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The sudden appearance of a cluster of palm trees next to Milan's famous cathedral has sparked a row over the use of non-native plants beside an iconic Italian landmark.

School Board in Windsor cancels field trips to the United States

The Greater Essex County District School Board in Windsor, Ontario, Canada has decided to cancel all student trips to the United States for the rest of February.

NASA scientist born in US has to turn over phone at US border

Sidd Bikkannavar a natural-born American citizen claims he was detained on January 30 at Houston International Airport. This was just days after new president Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven countries.

Pepper spray 'prankster' may have sparked Germany airport alarm

German emergency services temporarily evacuated Hamburg airport Sunday and treated almost 70 people after an irritant gas was released in the building -- probably by a "prankster" using pepper spray, firefighters said.

Pompeii unveils Roman kiss for Valentine's day

The lava may have cooled 2,000 years ago but Pompeii is a hot destination this Valentine's day with a special opening of the exceptionally preserved House of the Chaste Lovers.

Mexico's 'Corruptour' visits nation's dark underbelly

Packed with sightseers eagerly snapping pictures on their cameras and cell phones, this looks like any other tour bus in the world -- or almost.

Paris tourism hit again by Louvre attack

The thwarted attack near the Louvre museum on Friday will likely further tarnish the reputation of Paris, still reeling from a series of terror attacks, as a tourist destination.

Iranian couple cleared for US as 'exception' after transit ordeal

An elderly Iranian couple stranded at Amsterdam's airport for five days have been cleared to continue their journey to the US as an "exception", Dutch national carrier KLM said Thursday.

5-year-old boy handcuffed, detained for hours as 'security risk'

The 5-year-old American son of an Iranian woman was handcuffed and detained for hours without his mother at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia because he was deemed a "security theat," according to the White House.

Technical hitch delays Amsterdam airport flights

A technical problem hit air traffic control at Amsterdam's airport Wednesday causing delays and flight re-routings at one of Europe's busiest travel hubs, an official said.

Turkey tourism income slumps after attacks, coup

Turkey tourism revenues fell almost 30 percent in 2016, the country's statistics office said Tuesday, after visitors stayed away following multiple terror attacks and a failed coup.In 2016 income from tourism fell by 29.

Trump travel ban galvanizes young lawyers into action

Lawyers armed with laptops, smartphones and legal papers have since Saturday transformed an airport diner into a headquarters of resistance to Donald Trump's controversial travel ban.

Airlines urge US to clarify Trump's travel ban

The aviation industry's trade association on Monday criticised US President Donald Trump's travel bans for "causing confusion" and called on Washington to clarify the new rules.

Trump's 'insulting' travel ban hits hard

Muslims from seven countries were barred Saturday from flying to the US and others detained there after President Donald Trump froze arrivals, with one man saying his life has been "destroyed".

Arrivals from Muslim countries being detained at US aiports: reports

US authorities wasted no time implementing Donald Trump's order halting Muslim arrivals, detaining travelers arriving at American airports within hours of the US president signing the tough new measures, media reports said Saturday.

Russians rally against cathedral handover

Over a thousand people rallied in Russia's Saint-Petersburg Saturday to protest the decision by authorities to hand over the city's famous St. Isaac's cathedral to the Orthodox Church.

Airlines barring Iranians from US-bound flights

Foreign airlines are barring Iranians from travelling to the United States following President Donald Trump's temporary order barring visas for seven Muslim countries, travel agents in Tehran said Saturday.

Rich? Scared about the Trumpocalypse? Try New Zealand

The elevation of an unpredictable billionaire to the helm of nuclear-armed America has given fresh impetus to the idea of remote New Zealand as a bulwark for civilisation in the event of a global catastrophe.

Barcelona bans new hotels in city centre

The mayor of Barcelona on Friday banned the opening of new hotels in the saturated city centre, to end the flow of locals out of the area due to pressure on housing from the tourism sector.

How India's 'Garden City' became garbage city

The stench of rubbish hanging over swathes of Bangalore is so powerful it rouses residents in the middle of the night, the fetid result of a trash crisis that threatens its reputation as one of India's nicest places to live.

Surprise your valentine with the gift of a Royal Seas Cruise Commissioned

Well, it’s that time of year, where we all start to think of the perfect gift for that someone special in our lives. Well, nothing says I love you like a quick two-14 day romantic getaway on the Grand Celebration with Royal Seas Cruises.

EasyJet expects bigger earnings hit from weak pound

EasyJet expects full-year profits to suffer a bigger-than-expected hit with the pound down sharply since the Britain voted to exit the European Union, the no-frills airline said Tuesday.

Dubai airport says still top for international traffic

Dubai International cemented its title as the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2016, with a 7.2 percent increase in traveller numbers to 83.6 million, its operator said Tuesday.

The world's cities: vital, but fragile

They may be richer and more numerous than ever, but the world's urban dwellers can be forgiven a sense of dread as threats pile up from climate change, terrorism and anarchic growth.

IS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

The Islamic State group has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria's ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country's antiquities chief said Friday.

Spanish village hurls turnips to drive away evil

Residents of a Spanish town pelted a devil-like character portrayed by a young man with thousands of rock-hard turnips Thursday in a tradition that aims to drive away evil.

Vienna's homeless show tourists life on the street

On a wintry afternoon, tourists huddle around their guide outside Vienna's central train station.

'This time is different': Istanbul tourism reels after attacks

Yavuz Indere has worked as a hotel receptionist in Istanbul for nearly half a century, witnessing coups, unrest and economic crises.

Rail, airline strikes bring fresh transport chaos to Britain

Industrial action brought fresh disruption for travellers in Britain on Tuesday as rail workers and airline cabin crew walked off the job, the day after a major strike on the London Underground.

New snowfalls close Bosphorus, cancel Istanbul flights

Heavy snowfall in Istanbul paralysed traffic for a third straight day Monday with the Bosphorus closed to shipping traffic and hundreds of flights cancelled again.

Hundreds more flights cancelled as snow blankets Istanbul

Heavy snow blanketed Istanbul for a second day on Sunday, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights and more disruption for thousands of travellers.

With tourists scarce, Egypt struggles to maintain heritage

With a shaky economy following years of unrest and a huge drop in tourists, Egypt is struggling to preserve its fabled archaeological heritage.

US Customs computer collapse leaves thousands of travelers waiting

A nationwide collapse of the US customs service computer system left thousands of passengers lined up at airports awaiting clearance to officially enter the country, the authorities and US media said.

Huge wildfire burns homes in Valparaiso, Chile

A wildfire ravaged woods and burned 100 homes in the hilly Chilean port city of Valparaiso on Monday, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.

Indonesian tourist boat captain held after deadly fire

Indonesian police said Monday they have detained the captain of a tourist boat that burst into flames en route to a holiday island and left 23 people dead, amid reports he was the first to jump ship.

Two countries, two airlines, two apparently drunk pilots

While pilots attempting to fly commercial planes after having consumed alcohol or drugs is not unknown, two pilots; one in Indonesia and one in Canada appeared to be extremely intoxicated before attempting to fly aircraft filled with passengers.

Cuba reports banner tourism year in 2016

Cuba welcomed a record four million tourists in 2016, up 13 percent over last year, with much of the increase thanks to a crush of visitors from the US and Europe, officials said on Saturday.

Rail strike, fog hit UK transport

Rail services in southern England were hit by a fresh strike on Saturday and fog caused the cancellation of dozens of flights at London's main airport.

World's highest bridge opens in China

The world's highest bridge has opened to traffic in China, connecting two provinces in the mountainous southwest and reducing travel times by as much as three-quarters, local authorities said Friday.

Family passion sparks Sydney's spectacular New Year fireworks

When Fortunato Foti dreams up his designs for Sydney's dazzling New Year's Eve fireworks display, he's drawing on more than 200 years of pyrotechnics expertise.

Korean Air pledges clampdown on unruly passengers

Korean Air said Wednesday it would let its crew use stun guns more aggressively and put more male staff aboard flights to clamp down on violence, after an incident involving an unruly passenger.
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