Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Sep 22, 2016

Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Bangkok has beaten London to be crowned the world’s most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking by global payments and technology company Mastercard released on Thursday. Tourism has been one of the rare bright spots for Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest ...

France arrests 15-year-old boy for planning 'imminent' Paris attack

Sep 12, 2016

France arrests 15-year-old boy for planning 'imminent' Paris attack

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Paris suspected of preparing imminent “violent action,” two judicial sources said, the second alleged plot with links to the Islamic State group discovered in France over the last week. Last Sunday, a car loaded with gas cylinders ...

Drones put on show over Champs-Elysee in high-tech festival

Sep 5, 2016

Drones put on show over Champs-Elysee in high-tech festival

The Champs-Elysee was the setting of a mini-air show on Sunday as amateur drone enthusiasts flew their high-tech toys over the famed Paris avenue in the city’s first festival celebrating the gadgets. Concentrating intently, punters guided their remote-controlled flying machines through a brightly colored ...

Contemporary French poet Yves Bonnefoy dies at age of 93

Jul 2, 2016

Contemporary French poet Yves Bonnefoy dies at age of 93

France’s most famous contemporary poet, Yves Bonnefoy, has died at the age of 93, officials confirmed Saturday. The author of more than 100 books translated into 30 languages was highly decorated in his native France, and his name was often mentioned as a favorite ...

Utamaro woodblock print fetches world-record €745,000 in Paris

Jun 23, 2016

Utamaro woodblock print fetches world-record €745,000 in Paris

A Japanese woodblock print from the Edo Period fetched €745,000 ($841,000) at auction in Paris, setting a world record for both the genre and the artist, Kitagawa Utamaro, the auctioneer said. The work by the 18th-century artist, titled “Deeply Hidden Love” (“Fukaku Shinobu Koi”), ...