Travel

Americans Lament Cuba Becoming “Forbidden Island” Again

By Sarah Marsh HAVANA, June 18 – American travelers who long to swill a cocktail at Havana’s legendary Sloppy Joe’s bar or dive into the rooftop pool of its newest luxury hotel had their dreams dashed when U.S. President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy this week. In a setback to the U.S.-Cuban detente

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Qataris Banned from Flying Via UAE as Gulf Curbs Mount

By Saeed Azhar and Jamie Freed DUBAI/SYDNEY, June 7 – Qataris will no longer be allowed to land at any airports in the United Arab Emirates or catch connecting flights there as part of increased efforts by Arab powers to isolate the Gulf state. UAE airlines Etihad and Emirates announced the details of the travel

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Pakistan Airline Seeks to Help Passengers Stranded in Qatar

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan, June 6 (Reuters) – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is in talks to bring back Pakistani passengers of Qatar Airlines stranded in Doha after Saudi Arabia and four other Arab countries cut off ties with Qatar, an official said on Tuesday. The Pakistani passengers were supposed to fly to Saudi

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Indonesian Slum Converted into Insta-worthy “Rainbow Village”

By Budi Purwanto SEMARANG, Indonesia, May 21 – A slum area on Indonesia‘s Java Island has become an unlikely tourist attraction, as well as a social media hit, after its homes were painted vivid colors to transform the district into what is now being called “Kampung Pelangi” (“Rainbow Village”). As long as you don’t suffer

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Storied Jerusalem Hotel Readies for Arrival of President Trump

By Miriam Berger JERUSALEM, May 18 – The King David Hotel has hosted emperors, kings, prime ministers and divas in its 85-year history and on Monday it will add another salient name to its storied annals – U.S. President Donald Trump. Perched in the heart of Jerusalem, with sweeping views of its walled Old City,

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Dubai Announces $3 Billion Airport Expansion Project

DUBAI, 14th May, 2017 (WAM) — The Department of Finance for the Government of Dubai, DOF, the Investment Corporation of Dubai and Dubai Aviation City Corporation, have announced the successful signing of Airport Financing Company FZE, FINCO, US$3 billion credit facilities. The facilities represent the debut financing for FINCO as part of the long-term funding

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2017: The Year of Plane Rage?

TOKYO, May 3 – An American has been detained in Tokyo for allegedly assaulting an airline employee after a fight on a plane bound for Los Angeles, police said on Wednesday, in the latest bout of plane rage to go viral on social media. All Nippon Airways Flight 6 was waiting to take off from

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U.S. lawmakers to grill United Airlines on passenger removal

By David Shepardson and Alana Wise WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, May 2 – United Airlines Inc executives will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to face lawmakers’ questions about the forcible removal of a passenger on an overbooked flight last month, an incident that provoked international outrage. United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz’s appearance before the U.S. House Transportation

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Hundreds of millions of Chinese travel home for Lunar New Year

Passengers wait to board trains at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Railway Station as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel home for Lunar New Year in Beijing and Shanghai, in Shanghai. Passengers wait to board trains at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Railway Station as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel home for Lunar New Year in Beijing and Shanghai, in

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Villagers in India’s Himalayan Landscape Grapple with Tourism Boom

By Cathal McNaughton LEH, India, Oct 12  – Villagers nestled high in the Indian Himalayas are grappling with lifestyle changes in the world’s fastest-growing major economy that are eroding their age-old Buddhist culture but opening up new opportunities. People have long wrested a living from herding goats and tending wheat fields ringed by 6,000-m (19,685-ft)

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