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  • Tourists refused to flee erupting volcano so they could keep taking photos

    10/04/2016 5:43:41 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 38 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/3/2016 | Oliver Smith
    Tourists in Indonesia ignored instructions to flee an erupting volcano so they could continue taking photos, the countrys disaster agency has said. Mount Barujari, part of the Mount Rinjani National Park on the island of Lombok, erupted without warning last Tuesday, ejecting a column of ash two kilometres into the sky that subsequently delayed flights to and from nearby Bali. Indonesias Disaster Mitigation Agency quickly moved to evacuate the 1,023 tourists, including 639 foreigners, that were in the park at the time. It claims, however, that many refused to leave the mountain, in some cases even hiding from officials, so...
  • Truck in Nice Attack: Important to test for fingerprints/DNA on weapons

    07/15/2016 12:19:40 AM PDT · by topher · 38 replies
    15-July-2016 | Vanity
    The fact there is so many weapons on the truck in the Nice (FR) attack, it is important to get forensics on these weapons. The truck supposedly had quite a few weapons (rifles/grenades/etc). It should NOT BE CONSIDERED profiling to get fingerprints/DNA of all immigrants in Europe/United States/Canada -- as well as other countries. It is a way to see WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THESE ATTACKS AS WELL AS FUTURE ATTACKS. Remember that it is reported that the truck was loaded with weapons. Europe should consider fingerprinting/getting DNA on all immigrants and even current citizens.
  • Man 'arrested in France for planning attack on tourists'

    06/16/2016 7:42:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 16 Jun 2016 17:59 GMT+02:00
    A 22-year-old radicalized convert to Islam has been arrested in France over suspicions he was planning to attack American and Russian tourists, legal sources said Thursday. The suspect had gone to the southwestern city of Carcassone with a view to carrying out a violent act, in particular targeting Americans and Russians, a judicial source said. A source close to the investigation said the suspect was arrested in possession of a knife and a small mallet.
  • Fort Carson soldiers evacuated from Colorado peak by helicopter

    06/03/2016 6:08:46 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 3,2016
    Defense officials told Fox News that 11 Green Berets from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs were involved in a climbing training exercise Thursday on 14,259-foot Longs Peak, but a few of them had trouble continuing. The group ended up spending the night. Rocky Mountain National Park spokesman Kyle Patterson said they're helping one another climb to the summit of Longs Peak and that rangers are helping as needed. Two soldiers got altitude sickness, and the other soldiers decided to spent the night on the mountain, 10th Special Forces group spokesman Lt. Col. Sean Ryan told ABC News. No one is...
  • It's time for Wisconsin to seriously consider tolling

    05/29/2016 1:11:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2016 | Patrick Jones
    America's roads and bridges got a real workout in 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers last year logged more miles on our roads than in any year in U.S. history more than 3.1 trillion miles an increase of more than 3% over 2014. Wisconsin is part of that trend with more than 60 billion of those miles traveled. But, too often, Wisconsinites find themselves idling in traffic or on slow-going, bumpy roads. I'm sure it was not a surprise when a study commissioned by the Local Government of Wisconsin Institute concluded last spring that Wisconsin...
  • Turkish official: 'I wish wounded Israeli tourists were dead'

    03/19/2016 12:06:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/3/16
    Irem Aktas, a member of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, posted a tweet today, reading "I wish that the wounded Israeli tourists were dead." She deleted the account shortly after posting it, but not in time to prevent a strong backlash over her lack of sympathy. Aktas, who is responsible for the party's digital communications and holds the party's Women's Media & Publicity Chair, also wrote "when Israel was attacking your Muslim brothers, why didn't you say anything," i24 reports. A spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said, "We are looking into the issue with the Turkish Foreign Ministry....
  • Florida Attorney General investigating rental car companies for fees added to toll charges

    02/21/2016 5:11:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WPTV ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Strathman
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Take a drive on Florida's toll road. It's not how far you go that determines what you pay. We found it may be the car you drive. "I was mad going on vacation with my wife," explained Steve Pasek. For Pasek, the memories of his Florida vacation are as fresh as the snow back in Ohio. He declined the rental car company's toll service. With the rental car company's automated billing services, you are billed weeks after you return the car. A third party company is used to send you the bill. While Pasek declined...
  • 'No evacuation' for 80,000 Russian tourists still in Egypt

    11/07/2015 11:43:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 11/07/15
    Nearly 80,000 Russians are currently vacationing in Egypt but there will be no emergency evacuation, with tourists set to return home when they want, an official told AFP. "Nearly 80,000 tourists are in Egypt," Irina Tyurina, a spokeswoman for the Russian Union of the Tourism Industry, told AFP after a government meeting. "There will be no evacuation," she said, adding that most were staying in Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada. Russia halted flights to Egypt on Friday amid growing fears that a Russian jet downed last weekend over the Sinai peninsula with 224 people on board was bombed.
  • ISIS Supporter Accused of Planning Nail Bomb Attack on Florida Beach

    08/04/2015 6:41:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 8/4/15 | John Haward
    The FBI on Monday announced terrorism charges against 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West, Florida, who portrayed himself online as a member of ISIS and allegedly wanted to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.Toward this end, law enforcement says Suarez thought he was purchasing an operational backpack bomb for deployment in Florida, but it was actually a dud sold to him by FBI operatives. He was also allegedly trying to get his hands on an AK-47 rifle.According to NBC News, Suarez told informants of a plan to pack the bomb with nails, bury it on the beach, and...
  • French Couple Dead After Hike in New Mexico; Child Rescued

    08/07/2015 3:07:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    KOB ^ | 8/7
    Authorities say a man and woman from France have been found dead after hiking in New Mexico's White Sands National Monument. Park rangers say a young boy was found alive and treated for heat exposure Tuesday, when the daytime temperature at the monument was 101 degrees. SNIP Park rangers were on patrol about 1 miles from the Alkali Flat trailhead when they found woman's body about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. SNIP
  • Four Swedish Cops on Vacation in New York Answer the Call of Duty to Stop a Brutal Assault ....

    04/23/2015 3:54:58 PM PDT · by Cecily · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 23, 2015 | Michael Zinnie
    Four burly Swedish cops put their New York City vacation on hold to answer the call of duty on a Manhattan subway train last night. The friends were on their way to see Les Misrables on Broadway, DNA Info reports, and rushed in to stop a brutal assault on a crowded rush-hour 6 train. 'We came here for vacation. Weve been here one day. Were no heroes, just tourists,' Makrus sberg, a 25-year-old officer with the police Uppsala, Sweden, told the New York Post. Mr Asberg, along with Erik Naslund, Samuel Kvarzell and Eric Jansberger, subdued an enraged homeless man...
  • Canadian man found dead at Mexican resort of Los Cabos

    03/19/2015 7:29:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | 3- 19- 2015
    His body was found on the El Tule beach, midway between the twin resorts of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. ... Also Wednesday, the Mexican navy said it had found a boat stolen during a mass robbery of tourists on an island off the nearby city of La Paz last week ... On March 14, a group of armed men arrived at the island of Espiritu Santo aboard a boat and stole the belongings of a group of mainly foreign tourists on a day trip to the island. The thieves also stole one of the boats the...
  • 2 American tourists charged over names carved into Colosseum, in latest act of vandalism

    03/12/2015 9:50:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Carabinieri Captain Lorenzo Iacobone said Monday two tourists from California, ages 21 and 25, were picked up Saturday for carving their names eight centimeters (three inches) high into an upper level of the Colosseum. They were freed later but will face trial for aggravated damage to a monument. Iacobone said the young women apologized for the vandalism, but he said such acts "are extremely serious, and no one considers the damage they are creating."
  • Bibi's Subtle Diss of Barry

    07/23/2012 6:20:15 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 31 replies ^ | 07/23/2012 | Joy Tiz
    You have to start with the premise that the Prime Minister of Israel chooses his words carefully. Unlike our president who is more enchanted with the sound of his own voice than Narcissus was with his reflection. Netanyahu was asked by Chris Wallace on Wallace's Fox News Sunday show about the terrorist attack on a bus in Bulgaria that slaughtered five Israeli tourists. Bibi was well beyond adamant that the perpetrators were Hezbollah, supported by Iran. On this point, the prime minister was quite forceful. Wallace then asked Netanyahu if he had shared any of his recently acquired information with...
  • N. Korea bars tourists from popular race over Ebola concerns

    02/22/2015 7:24:38 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    North Korean authorities are barring foreigners from this year's Pyongyang marathon, a popular tourist event, due to ongoing Ebola travel restrictions. Nick Bonner, co-founder of Beijing-based Koryo Tours, a tour agency that specializes in North Korea travel, said more than 400 foreign runners had signed up with his agency alone for the event, which is to be held April 12. He said he was informed by officials on Monday that the race would be open only to local runners. Though no cases of Ebola have been reported anywhere near North Korea, the country shut its borders to foreign tourists in...
  • Have archaeologists discovered where Jesus was sentenced to death?

    01/05/2015 9:04:31 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 January 2015 | Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline
    The exact spot upon which Jesus stood as he was sentenced to death, may have been pinpointed by archaeologists in Jerusalem. Discovered around 15 years ago, the remains of Herod the Greats palace have been carefully examined and a place between a gate and uneven stone pavement has been identified as fitting the description of the event in the Gospel of John. Pilgrims and tourists will be able to visit the Biblical site, because tours are being offered by the Tower of David Museum, which is located nearby.
  • Illegal Aliens Storm the Beach in San Diego, Second Attempt Thwarted

    08/28/2014 12:22:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | August 28, 2014 - 11:23 AM | By Craig Bannister
    Illegal aliens successfully landed on a San Diego beach in a panga boat on Monday and ran to shore - but, when another group tried the same thing on Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) agents were waiting for them. Around 7am Monday morning, a horde of illegal aliens stormed a San Diego beach after coming ashore in a panga boat. They sprinted across the beach and climbed over a wall, entering the city Seven of the illegal aliens were spotted by helicopter and later apprehended several blocks from the beach; the CBP is still looking for at least ten...
  • MOLAR CITY: Welcome To The Mexican Town Crawling With US Tourists Who Need Root Canals

    06/21/2014 9:26:58 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    BI ^ | 6-21-2014 | Harrison Jacobs
    Harrison JacobsJune 20, 2014     For Americans looking to mix in a little dental work with their vacations, there is no better place than Vicente Guerrero, a small Mexican border town better known by its nickname: Los Algodones (translation: Molar City). Mexico is a top destination for so-called medical tourists from the United States who go South of the Border for significantly cheaper dental work, eyeglasses, plastic surgery, and prescription drugs. In Los Algodones, some 350 dentists work within a few blocks of the city center, NPR recently reported.(snip)
  • Armed Guards Kick Senior Citizens Out of Yellowstone Park

    10/08/2013 10:23:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-8-13 | Elizabeth Shields
    Thousands of people found themselves inside a national park when the government shutdown went into effect. Pat Vaillancourt and her tour group "which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard." The seniors were treated harshly by armed park employees until they were able to leave according to Vaillancourt. Once they began the journey out of the park, "the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along...
  • SKY FALL! Man tumbles off Empire State Building

    04/25/2013 12:37:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    After 'leaping' one story security talks man out of jumping a second time to avoid death plunge.Two tourists were taking in the sights Wednesday night, when right before their eyes a man hovered between life and death on the 85th floor of the Empire State Building Argentinians Luis Ariel Jofre and Julieta Paola Barambones said they saw the man, who had apparently already fallen one floor off an observation deck, swing his legs into the air as if he meant to drop again. Man is rushed from Empire State Building after tumbling one story, breaking his ankle and cutting his...
  • Police Escorts for Jewish Tourists in Europe

