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A lucky Australian man has won his own remote Pacific island resort in a raffle, after shelling out just US$49 for the winning ticket to claim the paradise property.

Darwin's house reveals the history of science Special

Charles Darwin was one of the founding fathers of modern science. He undertook many of his studies into natural selection at his home in Kent ("the garden of England".) Not only of scientific interest, Down House is set among some beautiful gardens.

Surveillance video shows man bypassing security, getting on plane

A Texas man had just found out his girlfriend was leaving him and flying to Guatemala. So he drove to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to talk her out of it. He managed to get on the plane without a ticket and without going through security.

A tour of England's most picturesque castle Special

Leeds Castle is located in the county of Kent, in the oft called "garden of England." As well as being an impressive slice of history the castle is not shy in using digital technology to help to enhance the visitor experience.

Cyprus sets another tourism record

Bailed-out Cyprus, seen as a safe destination in a region dogged by terror attacks, set a record for the number of tourist arrivals during the month of June, officials said Monday.

Road brings jeans, satellite TV to Himalayan Shangri-La

A Himalayan Shangri-La that was closed to visitors until 1992, the former Buddhist kingdom of Upper Mustang in Nepal is facing unprecedented change as a new highway brings modernity to the roof of the world.

International flights to Turkey suspended after coup attempt

Many international flights to Turkey were cancelled Saturday despite efforts by the Ankara authorities to get life back to normal following an abortive coup attempt.

Britain warns against travel to South Sudan

Britain's Foreign Office warned against all travel to South Sudan Saturday after two days of fighting between government and former rebels.

First Russian tourist flight since crisis lands in Turkish resort

The first Russian flight carrying package tourists to Turkey since a diplomatic crisis erupted eight months ago landed on Saturday in the Turkish Mediterranean resort of Antalya.

Russian couple murdered, dismembered in Fiji

A Russian couple from Fiji are thought to have been murdered and dismembered after human body parts washed up on a beach in the Pacific island nation.

Napoleon's last horse to strut his stuff after makeover

Visitors to the Army Museum in Paris are being treated to the rare sight of two taxidermists at work restoring a stuffed horse -- the last one ridden by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Rome's Colosseum gets makeover

The first phase of a multi-million-euro makeover of Rome's Colosseum was completed Friday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledging cash would be made available to spruce up other crumbling historic sites.

Portugal tourism booms as terror strikes around Mediterranean

Instability and violence in the Mediterranean's former top tourist destinations are proving a boon to Portugal's Algarve region, seen as a safe haven by comparison, local businesses say.

Rumi wasn't yours: Afghan fury as Iran, Turkey claim Sufi poet

Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world's most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, country of his birth eight centuries ago.

Outlook bleak for Turkey tourism after airport blasts

Turkey's already limping tourism industry is suffering a fresh grievous blow after the latest in a series of attacks targeted at tourists claimed dozens of lives, analysts said Wednesday.

Canada to lift travel visa requirement for Mexicans

Canada will rescind travel restrictions on Mexicans at the end of this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during a visit by his counterpart President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday.

Eurosceptic English resort hopes for sunny future post-Brexit

With its deserted casinos, ice-cream parlours and seagulls circling above a lofty Victorian pier, the English seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea is like a postcard for the Britain of yesteryear.

Tunisia flaunts seaside security year after beach massacre

Policemen on horseback amble among the sunbathers and new metal detectors dot hotel entrances in Tunisia as the North African country seeks to bring back tourists a year after a seaside massacre.

After Brexit, Britons in Spain fear time in sun is over

For years, thousands of Britons made a home of the warm beaches of Orihuela on Spain's Costa Blanca. But after Brexit, many feared Friday their golden time in the sun could be over.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching could cost a million tourists

Severe coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost it more than a million visitors a year and huge sums in lost tourism revenue, a survey said Tuesday.

