P.C. Trump Abandons Radical Islamic Terror

May 24, 2017

… taken to heart arguments from inside the administration and from Arab diplomats that Trumps campaign trail language and launching the still-legally-challenged travel ban had done damage to U.S.-Arab relations. If the speech was a win for Kushner, who was the mastermind behind starting the presidents first overseas trip in Saudi Arabia, it came at the expense of other White House forces that have taken a harder line against Islam and pushed Trump to do the same. The speech was reportedly written …

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Lyft taps Delta as a new rewards program for riders

May 18, 2017

Image: ap/rex/shutterstock Lyft is teaming up with Delta Air Lines to offer you more reason to hail a ride. SEE ALSO: Check the numbers, it’s true: People really like Lyft over Uber, even before #DeleteUber Starting Wednesday, Lyft users can earn SkyMiles (Delta’s airline miles program) for every ride they take. For a limited time, users can earn extra miles when they travel to and from an airport no matter which airline they’re taking. Lyft users will earn one mile per …

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Since when are laptops on planes such a threat?

May 13, 2017

… ALSO: What to bring on a plane if your laptop is banned Laptops have been a key feature of international travel for years, with passengers in both business and economy classes tapping away on long flights to get work done or pass the time. As the administration of Donald Trump considers forcing certain travelers to check laptops into cargo holds, thus risking cracked screens and possible fires, it is reasonable to ask what’s changed and if this is anything more than security theater. …

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Pandora — The World of Avatar and 10 other hot theme parks of the future

May 12, 2017

… were just recently opened that are empty. Fantawild Qingdao, for instance, was the emptiest place I ever found in China, with more staff than visitors. “But the Chinese have embraced Shanghai Disneyland and I’m sure they’ll embrace this one too. Let’s not forget, there are still visa headaches for mainland Chinese wanting to travel internationally, and when you look at the numbers it’s evident that world-class entertainment facilities on their own soil will prove a …

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Report: DHS electronics ban will now include flights from Europe

May 11, 2017

… briefing senators about “domestic threats” and that includes air travel issues, Reuters reported. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe. 2/2 David Lapan (@SpoxDHS) May 10, 2017 A DHS statement said the ban was “under consideration” and a decision would be based on possible threats to safety. The agency “will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe,” according to …

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The World: a floating city of millionaires

May 9, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Stepping onto The World feels like boarding a 21st-century Titanic. Sitting majestically in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, this gleaming 644 feet-long white vessel is the largest, and probably most exclusive, “residential yacht” on earth. Home to the world’s only full-sized at-sea tennis court, a 7,000-square foot spa and fitness center, and 12,000-bottle wine collection, this ship has visited 1,213 ports and sailed 641,000 nautical miles. …

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The State Department wants visa applicants to hand over their social media handles

May 5, 2017

… email addresses they’ve used over the past five years, and they’d need to provide the U.S. government with information about their lives that covers the previous 15 years. President Donald Trump has talked up “extreme vetting” of immigrants and visitors to the U.S., and has previously targeted several Muslim-majority nations with travel bans and restrictions. The Trump administration no longer allows passengers to use their own laptops on flights headed for the U.S. that …

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Tainted love: Bob Thissen finds beauty in derelict Japanese love hotels

May 4, 2017

(CNN)In one photo, a dusty chandelier hangs from the ceiling above a large circular mattress framed by a mirrored headboard. In another, an abandoned suit of armor stands guard over a chariot bed adorned with stained pillows. Signs of decay, from the scattered debris of a collapsing roof to water stained walls, are everywhere. Yet the images — all taken in the rooms of an abandoned Japanese sex hotel by Dutch photographer Bob Thissen — seem oddly serene, like staged monuments …

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US State Department issues travel alert for Europe

May 2, 2017

(CNN)The US State Department has issued a travel warning for its citizens going to Europe, citing the continued threat of terror attacks. The warning mentioned recent attacks in France — which heads to the polls next week to choose a new president — Russia, Sweden and the UK, noting that extremists tend to focus on tourist hot spots. A US official told CNN in February that the terror threat in Europe was as high as it’s ever been. …

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IBM wants future delivery drones to pass off your packages in mid-air

April 28, 2017

Just imagine, and entire relay network of package-carrying drones.Image: Claude Paris/AP/REX/Shutterstock If Amazon has its way, the skies could soon be buzzing with drones, carrying our online purchases directly to our doors. But today’s drones can only travel so far so what happens when you live out of range of a distribution hub? On Wednesday, IBM Research announced a patent that might someday allow delivery drones to pass off packages to one another mid-flight to create a relay …

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This Is What The New National Teacher Of The Year Wants To Tell Trump

April 21, 2017

Please invite teachers in and talk to them when making policy decisions, