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Bangkok: The Big Stopover

The TimesThe Times - Aug 11, 2018
Bangkok can seem bewildering for new arrivals, what with its Bladerunner blur and infamous traffic. How to survive 48 hours? Keep it simple, and stay close to the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok's birthplace has undergone a rousing renaissance ...  


Ai Weiwei says China authorities raze his Beijing studio

Washington PostWashington Post - Aug 4, 2018
BEIJING — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio. The frequent government critic says on his Instagram account the demolition began Friday without prior notice and posted videos of an excavator smashing the ...  


10 things to do in Boston this weekend

Boston.comBoston.com - Aug 9, 2018
Skip Netflix this weekend—here are 10 ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city. If you'd like BosTen delivered to your inbox every Thursday, click here. Want more things to do? Check out our events calendar at boston.com/events. You ...  

Cape Town

Cape Town taxi strike called off

Mail & GuardianMail & Guardian - Aug 7, 2018
ANC member of provincial parliament Cameron Dugmore confirmed that the strike was called off after the party engaged with the minibus taxi industry task team (MTITT) on Monday evening at Cosatu offices in Cape Town. “They agreed to end the strike on ...  


'Bait truck' of Nike shoes left in black Chicago community during railroad sting

But Norfolk Southern Railway, which operated the truck with assistance from the Chicago Police Department, denied that the sting targeted neighborhood youth and that the truck was ever left open. Three men, ages 21 and over, were charged with burglary ...  


Welsh tourist 'stuck in Dubai' over £36k speeding fine

BBC NewsBBC News - Aug 8, 2018
The family of a Welsh tourist who was fined £36,000 for speeding in a Lamborghini say he is being forced to stay in Dubai. Farah Hashi, 25, from Newport, cannot afford the fines, his brother said. The dealership where Mr Hashi rented the Lamborghini ...  


Una Mullally: Dublin will fail unless housing crisis is tackled

Irish TimesIrish Times - Aug 6, 2018
I doubt David Kitt intended to start a national conversation about the state of Dublin by detailing his own personal circumstances of not being able to afford to live in the city. These are circumstances many others are also experiencing. But a tipping ...  


Barrier removal restores Edinburgh Castle view

BBC NewsBBC News - Aug 13, 2018
Controversial hoardings that were blocking views of Edinburgh Castle have been removed, the council has confirmed. City of Edinburgh Council leader Adam McVey asked officers to take down the high black screens around Princes Street Gardens. They had ...  


Florence travelers travel to Florence

whnt.comwhnt.com - Aug 4, 2018
FLORENCE, Ala. -- Nearly 40 Florence residents will travel on the week of August 5 to their name-sake in honor of the city's bicentennial. Exactly 37 people will embark on a journey to Italy as a result of the city's 200th birthday. Florence was named ...  


Kyoto is old Japan writ large

Stuff.co.nzStuff.co.nz - Aug 9, 2018
Kyoto is old Japan writ large: atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons. Japan's spiritual heart. This is a city of some 2000 temples and shrines: a city of true masterpieces of religious ...  

Las Vegas

5 bouts added to McGregor-headlined UFC 229 card in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Review-JournalLas Vegas Review-Journal - Aug 9, 2018
Conor McGregor and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov have some company on the UFC 229 card at T-Mobile Arena. UFC officials confirmed five additional bouts to the Review-Journal on Thursday for the Oct. 6 card in Las Vegas, highlighted by ...  


AFL: Swans show courage in win over Demons after heartbreaking ACL to Alex Johnson – as it happened

ABC NewsThe Guardian - Aug 12, 2018
You'd think that win has to galvanise the Swans, given how brave it was in the circumstances, while it's another deflating loss for Melbourne – so close yet so far again. The Dogs' upset of North Melbourne today will also have implications for finals ...  


Montreal West Island student off to Europe after winning Beaverbrook Vimy Prize

CBC.caCBC.ca - Aug 5, 2018
Stanford Li, 16, a student at Selwyn House, is headed to Great Britain, Belgium and France for two weeks to learn about the First and Second World Wars. He's one of 14 Canadian high school students to win the Vimy Foundation's 2018 Beaverbrook Vimy ...  


Lavrov to meet with Lebanese top diplomat in Moscow in August
TASS - Aug 13, 2018

The two diplomats' previous meeting was held in Moscow in November 2017. On July 23, Russian president's envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had a telephone conversation with the Lebanese ...  

