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French investigators are struggling to explain how a young hunter out on a shooting expedition in the French Alps ended up killing a British mountain biker at the weekend, prosectors said Tuesday.

With border open, Ethiopia and Eritrea are back in business

For two decades, little besides soldiers, refugees and rebels moved across Ethiopia and Eritrea's closed border, but today the once-barren no man's land teems with activity.

Trump restrictions aside, American Airlines boosts profile in Cuba

American Airlines announced Monday that it would offer more daily flights to Cuba, by 2019, despite US restrictions on Americans traveling to that country.

Snowstorm kills nine climbers on Nepal peak

Nine members of a South Korean climbing expedition were killed after a violent snowstorm swept them off a cliff on Nepal's Mount Gurja, one of the deadliest mountaineering accidents to hit the Himalayan nation in recent years.

Air Canada's near miss last year was almost 'worst accident in history'

A near miss involving an Air Canada plane which almost landed on a crowded taxiway instead of a runway at San Francisco airport last year could have been the "worst aviation accident in history," according to an official report.

Jetliner lands in US after world's longest flight

An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.

Air India jet hits wall on takeoff

Air India on Friday grounded two pilots after one of its jets carrying 136 people hit an airport perimeter wall on takeoff and then flew for almost four hours with a damaged body, officials said.

Jetliner lands in US after world's longest flight

An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.

Now boarding: Passengers ready for world's longest flight

Passengers were getting ready to board the world's longest flight on Thursday -- a marathon 19 hours in the air between Singapore and New York.

On Lake Victoria ferries, passengers pray and hope for the best

Time-worn and weather-beaten, the MV Mbita III tilts slightly to the left as it creaks out of its Kenyan port on Lake Victoria.

Foreigners snap up Istanbul's iconic waterfront mansions

They are among Istanbul's most iconic sights -- magnificent waterside mansions strung out along the Bosphorus as the waters of the strait dividing Europe and Asia lap almost at their front doors.

Pakistan's Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination.

Honduras zoo struggles to replace the drug money that built it

An imposingly tall giraffe, powerful African lions and proud Bengal tigers are among the many highlights of a zoo -- created by wealthy drug traffickers -- that is like a Garden of Eden in the green mountains of Honduras.

Uzbekistan gives French visa-free entry ahead of presidential visit

French nationals will be the first in the European Union to gain visa-free entry to Uzbekistan ahead of key talks between both countries' leaders in Paris, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

Mariachis serenade Mexicans to boost tourism after deadly attack

About 200 mariachis performed in Mexico City's iconic Garibaldi Plaza on Friday in a bid to bring wary tourists back to the capital after a deadly attack last month in the square by gunmen dressed as musicians.

Tourism and commerce bear brunt of Cameroon crisis

"For the peak season I would have about 280 persons climbing Mount Cameroon," said John Ngomba, a tour guide in the town of Buea, which has been at the forefront of Cameroon's anglophone separatist insurgency."But now there are no tourists coming.

Buckingham Palace begins clear-out before major refit

Thousands of works of art, clocks, chandeliers and furniture have begun being removed from Buckingham Palace as part of a major refit, royal officials said Friday.

Tunisia tourism keeps up recovery from jihadist attacks

More than six million foreign travellers visited Tunisia in the first nine months of 2018, according to government data, as tourism rebounds from devastating jihadist attacks three years ago.Arrivals rose 16.9 percent to 6.

'No James Bond': Dutch hotel says Russians went quietly

Four alleged Russian spies were arrested by Dutch agents as they walked out of a hotel lift in The Hague without force and with "no James Bond involved", the manager said Thursday.

United Airlines low fuel mayday triggers Australia emergency landing

A shortage of fuel triggered a mayday call on a United Airlines flight crossing the Pacific from Los Angeles to Sydney Thursday, spurring Australian authorities into high alert.

Enforcing Austria's burqa ban a delicate matter in Alpine resort

With its pristine waters, snow-covered mountains and breathtaking Alpine views, the Austrian lakeside town of Zell am See is one of the top European destinations for visitors from the Gulf region.