    08/12/2012 12:51:45 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/8/12 | Gil Ronen
    Three weeks after the murderous terror attack against Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, Israeli tourists in Europe are receiving police protection. There have been reports from different sources that Bulgaria has been assigning both uniformed and undercover police to protect groups of Israeli tourists who travel in the country. In some cases, hotels that house Israelis receive a police guard. The extra protection is noticeable outside Bulgaria, too. A group of hareidim from the U.S. who are touring Europe said that in Greece, the authorities responded positively to requests from tourist companies, and provided the group with police escorts. .....
  • Bedouin Abducts Two U.S. Tourists in Sinai

    07/14/2012 1:24:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/12 | Elad Benari
    Military and police officials in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Friday that two U.S. tourists have been abducted by a Bedouin seeking to pressure officials to release his detained relative. Officials told The Associated Press the two Americans, a man and a woman, were taken along with their Egyptian tour guide, in a mountainous region in the center of the peninsula called Sabr el-Hitan. U.S. Embassy spokesman David Lynnfield told AP the embassy was looking into the kidnapping. Security officials say the Bedouin man abducted the tourists to pressure authorities to release his uncle detained in the Egyptian coastal city...
  • 'They begged for their lives with their trousers down': Two lost drunk British holidaymakers....

    03/23/2012 6:41:24 AM PDT · by mmanager · 45 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 3/22/2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Two British tourists holidaying in Florida begged for their lives with their trousers pulled down before they were mercilessly shot dead, a court has heard. Shawn Tyson, who turned 17 on Monday, is said to have murdered James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, after they drunkenly stumbled into the rundown Newtown neighbourhood of Sarasota. He allegedly forced the terrified pair to pull down their trousers before firing a volley of shots. Accused: Shawn Tyson is on trial for the murders of British tourists James Cooper and James Kouzaris Tyson is accused of going to rob the best friends in...
  • Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok

    02/14/2012 6:47:29 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Robert Johnson
    Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok Robert JohnsonFeburary 14, 2012 One day after bombs targeting Israeli embassy staff went off in India and Georgia, another botched attack played out this morning in Bangkok. Through several reports, the incident appears to have played out something like this: Saeib Morabi, a suspected Iranian, was fleeing an explosion that rocked through his rented home in central Bangkok. While he was on the road looking for transportation, another explosion went off "on a nearby road." When Morabi finally managed to flag down a cab, the driver...
  • U.S. tourists seized in Egypt's Sinai released

    02/03/2012 9:07:54 AM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Two American women kidnapped by gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday were released into army custody hours after they were seized, security sources said.

    05/09/2011 2:55:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    (AP) via Washington ^ | May 8, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "They say they police intelligence unit arrested Asdatul Sahirun on Sunday at a shopping mall in the capital's Malate tourist district."
  • Burka ban. New French law forbids Islamic women from wearing full-face veils in public

    04/11/2011 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:36 PM on 11th April 2011 | Peter Allen
    France's controversial burka ban became law today, sparking a protest in Paris during which two women wearing full-face veils were arrested. But the demonstrations were on a relatively small scale, with the handful of protesters being outnumbered by police, reporters and tourists. Ironically, the biggest protest was in London, where a group of women in full black burkas gathered outside the French Embassy.
  • Health tourists told to pay up or be sent home in new NHS crackdown on foreigners

    03/18/2011 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/18/11 | Daniel Martin
    A crackdown on so-called health tourists was announced by ministers yesterday. Foreigners who have failed to pay NHS bills of 1,000 or more will be kicked out of the country and banned from returning until the debt is paid. Visitors are supposed either to have health insurance or pay themselves for hospital care in Britain. Thousands flout the rules, however, with 7million being owed to London health trusts alone. Damian Green, the immigration minister, said: The NHS is a national health service not an international one. If someone does not pay for their treatment we will not let them
  • Electronic Toll on Golden Gate Bridge Can Cost Tourists Hundreds

    02/02/2011 6:18:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Aol Travel ^ | February 1, 2011 | Jason Cochran
    The authorities that run San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge announced that next year, they will remove the crossing's human toll takers and replace them with electronic sensors. The switch has been sold as a triumph for efficiency and traffic flow but is potential budget disaster for tourists who now risk stumbling into fines or having to pay more money for e-pass equipment. Cities and states across the world have been moving to sensor-based tolling systems, from TxTag in Texas to E-ZPass in 14 states, without regard to the burden it places on tourists who either don't understand the system,...
  • Canada home firebombing case shows evil of anti-defense laws

    01/22/2011 3:51:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 January, 2011 | David Codrea
    Man faces jail after protecting home from masked attackers, Ramsin McMahon reports in Canadas National Post. Ian Thomsonwoke up to the sound of three masked men firebombing his Port Colborne, Ont., homeSo Mr. Thomson, a former firearms instructor, grabbed one of his Smith & Wesson revolvers from his safe, loaded it and headed outside dressed in only his underwear. He exited his house and fired his revolver two, maybe three times, were not sure. Then these firebombing culprits, they ran off, said his lawyer, Edward Burlew. The result? The Crown has recommended Mr. Thomson go to jail, his lawyer said....
  • 8 American Tourists Killed in a Bus Crash in Egypt

    12/26/2010 12:47:21 AM PST · by Cardhu · 17 replies · 4+ views
    Fox News via AP ^ | December 26, 2010 | Staff
    World 8 American Tourists Killed in a Bus Crash in Egypt CAIRO Egypt's national news agency says eight American tourists have been killed and 21 others injured when their bus smashed into a truck in southern Egypt. MENA says the crash took place early Sunday as the tourists were traveling from Aswan to Abu Simbel, the site of an ancient Egyptian temple.
  • Indonesia's dragons draw tourists to 'Jurassic' islands

    12/22/2010 2:59:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/22/10 | Jerome Rivet
    KOMODO ISLAND, Indonesia (AFP) They don't breathe fire but Komodo dragons -- the largest lizards in the world -- can kill a buffalo or any one of the intrepid tourists who flock to their deserted island habitats. "I feel like I'm in the middle of Jurassic Park, very deep in the past," said Hong Kong visitor Michael Lien during a recent trip to Komodo Island, the main habitat of the threatened Indonesian lizards. ... "What am I supposed to do if a dragon appears suddenly?" he asks Johnny Banggur, the guide on a tour of the island, an almost...
  • Zimbabwean Man Killed by Lions While Showering

    11/03/2010 5:18:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 3 2010
    A Zimbabwean has been killed by a pride of lions while he was showering in a camp in the country's north.The man was attacked while using an outside shower at a fishing camp near Mana Pools National Park, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force told German news agency DPA. The area, located on the Zambesi River, is popular with hunters, most of whom stay in basic camps that offer little protection against attack by wild animals. The attack is the latest in a string of lion attacks in the area, Mr Rodrigues said. Eight villagers were killed...
  • 20 Mexican Tourists Missing After Acapulco Kidnap

    10/02/2010 5:09:20 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/2/2010 | Yahoo News
    MEXICO CITY (AFP) A heavily armed gang kidnapped about 20 Mexican tourists in the beach resort city of Acapulco earlier this week and their whereabouts are still unknown, police said Saturday. The tourists from Morelia in neighboring Michoacan state were "deprived of their liberty" Thursday when they were overtaken by an armed group, prosecutors said in a statement, adding they did not know the identity of the gunmen or the fate of those abducted. "On Thursday night, about 20 people were abducted by armed men as they arrived in Acapulco. There is no immediate word on there whereabouts, the...
  • Source: U.S. to Issue Travel Warning on Public Places in Europe

    10/02/2010 1:13:09 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/2/10
    The Obama administration will issue a warning Saturday to U.S. travelers in Europe to avoid places frequented by Westerners after new intelligence suggested an attack by Al Qaeda could be imminent, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Fox News. The travel warning is expected to be announced at 4 p.m., pending Secretary Hillary Clinton's approval, the official said. The move is expected to have significant implications for European tourism. The travel warning will advise Americans to stay away from European tourist sites, transportation hubs and other facilities because of fresh threat information, U.S. officials said. A European official briefed on...
  • Travel Like a VIP on a Small Budget in Asia

    04/30/2010 12:29:29 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies · 583+ views
    Associated Content ^ | April 30 2010 | Alice Winters
    Rarely are currency exchange rates as good for the American dollar as that of Asian countries. In Asia, the American dollar carries a lot of clout and with the recent devaluation of the USD; it is a good thing that these countries offer an excellent trip for so little cost to Americans.
  • Lufthansa flight blocked as Japanese group falls ill

    03/21/2010 2:40:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies · 784+ views
    (AFP) via TIMES OF INDIA ^ | AFP, Mar 21, 2010, 08.12am IST | n/a
    SNIPPET: "BERLIN: The take-off of a German flight to Tokyo was delayed after two dozen Japanese tourists on board fell ill with violent stomach cramps, German police said. Shortly before take-off on Saturday afternoon, the Airbus A340 carrying some 300 passengers returned to the airport terminal in Berlin after the tourists complained of stomach pains and nausea, said a police statement." SNIPPET: "The victims also complained of vertigo, vomiting and circulation problems, according to doctors, though their lives were not thought to be in danger, said the police statement. Doctors were still trying to ascertain what had caused the sickness,...
  • Egypt Foiled Attacks on Jewish Tourists, US Ships

    01/31/2010 9:29:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 228+ views
    INN ^ | 1/31/2010 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    ( Egyptian sources revealed on Sunday that its intelligence forces two months ago arrested approximately two dozen terrorists who planned to attack Jews visiting the tomb of the revered 19th century Rabbi Yaakov Abhatzeira. They also plotted to strike American ships in the Suez Canal and banks in Cairo and Alexandria. The terrorists also were in possession of a large quantity of explosives used for Hamas rocket attacks. The cell was attempting to join the Jihad in Darfur and had been training at a desert camp near the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Tourists paying $500 for Machu Picchu evacuation

    01/27/2010 10:19:30 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 884+ views
    timesonline ^ | January 27, 2010
    Desperate tourists are paying up to $500 (300) to get on helicopters out of the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru after torrential rains set off mudslides that have killed up to ten people. Britons are among the 1,500 still trapped in the area three days after the heaviest rains in 15 years flooded the area over the weekend. Rudy Chalco, a tour guide with a group of elderly Europeans, said that the rescuers were not complying with the government's orders to prioritise the evacuation of children, the elderly and sick, and that some were paying to skip...
  • Lies to tell tourists (Humor; A lesson on "spin")

    01/07/2010 11:20:12 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 4 replies · 569+ views
    Time Out Shanghai (Magazine) | January 2010 | Editors
    Tall tales are better. When escalators were first introduced in Shanghai in the 1980s, authorities were worried about stampedes on the new contraptions. So they put out a pamphlet, 'Escalate Two By Two For Harmonious Escalating', which encouraged people to stand side-by-side on escalators, thus creating a barrier to prevent excessive movement up or down. The campaign worked, and nowadays Shanghai's escalator riders are as intent as ever on preventing stampedes by not allowing you to pass when you're in a rush.
  • Unwitting tourists attend White House breakfast

    12/15/2009 4:16:54 PM PST · by george76 · 71 replies · 2,940+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 15, 2009 | BEN EVANS
    <p>The White House is once again explaining how uninvited guests wound up shaking hands with President Barack Obama.</p> <p>This time, a Georgia couple hoping to tour the White House ended up at an invitation-only Veterans Day breakfast.</p>
  • Binge drinking spreads to Italy

    10/01/2009 6:25:54 PM PDT · by Saije · 16 replies · 845+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/1/2009 | Nick Squires
    It's 2 a.m. and the hours of sustained drinking are taking their toll. Smashed glass and plastic cups litter the streets, trash cans overflow with empty beer cans, and girls in high heels and short skirts totter unsteadily out of rowdy pubs. But this is not London or New York. It's Rome. Italians have long been regarded as a model of Mediterranean restraint when it comes to alcohol consumption. But all that is changing, for a complex mix of reasons. Italian parents, struggling in the country's worst recession since World War II, are working longer hours and have less time...
  • Russians snatch 'worst tourists' crown from Germans... even hiding sunloungers in their ROOMS

    08/28/2009 5:58:08 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 1,336+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 28, 2009
    For years the Germans have been the undisputed champions of holiday rudeness. But it seems their long reign has at last come to an end. The Russians are now considered the most unpleasant holidaymakers in the world, a survey revealed yesterday. They won first place thanks to their appalling taste in fashion, terrible table manners, and worst of all habit of hiding sunloungers in their rooms overnight to ensure a spot at the pool. Those who holidayed in Spain, France, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Portugal took a dislike to Russians, claiming they: * Took hotel sunloungers...
  • US tourists 'being held by Iran'

    07/31/2009 3:49:04 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 21 replies · 774+ views
    BBC ^ | July 31st 2009 | AFP agency
    Washington has said it is checking reports that three US tourists were detained by Iranians while hiking along the northern Iraqi border. The three are reported to have gone missing in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region which borders Iran.
  • French tourists seen as world's worst: survey

    07/09/2009 11:39:02 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 907+ views ^ | Jul 9
    PARIS (Reuters Life!) French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as bad at foreign languages, tight-fisted and arrogant, according to a survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world. They finish in last place in the survey carried out for internet travel agency Expedia by polling company TNS Infratest, which said French holidaymakers don't speak local languages and are seen as impolite.
  • French tourists seen as world's worst: survey

    07/09/2009 11:57:20 AM PDT · by americanophile · 12 replies · 1,244+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | July 9, 2009 | Joseph Tandy; editing by James Mackenzie
    PARIS (Reuters Life!) French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as bad at foreign languages, tight-fisted and arrogant, according to a survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world. They finish in last place in the survey carried out for internet travel agency Expedia by polling company TNS Infratest, which said French holidaymakers don't speak local languages and are seen as impolite. "It's mainly the fact that they speak little or no English when they're abroad, and they don't speak much of the local language," Expedia Marketing Director Timothee de Roux told radio station France Info....
  • Al-Qaida in N. Africa claims UN diplomats hostages

    02/19/2009 1:00:54 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 581+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2009 | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU,
    Al-Qaida's North Africa branch claimed Wednesday it is holding hostage a senior U.N. peace envoy, his aide and four tourists kidnapped in the Sahara Desert in recent weeks. "We announce to the general public that the mujahideen (holy warriors) reserve the right to deal with the six kidnapped according to Islamic Shariah law," the al-Qaida group said in a statement posted Wednesday ...
  • Chunk of NZ glacier crushes 2 Australian tourists (apparently ignored rope barriers)

    01/08/2009 1:09:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,134+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/09 | AP
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand A falling chunk of glacier crushed two brothers to death at a popular tourist spot, and one remained buried under ice blocks the size of large vehicles, police said Friday. The two Australians apparently ignored rope barriers set up to prevent hikers from wandering into dangerous areas.
  • Reid tries to explain 'smell the tourists' comment

    12/10/2008 1:27:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,442+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/10/08 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended himself Wednesday over a joking comment that tourists to the Capitol sometimes smell. Turns out many people weren't amused.
  • Most Obnoxious Tourists? The French.

    07/07/2008 9:48:20 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 27 replies · 103+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 07/07/2008 | Bruce Crumley
    Remember the tightwad tourist whose baggy shorts, frequent complaining and shouted questions about why none of the locals spoke any English made the ugly American the world's Visitor From Hell? Well, it's time for Archie Bunker to move over and make way for Petulant Pierre. According to a recent international survey, the French are now considered the most obnoxious tourists from European nations, and behind only Indians and the last-place Chinese as the worst among all countries worldwide. And it's not only the rest of the world that have a gripe with the Gallic attitude: the French also finished second...