New Orleans

Man and woman shot in Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans police say

NOLA.comNOLA.com - Aug 11, 2018
A man and woman were shot Saturday afternoon (Aug. 11) in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, police said. The shooting was reported about 1:45 p.m. in the 6400 block of North Claiborne Avenue, about six blocks from the St. Bernard Parish line. Both victims ...  

New York City

New York City is the perfect scooter market, but it's also the most impossible

The VergeThe Verge - Aug 11, 2018
Electric scooters have cropped up en masse in cities across the country from Salt Lake to Washington, DC, but they won't be hitting the most populous city in the US anytime soon. On one hand, New York City is a natural fit for these scooter companies ...  

San Francisco

San Francisco proposes an end to free tech lunches

CNBCCNBC - Aug 6, 2018
San Francisco Supervisors Ahsha Safai and Aaron Peskin are proposing to ban companies moving into new office space in the city from offering employees free ...  


Seahawks to bring in QB Josh Johnson for a visit

Seattle TimesSeattle Times - Aug 11, 2018
The Seahawks are expected to bring in veteran quarterback Josh Johnson for a visit soon, the Seattle Times confirmed. Johnson's visit was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Johnson, 32, hasn't played in an NFL game since 2013 but ...  


Everything You Need To Know About Beauty Shopping In South Korea

Refinery29Refinery29 - Aug 4, 2018
While K-beauty sections have sprung up at countless U.S. retailers, nothing beats the authentic experience of shopping at the origin of it all: Seoul, South Korea (the city's famed shopping district, Myeongdong, is known as the Times Square of beauty ...  


Five trendy new Shanghai hotels for party people, creative types, budget travellers and the cultured ultra-rich

South China Morning PostSouth China Morning Post - Aug 3, 2018
Several hotel openings in the past year have given Shanghai's hospitality scene a lift. With China's largest city, home to 24 million people, experiencing a cultural and financial boom, properties have opened to match that vibrancy.  


2 ways to explore Singapore in a day

RapplerRappler - Aug 11, 2018
With its status as a transport hub and its proximity to Manila, it's not uncommon for travelers to find themselves in Singapore with not a lot of time to spare. Whether it's a long layover, a quick weekend off, or a free day in the middle of a business ...  


All You Need for the Perfect Summer Day in Stockholm Is a Bike and This Itinerary

Travel+LeisureTravel+Leisure - Aug 2, 2018
Stockholm seems custom-designed for an active summer vacation: one-third city, one-third green space, one-third water, and plenty of ways to explore each. But biking hasn't traditionally been one of them. Scandinavia is full of bike-friendly ...  


Pink Details Health Struggles as she Rebuts Reports She Canceled Sydney Show for a Beach Day

PEOPLE.comPEOPLE.com - Aug 3, 2018
Her note ended with a promise that she would be back on stage Saturday night at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena — “whether I'm better or not” — and a reminder that “the postponed show will be rescheduled.” “As I said, I'm sorry to the real fans who this ...  


Tokyo tops list of most innovate cities thanks to 3D technology, robotics

The Japan TimesThe Japan Times - Aug 11, 2018
“What really surprised us this year was the resurgence of Tokyo, moving up to eclipse rival cities like Boston,” said Christopher Hire, director of commercial data provider 2thinknow, which published the annual ranking on Friday. “They showed clear ...  


Thunderstorm warning ends, watches in effect for Toronto, GTA

CityNewsCityNews - Aug 7, 2018
A severe thunderstorm warning issued by Environment Canada for Toronto and parts of the GTA has ended. A watch remains in effect as additional thunderstorms may form Monday night. Click here for a list of the affected areas. Earlier in the day, ...  


Vancouver Weather: Chance of rain today, then mostly sunny long weekend

Vancouver SunVancouver Sun - Aug 3, 2018
VANCOUVER, B.C. – There's some good news for the tens of thousands of spectators taking in either the Celebration of Light fireworks on Saturday night or the Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday. Although there may be some rain Friday, the rest of the long ...  


Venice, Italy bans recreational boats from Grand Canal

Fox NewsFox News - Aug 4, 2018
Locals and tourists in Venice will have to look for some other means of getting around the city now that a new regulation will ban certain types of boats from the Grand Canal. As of August 1, authorities are now prohibiting recreational boats such as ...  


Vienna becomes magnet for low-cost airlines

Financial TimesFinancial Times - Aug 4, 2018
Until last August, Vienna airport had not been used to attention. But then the airport's second-largest customer collapsed — and now it has become a battleground for Europe's low-cost carriers. It is the demise of the Air Berlin Group, under €2bn of ...  

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