Jul 25, 2014

'Caliphate' tours big business for jihadists

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its so-called caliphate. Running twice-weekly tours from the Syrian city of Raqqa to Iraq’s Anbar, Islamic State ...

Jul 13, 2014

Gunman attack diving resort on Malaysia's Borneo island

A policeman was killed and a second was kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hot spot, a security official said Sunday. The shooting on Mabul island is the ...

Jul 8, 2014

Narita airport shopping mall remodeled

New stores and eateries opened Tuesday at Narita International Airport, signaling the end to renovations of the shopping area at Terminal 1. According to Narita International Airport Corp., the airport’s operating company, the large-scale refurbishment that started in early March was aimed at “bringing ...

Hit TV show 'Game of Thrones' puts Northern Ireland on the map

Jul 1, 2014

Hit TV show 'Game of Thrones' puts Northern Ireland on the map

Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland’s folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version — on the sets for the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” But rather than spells and destruction, they’re bringing ...

Rome's Trevi Fountain gets face-lift

Jul 1, 2014

Rome's Trevi Fountain gets face-lift

Rome unveiled the most drastic face-lift for the Trevi Fountain in its 252-year history on Monday, the latest in a series of privately funded restorations to Italy’s prized landmarks. The stone rendering of Tritons guiding the shell chariot of water god Oceanus will be ...

Space tour balloon passes critical test flight

Jun 26, 2014

Space tour balloon passes critical test flight

An Arizona company has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles (32 kilometers) above the Earth. World View Enterprises of Tucson said it launched the flight last week from Roswell, ...