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Traders in the Iranian capital's Grand Bazaar held a rare protest strike Monday against the collapse of the rial on the foreign exchange market as demonstrators also took to the streets.

Yekaterinburg: World Cup host city where gangs once ruled

Yekaterinburg has escaped its dark past of contract killings and organised crime to become a World Cup host city with a more hopeful future.The industrial city of 1.

MPs vote on expanding London's Heathrow airport

British MPs are set Monday to approve plans to build a third runway at London Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, after decades of acrimonious debate.Prime Minister Theresa May's government agreed to the £14 billion (15.9 billion euros, $18.

Blue Origin to begin spaceflights in 2019

Want to go on a space flight, or at least, going up to suborbital levels? If so, Blue Origin are set to open for bookings from 2019. No prices have been announced yet, but the ticket price is expected to be 'astronomical'.

Erdogan showcases new Istanbul airport ahead of elections

A plane carrying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday touched down at Istanbul's new airport, the first such landing by a passenger aircraft ahead of its official opening in October.

North Korean airline plans new route to China's Xian

North Korea's national airline Air Koryo plans to open a new route linking Pyongyang and Xian in China, a staff member said Thursday, in the latest sign of the nuclear-armed state's possible emergence from isolation.

Antarctic researchers mark winter solstice with icy plunge

Scientists based in Antarctica welcomed the winter solstice by plunging into icy waters Thursday as part of a "mad tradition" heralding the return of brighter days after weeks of darkness.In temperatures of -22 degrees Celsius (-7.

Officials target 'alcohol tourism' in Mallorca poster drive

Local authorities on Spain's holiday Island of Mallorca have put up 20 posters warning of heavy penalties for nudity, fighting and other alcohol-fuelled misbehaviour, it was announced on Wednesday.

Airlines to complain to EU over French strikes

Budget carrier Ryanair and British Airways owner IAG said Wednesday they will file a complaint to the EU over what they say is France's failure to tackle crippling strikes by air traffic controllers.

Faroese whaling 'ecological', 'respectful': minister

For centuries, the Faroe Islands have hunted pilot whales in ritual fashion, herding them into shallow waters to beach them before stabbing them with knives, turning the water a bloody red.

Oil in the Faroe Islands: mirage or miracle?

After fuelling hopes of independence from Denmark at the turn of the millennium, the Faroe Islands' dreams of an oil bonanza have turned out to be more of a mirage than a miracle.

Japan airlines change 'Taiwan' to 'China Taiwan' on websites

Japan's two largest airlines have changed "Taiwan" to "China Taiwan" on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, sparking an immediate protest from the self-ruled island.

Goodbye Denmark? Faroese weigh pulling free of Danish grip

Enough is enough: for the Faroese sailor Birgir Enni, having spent more than half a millennium under Danish rule means it's about time for the North Atlantic autonomous archipelago to break away. "We've been occupied by Denmark for 600 years!

Landslides, flash floods as monsoon batters southern Myanmar

Flooding in southern Myanmar has caused a landslide at a famed Buddhist pagoda, submerged homes and displaced hundreds of people as monsoon rains batter the country.

Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump

Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world's highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind.

Casino designed by Zaha Hadid opens in Macau

A flamboyant new casino designed by Zaha Hadid opened its doors in Macau on Friday, featuring futuristic curves and skeletal steel structures characteristic of the acclaimed late architect.

New Zealand to tax tourists as influx grows

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 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.

Lebanese man stranded for 42 days in Ecuador airport

A Lebanese man has been stuck in immigration purgatory at an airport in Ecuador for 42 days after losing his passport and being returned there from Spain.

Hong Kong golf course row exposes city's social divide

Its sprawling greens and woodland have made Hong Kong's historic Fanling golf course a favourite with homegrown and international stars, but it is now under threat after being listed for potential housing development.

Tightly-controlled Singapore rolls out tough summit security

Singapore's reputation for rigid law and order was seen as a major factor for being chosen to host Tuesday's US-North Korea summit -- and the tiny city-state is determined not to disappoint.

Cable car to famed Rio peak suspended after nearby shootout

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.

No more flights from Sri Lanka's second airport

Sri Lanka's jinxed second international airport was left without a single scheduled flight from Friday after the only airline using the remote facility scrapped its daily service.

Who's getting this? North Korea's summit bill

North Korea has a habit of making others pick up its overseas travel tabs, and experts say either Singapore or South Korea is likely to get stuck with an eye-watering bill for next week's historic North-US summit in a luxury resort.

120 firefighters tackle blaze at luxury London hotel

A fire broke out at London's luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel on Wednesday, with dozens of firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze that pumped thick smoke high into the air.

Qatar economy weathers storms of year-long blockade

Qatar has weathered the economic impacts of a stifling Saudi-led blockade, maintaining healthy growth, but some sectors continue to pay the price a year after the crisis erupted.

Placid Singapore braces for Trump-Kim storm

Singapore hotel rooms are being snapped up, police are preparing to lock down the city and thousands of journalists are set to jet in for the greatest media circus on Earth -- the US-North Korea summit.

Zero bidders for debt-stricken Air India as deadline closes

India's government announced Thursday that its auction for a majority stake in its debt-stricken airline Air India had received no bids.

Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest flight

Singapore Airlines said on Wednesday that it will relaunch the world's longest commercial flight in October, a journey of almost 19 hours from the city-state to New York, but it will not be available to economy travellers.

'A city like no other': hopes on hold for model Indian capital

It promised to be "an Indian city like no other" -- a modern, leafy metropolis modelled on Singapore, where citizens would enjoy parks and rivers and breath air unrivalled in freshness.

Ryanair threatened by summer strike

Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew based in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy said Monday they would go on strike this summer unless the low-cost airline accepts their demands by a June 30 deadline.

Europe's largest wooden building awaits salvation off Istanbul

Looking up at the giant wooden edifice looming over him, Erol Baytas shakes his head."I don't think it will survive another winter," he says, broken tiles and boards strewn at his feet.

Fed-up Spanish cities are bursting Airbnb's bubble

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.

Brazil airport cancels flights due to truckers' strike

The airport in Brazil's capital Brasilia canceled flights Friday as it ran out of fuel due to a five-day-old truckers' strike.At least four domestic flights and one American Airlines flight to Miami were canceled, according to airport authorities.

Cyclone Mekunu pummels Yemeni island, seven missing

Seven people were missing and hundreds others evacuated from their homes after Cyclone Mekunu hit the Yemeni island of Socotra Wednesday night, causing severe flooding and damage to houses, officials said.

Everest's Hillary Step now a 'slope': climbers

Mount Everest's Hillary Step -- a rocky outcrop just below the summit -- is now a slope, say climbers who recently returned from the mountain.

French public sector, rail workers go on strike

French public sector staff will join rail workers in striking Tuesday to protest reforms proposed by President Emmanuel Macron, with the country braced for possible major disruption.

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

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.

'The explosion shook everything' — witnesses to Cuba plane crash

It happened in the tropical lull that is Havana's midday, usually a time for lunch and rest. A tremendous noise broke the calm: the crash of a passenger aircraft that had just taken off from the capital's airport.

Minute-by-minute guide to Britain's royal wedding

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday will be a fun-filled occasion but run with military precision, as per British royal tradition.

Cuba plane crash: What we know

This is what we know about the Boeing passenger plane crash that happened in Cuba on Friday, as the aircraft was taking off from Havana to a city on the east of the island nation:- Among the 110 people killed were 99 Cubans, the six-person Mexican crew...
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