Philippines plans party crackdown on re-opened Boracay

Beach boozing and smoking will be consigned to the past when Boracay, the Philippines' top holiday island, welcomes back a capped number of tourists after its six-month shutdown, authorities said Wednesday.

Indonesia's Mount Soputan erupts on tsunami-hit island

Indonesia's Mount Soputan volcano on the quake-and tsunami-hit island of Sulawesi erupted Wednesday, spewing volcanic ash 4,000 metres into the air.

Thai bay made famous in 'The Beach' shut indefinitely

The glittering Thai bay immortalised in the movie "The Beach" will be closed indefinitely to allow it to recover from the impact of hordes of tourists, an official said Wednesday, as a temporary ban on visitors expired.

'Jewel of Roman Empire' faces Libya dangers

Perched on the edge of Libya's Mediterranean coast, the ancient city of Sabratha remains an awe-inspiring spectacle, the pink columns of its amphitheatre towering above turquoise waters.

Body found inside plane days after it ditched into Pacific lagoon

A male passenger's body has been found inside an airliner that ditched and sank in a lagoon last week after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island, officials said.

Remains of missing Japanese hiker found on Matterhorn

Bones discovered at the foot of the Matterhorn have been identified as the remains of a Japanese national who disappeared on the iconic mountain four years ago, Swiss police said Monday.

Crumpled hotel becomes focus in Indonesia rescue effort

Squads of orange-clad rescue workers clambered over the tangled remains of an Indonesian hotel Sunday, hoping to dig out 50 to 60 guests still feared trapped by an earthquake-tsunami disaster.

Plane ditches into Pacific lagoon

Passengers were forced to swim for their lives Friday when an airliner ditched into a lagoon after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island and began sinking.

Ryanair cancels flights as strike hits Europe

Ryanair cancelled scores of European flights on Friday as unions staged what they warned could be the biggest strike in the airline's history.

Saudi Arabia plans to build 'Riviera of the Middle East'

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced plans Wednesday for a luxury tourism destination on its northwestern coast, the latest in a series of mega projects as the oil-reliant kingdom seeks to diversify.

Chile launches immense scenic route connecting 17 national parks

Chile is launching a huge scenic route through its Patagonian wilderness in a bid to attract tourism and highlight the need for conservationism in the sparsely-populated region.The Patagonian "Route of Parks" connects 17 national parks covering 11.

Ryanair cancels 150 flights on Friday due to strike across Europe

Ryanair will cut 150 flights because of strike action across Europe on Friday, as Brussels urged it to respect workers' rights enshrined in EU law.

Marriott takes control of Panama Trump tower after long dispute

With music and fanfare, US hotel chain Marriott on Tuesday took over a hotel in Panama City mired for months in a legal spat with the Trump Organization.

Finnish indigenous Sami seek to end 'exploitative tourism'

Representatives of Finland's indigenous Sami said Tuesday they would urge holidaymakers to stop visiting igloos and riding husky sleds in Lapland, claiming non-Sami traditions are being passed off as authentic thereby exploiting their culture.

Ryanair says cancelling 190 flights over Friday strike

Ryanair will cancel 190, or eight percent, of its flights due Friday when cabin crews strike across Europe, the Irish no-frills airline said Tuesday, attacking rivals for the disruption.

After years-long wait, Israelis board new fast train

Israelis climbed aboard the country's new high-speed train on Tuesday as it partially opened to whisk passengers from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport, a massive project years in the making.

Indian, Irish yachtsmen 'stable' after remote ocean rescue

Two solo yachtsman stranded in the remote Indian Ocean during a round-the-world race were in a "good and stable condition" after being rescued in an multinational mission, Australian authorities said Tuesday.

Solo yachtsman stranded at sea rescued: Indian navy

A solo Indian yachtsman trapped in his bunk by a serious back injury thousands of kilometres (miles) from land was rescued Monday, an Indian navy official said.

Rough waters for California's not so public beaches

The sandy cove along California's picturesque coast beckons visitors to what is supposed to be a public beach. But the imposing gate, the security guard and the annual $100 access fee tell a different story.

Australia kills four sharks after tourist attacks

Four large sharks have been killed in Australia after a woman and a 12-year-old girl were attacked at a popular Great Barrier Reef tourist spot.