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Sri Lanka gives booster shots to front-line workers, seniors

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka on Saturday announced plans to offer booster shots to front-line workers followed by the elderly as the island nation gears up to further ease COVID-19 restrictions...

Taiwan signs 7 MOUs with Slovakia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan signed seven Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) after a delegation headed by National Development Council (NDC) Minister Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫) arrived in the Centra...

Taiwan Railways Administration's iconic blue trains back in service

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) vintage "blue-painted" trains resumed operations Saturday (Oct. 23). Nicknamed the “anxiety-relief"...

COVID takes a bite from Bazoulé’s cult of sacred crocodiles

BAZOULÉ, Burkina Faso (RNS) — The small live chicken, offered as a lure to get the crocodile to come out of the lake, barely convinced the massive male reptile to the water’s edge. The croc, himself t...

North Dakota seeks new deal with Josh Duhamel as pitchman

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is working to extend its contract with Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel to promote tourism in his home state. Among the least-visited states in the na...

Russia's infections, deaths soar to new record high

MOSCOW (AP) — Coronavirus infections and deaths in Russia climbed on Friday to another pandemic record high, putting an additional strain on the country's health care system. The gov...

Russia flies home bodies of 4 tourists who died in Albania

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The bodies of four Russian tourists who were found dead at a beach resort in western Albania last week have been flown home, the Russian Embassy in Tirana said on Friday. ...

Thailand easing tourist quarantine rules in November

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is accelerating plans to reopen the country to foreign tourists, slashing mandatory quarantines beginning Nov. 1 for fully vaccinated visitors arriving by air from 46 countries...

Thailand to allow quarantine-free travel from 46 countries, PM says

BANGKOK, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Thailand will let vaccinated visitors from 46 countries forgo COVID-19 quarantine from next month, up from 10 previously announced, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on...

Israel poised to welcome foreign tourists back to country

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders on Thursday recommended reopening the country to fully vaccinated tourists beginning on Nov. 1, a year and a half after closing its borders to most foreign visitors du...

La Palma: Hundreds more evacuate to flee volcano lava

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of people were evacuated during the night on the Spanish island of La Palma as a river of molten rock crept deeper into a coastal town during a protracted volcanic eruption, aut...

Taiwan’s Kinmen Ocean Art Festival to begin on Saturday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The opening ceremony for the Kinmen Ocean Art Festival will take place on Saturday (Oct. 23), with 10 installations that redefine Kinmen’s culture, the Kinmen County...

Palau allows entry for travelers from Taiwan with just one COVID-19 dose

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Palau announced Thursday (Oct. 21) that visitors from Taiwan will be allowed entry despite having only received one COVID-19 shot. Travelers from Taiwan, including Taiw...

Grand Teton joins Yellowstone in breaking tourism records

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Just nine months into 2021, Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park already has had its busiest year on record. The park joins nearby Yellowstone in setting visitation...

Maldives minister: Failure to limit warming a death sentence

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A failure to limit global warming could mean a “death sentence” for small island nations like the Maldives, including the end of their livelihoods and cultures, the country’s...