Disney to post alligator warning signs after boy's death

Florida's Walt Disney World plans to put up signs warning of the danger of alligators following the death of a toddler snatched from the shore of a resort lake, US media reported.

Australia Travel: Phillip Island a must-see for any animal lover Special

Just outside of Melbourne lies one of the most spectacular and scenic places in Australia. Phillip Island is known for its wild life, but this small community has plenty to offer for visitors from any part of the globe.

U.S. toddler's body found after gator attack at Disney resort

A US family's desperate search for their toddler son, who was snatched by an alligator off the shore of a lake at a Disney resort, ended when divers found the two-year-old's body in murky water.

Engine cover falls off on take off in Arizona, plane has to land

An American Airlines flight bound for San Francisco from Phoenix, Arizona on Monday, had to make an emergency landing after part of an engine cover came off as the plane was ascending.

Montenegro's tourist jewel riven by drug gang feuds

With its winding cobbled streets and stunning Adriatic bay, the Montenegrin town of Kotor draws crowds of visitors each summer.But deadly gang violence threatens to cloud the tourist boom.

Hidden London: The secrets of London Transport's HQ Special

London contains many interesting buildings, although many are not open to the public. On a rare occasion, months before it closes, London Transport's headquarters, a magnificent Art Deco complex, was opened to a select group.

San Francisco offers platform to replace clear view of 'Ladies'

San Francisco officials promise to open a viewing platform this week after being bombarded with complaints over a chain-link fence blocking views of the city's iconic "Postcard Row" of Victorian homes across Steiner Street from Alamo Square Park.

Yellowstone calls off search for man who fell into hot springs

The body of the man who fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday will not be recovered, according to a press release issued by the park on Wednesday. Park officials also released the man's name.

Man falls into Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park

A search is under way for a man in his 20s who wandered about 225 yards off the boardwalk surrounding the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park and was spotted falling into the hot springs.

Two Chinese tourists killed in latest Thai speedboat crash

Two Chinese tourists were killed in Thailand on Wednesday when a pair of speedboats smashed into each other, police said, the second fatal boating accident involving tourists in less than two weeks.

TSA looking into new technology for faster airport screenings

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), faced with thousands of complaints from frustrated travelers over long waits in airport security lines, is hoping that new technologies will help to speed up the process of checking people for weapons.

Paris Ritz hotel to open after four-year makeover

The landmark Paris Ritz hotel will re-open its palatial doors to guests Monday after nearly four years of renovations and a major fire.

France's new 'Disneyland of wine' sets heads spinning

It has already been dubbed an "adult Disneyland" and "the amusement park of our dreams" by US college students.

Armchair Traveler: A castle that can only be accessed at low tide

While many travelers have heard of Mont St-Michel, the island commune in Normandy, France, most would be surprised to learn that England has its own version, St. Michael's Mount, a small tidal island in Mount's Bay, Cornwall, UK.

Bay Area airline passengers get holiday surprise — No lines

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.

Big airline LATAM suspends flights to Venezuela

Latin America's biggest airline LATAM said Monday it will suspend its flights to crisis-hit Venezuela for an indefinite period, following a similar move by German carrier Lufthansa.

French transport to be hit ahead of Euro 2016

France braced Monday for severe disruption to trains and flights less than two weeks before Euro 2016, as unions called fresh strikes in their battle to have labour reforms scrapped.

Paris tourism hit by attacks, protests

Already suffering from the impact of last year's jihadist attacks, tourism in Paris faces a fresh challenge from the recent wave of violent strikes and protests, tourism bosses warned on Monday.

Op-Ed: Tourists called stupid in croc attack in Australia — Wrong

A woman was taken by a saltwater crocodile in far north Queensland. Her friend is in shock after bravely trying to remove her from the croc’s jaws. A local MP says that the attack was the result of stupidity. Many don’t agree.

Polish grandpa heads from New York to Portugal... in a kayak

A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on firm ground in September.