Fast visas and dim sum: Spain seeks to attract Chinese tourists

Feb 27, 2015

Fast visas and dim sum: Spain seeks to attract Chinese tourists

Spanish five-star hotels are serving up white rice for breakfast as Spain offers quicker visas and seeks more direct flights from China to tap into the surging wave of Chinese tourists. When Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited China in September, he announced that ...

U.S. fast food chain Taco Bell to re-enter Japanese market

Feb 27, 2015

U.S. fast food chain Taco Bell to re-enter Japanese market

Taco Bell Corp., a major U.S. fast food chain, will reopen restaurants in Japan, joining forces with Asrapport Dining Co., a Japanese operator of restaurant franchises, the Japanese company announced Thursday. The first outlet is expected to open in central Tokyo by fall this ...

British street artist Banksy takes aim at Gaza's privations

Feb 27, 2015

British street artist Banksy takes aim at Gaza's privations

The eminent but anonymous British street artist known as Banksy has posted a minidocumentary on his website, banksy.co.uk, showing squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip six months after the end of the war between the enclave’s Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel. Israel was criticized ...

Atheist U.S. blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Feb 27, 2015

Atheist U.S. blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Unidentified assailants with machetes hacked to death a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin and left his wife injured in Dhaka on Thursday, police said. The atheist writer’s family is claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists. Avijit Roy was the founder of ...

Feb 27, 2015

Brazil teen killed by police recorded shooting on phone

A 15-year-old Brazilian shot dead by police last week was carrying a mobile phone that caught the incident on camera, according to video published Thursday by a news site. Alan de Souza Lima was killed Friday in a favela near Rio by police gunfire ...

Feb 27, 2015

Mystery Apple event planned for March 9, likely for new smartwatch

Apple sent invitations Thursday for a mystery event due to take place March 9, amid speculation about an imminent launch of its much anticipated Apple Watch. The invitation simply said “Spring Forward,” referring to the fact that clocks will spring forward one hour in ...

Bellboy testifies at American man's murder trial on Bali

Feb 27, 2015

Bellboy testifies at American man's murder trial on Bali

A bellboy at an Indonesian hotel testified Thursday that an American man charged with murdering his girlfriend’s mother and stuffing the body into a suitcase refused any help in taking a bag to a taxi outside the hotel. Tommy Schaefer, 21, and Heather Mack, ...

Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine

Feb 27, 2015

Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine

Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Thursday she hoped Russia’s Vladimir Putin would not try the same strategy in Moldova as he had in Ukraine, and expressed support for the country’s efforts to forge stronger ties with Europe, to Moscow’s chagrin. The chancellor, asked at ...