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  • Saving lives at 35,000ft in the air

    Saving lives at 35,000ft in the air

    Emirates has drawn attention to its safety procedures by announcing that it invests more than €6 million in equipment and thousands of hours in the training of crew for first-aid and emergency care. During 2014, crews and pilots spent a total of...

  • UK exit checks come into force

    Exit checks have come into force at airports, ports and international rail terminals in the UK. It is hoped the checks will improve the British government’s understanding of who is leaving and staying in the country. They will also help the police...

  • Airbnb offers beds in Cuba

    Airbnb offers beds in Cuba

    Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb now offers properties in Cuba, the company said, as it looks to capitalise on an expected travel boom resulting from the normalising of relations between the US and the Communist-run nation. President Barack...

  • Nepal’s weather forecaster

    Nepal’s weather forecaster

    Armed with a four-year-old laptop and an unreliable internet connection, a retired weather forecaster working from his living room is the best local source of climate data for trekkers in Nepal months after a storm killed 32 in the Annapurna...

  • Ancient place of worship now brings many people together

    Ancient place of worship now brings many people together

    In the latest of her series, Fiona Vella explores two of Beijing ’s temples that have survived armies wreaking havoc between their magnificent buildings and surrounding gardens Temple of Heaven Located in the southeast of Beijing, the Temple of...

  • Sailing down the river in search of Midsomer

    Sailing down the river in search of Midsomer

    It might have been called the HMS Barnaby. Or the SS Sgt Troy. But instead the new river cruise motorboat is simply called Midsomer and it will be officially christened and launched on May 14 by Britain’s Olympic rowing gold medallist Sir Steve...

  • New York City sounds sweet for music lovers

    New York City sounds sweet for music lovers

    New York is a centre for blues, jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, punk, classical and other musical styles played in its world-class concert halls, dive bars, parks and museums. The city that never sleeps moves to the beat of many different drummers,...

  • On the ropes

    On the ropes

    Tourists make their way across Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the Causeway coast, north of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The bridge is suspended 30 metres above sea level and was built 350 years ago by salmon fishermen, according to conservation...

  • Old-fashioned glamour lies in wait around every corner

    Old-fashioned glamour lies in wait around every corner

    The Alembic Bar is small and old-school, with wood-panelled walls, dimly glowing bare bulbs and a curved bar with a polished, hardwood top. There are three bar stools, perfectly placed, as if waiting just for us. We slide on to them. Cocktails are...

  • Turkish Airlines plans 13 flights to Malta per week

    Turkish Airlines plans 13 flights to Malta per week

    Since its inaugural flight to Malta two years ago, Turkish Airlines’ services to the island have grown quickly. The airline plans to schedule 13 flights every week from Istanbul to Luqa this summer, up from thrice weekly in 2013 and then daily...

  • Emirates pushes plane Wi-Fi

    Emirates pushes plane Wi-Fi

    Emirates now offers limited free Wi-Fi on 106 planes, with two to three more aircraft being installed with connectivity every month. After updating the service in early February, Emirates has seen uptake rise by another 25 per cent. On its ultra...

  • Travel dreams top ‘bucket list’

    Travel dreams top ‘bucket list’

    Tourist attractions are at the top of people’s ‘bucket list’ of things they would like to do in their lifetime, according to a survey. But with a typical list costing more than €187,000 to fulfil, it would take people 80 years to complete at the...

  • Smiling through gritted teeth for Chinese tourists

    Smiling through gritted teeth for Chinese tourists

    Drying underwear at a temple and defecating in public, kicking a bell at a sacred shrine and washing feet in a public restroom: that's some of a litany of complaints about the behaviour of Chinese tourists in Thailand. Public outrage forced the...

  • Outlook’s sunny for UK travel company

    Outlook’s sunny for UK travel company

    Tour operator Thomas Cook said holidaymakers were flocking to Cuba and Greece this year but added that prices remain under pressure. The 174-year-old firm, which organises package holidays to Malta, said UK winter holidays were 92 per cent sold –...

  • Waxing lyrical during Holy Week

    Waxing lyrical during Holy Week

    A girl holds a traditional ball of wax as she walks between penitents of La Lanzada brotherhood during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain.

  • Destinations that satisfy your chocolate cravings

    Destinations that satisfy your chocolate cravings

    After 40 days of abstinence from a personal temptation, the end of Lent is often marked by indulging in vices. Malta may celebrate Easter with figolli, but Natalie Bowen has ideas for those with a preference for cocoa treats... Cadbury World,...

  • Riverside revamp

    Riverside revamp

    The vista of rusting boats and drab wasteland that greets visitors passing over the river Sava into Belgrade is set to be transformed into a futuristic forest of skyscrapers under ambitious redevelopment plans that have deeply split...

  • Dreaming spires point to a college education

    Dreaming spires point to a college education

    You can’t think about Oxford without thinking about the university. It has almost 40 colleges, all dotted around the picturesque city. Cobbled streets, neatly mown lawns, cute cafes and beautiful architecture fill this great city and great bell...

  • All aboard to see the sights

    All aboard to see the sights

    Louis and Viorica Naudi spent a few days seeing Welsh heritage from above and below by photographing Snowdonia and former slate mines. Snowdonia National Park in north Wales is 823 square miles filled with purple-tipped mountains and forests. It’s...

  • Airbnb ‘wins bid for Rio Olympics rooms’

    Airbnb ‘wins bid for Rio Olympics rooms’

    Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc has won a bid to provide rooms for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as the city scrambles to accommodate visiting fans and athletes, a source with direct knowledge of the situation has told...

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