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As much of the world tightens lockdowns to stem coronavirus, Dubai has flung its doors open, branding itself as a sunny, quarantine-free escape -- despite a sharp rise in cases.

Hunt for cockpit tapes after Indonesia jet crash

Bad weather forced scores of divers to temporarily suspend their hunt for a crashed Indonesian jet's cockpit voice recorder Wednesday, as investigators worked to read critical details on a flight data device that had already been salvaged.

Australia unlikely to open border in 2021: health official

Australia's international borders are unlikely to open to travellers this year despite the rollout of coronavirus vaccines, a top health official said Monday.

'Paddington' bears tour crowd-free Machu Picchu

Two members of South America's only bear species -- a mother and her cub -- have been spotted exploring the ruins of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, where tourist numbers have been restricted due to the pandemic.

Nepalese team claim first winter ascent of Pakistan's K2

A team of Nepalese climbers on Saturday made history after becoming the first to summit Pakistan's K2 in winter, according to a trekking company leading one of the expeditions.

Disarray as two test positive for virus on Australian Open plane

A host of tennis players were barred from practising for a fortnight Saturday in a major setback to their Australian Open preparations after two people on a charter flight that brought them to Melbourne tested positive to Covid-19.

Emirates stops flights to three major Australian cities

Emirates has suspended flights to Australia's three largest cities as the country further restricts international arrivals over fears of new virus strains.

High cost to wildlife from shark nets protecting S.Africa beaches

"They're basically curtains of death," said shark diver Walter Bernardis as he reached over the side of his zodiac inflatable boat to pull up a net bobbing in eastern South Africa's subtropical waters.

Indonesian plane feared crashed after losing contact

An Indonesian budget airline plane with 62 people on board is suspected to have crashed into the sea shortly after the Boeing passenger jet took off from Jakarta airport on Saturday, authorities said.

UK reports record 1,325 coronavirus deaths over 24 hours

Britain on Friday reported a record 1,325 deaths over a 24 period from people testing positive for coronavirus, as a surge in cases piled pressure on overstretched health services, forcing London to declare a major incident.

Two rescued in Australian outback after half-day trek for help

A father and son have been rescued in the remote Australian outback after their car became bogged in floodwaters, forcing a 12-hour trek for help.

Sri Lanka welcomes first tourists despite new coronavirus strain

Sri Lanka welcomed its first foreign tourists in nine months Monday even as a new deadlier strain of the coronavirus gripped the island.

Hong Kong imposes three-week hotel quarantine for visitors

Hong Kong extended its compulsory quarantine to three weeks for almost all international travellers from Friday, saying the measure was needed to prevent new, more infectious, coronavirus variants from spreading.

The Ometepe Island bakery in Moyogalpa, Nicaragua Special

In Central American country of Nicaragua, right in the centre of it, one can see a bigger size lake and in the middle of it there’s quite a large island – Isla de Ometepe (Ometepe Island) – that’s where I once ended up on.

Mid-sized cities make transportation more accessible

Cities can improve their public transport network by embracing new technologies, such as shuttle services. At present many of these require the services of a human driver, but even greater efficiencies will come from autonomous vehicles.

First Eurostar passengers depart UK for Paris as border reopens

Passengers supplied with negative virus tests on Wednesday boarded the first Eurostar trains from London to France since border closures, eager to spend Christmas with their families.

India suspends flights from UK

India said Monday it was joining other countries in temporarily suspending all flights from Britain after the emergence of a new and more infectious strain of coronavirus there."Considering the prevailing situation in UK. Govt.

EU scrambles to tackle holiday season chaos as new virus strain spreads

Europe scrambled Monday to thrash out a coordinated response to a new strain of the coronavirus which has prompted an international suspension of travel links with the UK, while the United States saw its own caseload top 18 million.

UK in crisis over virus travel bans as US nears stimulus deal

Britain's government said Sunday it would hold a crisis meeting after countries worldwide banned arrivals from the UK over a new highly infectious coronavirus strain it said was "out of control", as the WHO called for stronger containment measures.

Traditional fishing at Praia de Mira Special

One day I travel in Portugal, one of the two countries on the Iberian Peninsula that I have always wanted to visit. While in Coimbra, the old university city in Portugal, I am looking for the way to get to the old Roman site in nearby Conimbriga.

North Korea to redevelop flagship tourist resort

Pyongyang plans to redevelop its flagship Mount Kumgang tourist complex into an international resort, a year after leader Kim Jong Un ordered South Korean-built buildings there demolished, state media reported Sunday.

Dutch ban UK flights to stop virus 'mutation'

The Dutch government on Sunday banned all passenger flights from Britain after finding the first case of a new, more infectious coronavirus strain that is circulating in the UK.

Machu Picchu to reopen after train protests

The mountainous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru will re-open to tourists on Saturday after an agreement was reached to halt protests by locals over train services, officials said.

Singapore 'hawker' culture gains UN recognition

Once seen as lowly members of Singaporean society, cooks in the city-state's bustling "hawker" centres are rejoicing this week after the United Nations recognised their food as a cultural treasure.

Australian virus cluster triggers travel clampdown

Australian officials declared Sydney's northern beaches a coronavirus hotspot Friday as a cluster of cases grew to 28 and triggered a return of domestic travel restrictions.

Rebuilt Prussian palace, scarred by history, opens in Berlin

A reconstructed Prussian palace will open in Berlin on Wednesday as a museum complex housing colonial artifacts, just as debate is gathering pace around the return of treasures plundered from abroad.

Singapore to allow business travel arrivals from all countries

Singapore will allow business travellers and visiting officials from all countries to enter from next month, authorities said Tuesday, as the financial hub seeks to recover from a coronavirus-induced downturn.

Machu Picchu closes again, over local train dispute

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru's tourist sites, closed its doors Monday for an indefinite period for security reasons amid protests by locals over train services, officials said.

'Reconsider holiday travel', Japan PM warns, as virus spikes

Japan's prime minister on Monday urged citizens to reconsider their holiday travel plans and suspended a controversial domestic tourism campaign as the country battles record numbers of coronavirus infections.

New Zealand aims to open to Australians in early 2021

New Zealand hopes to open a travel bubble with Australia by April next year and is working to finalise the necessary anti-coronavirus border measures, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

New Zealand moves to reopen border but only with Cook Islands

New Zealand took tentative steps Saturday towards reopening its borders for the first time in the Covid era, but only with the tiny Cook Islands in the South Pacific.

Shark kills woman off France's Saint-Martin in Caribbean

A woman aged 39 has died of her injuries after she was attacked by a shark while bathing off the French portion of the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, local officials said Friday.

Israel unveils parts of Herod's palace buried by Judean king

Israeli authorities are set to unveil previously off-limits structures within King Herod's palace-fortress Herodium, which the tyrannical Roman-era leader interred as his enormous burial plot.

Boeing 737 MAX returns to sky with Brazil commercial flight

More than 20 months after it was grounded following two deadly crashes, Boeing's 737 MAX returned to the skies Wednesday with an incident-free commercial flight in Brazil, said AFP journalists on board.

Singapore 'cruise to nowhere' cut short after virus case

A "cruise to nowhere" off Singapore was cut short Wednesday after a passenger tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, a blow to efforts to revive the hard-hit industry.

Venice under water as complex dam system fails to activate

Venice's St Mark's Square was under water on Tuesday after a newly installed system of mobile artificial dams failed to activate.

German city courts Poles from post-Brexit Britain

Poles living in Britain may receive a surprise package in the post this Christmas of dried mushrooms, candied fruit and spice cake -- not from Santa, but someone with a less altruistic motive.

Pandemic hits tiny Moldova's hopes for wine tourism boom

The vast underground cellars of Moldova's Cricova winery used to echo with the sounds of hundreds of visitors. Now just a handful of guests wander past the huge barrels and endless rows of bottles holding its vintages.

Thousands flock to support Thai royals at Bangkok drone show

Some ten thousand royalists turned out in Bangkok on Saturday for a drone show honouring the Thai king's late father, in a show of force by a monarchy under pressure following months of pro-democracy protests.

Without tourists, some Barcelona hotels get creative to survive

Sergi Pino recently moved to Barcelona, but rather than renting a flat, he's staying at a hotel which has been forced to get creative to compensate for the absence of tourists.

Egypt's Berber speakers cling to language in isolated oasis

Youssef Diab drives his truck through the Egyptian oasis of Siwa, singing catchy songs in a local Berber dialect that clings to life despite the dominance of Arabic.
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