 countries including Brazil due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

Greece says opposes 'discrimination' after flight protest

Atenas - Greece on Thursday said it condemned all forms of discrimination after Palestinian leaders complained at the removal of two Arab passengers from an Israel-bound flight.

Palestinians call for Greek action on Israel plane 'apartheid'

Jerusalem - The Palestinian leadership on Wednesday demanded the Greek government act after two Arab passengers were expelled from an Israel-bound flight, saying the decision to remove the pair was "reminiscent" of apartheid.
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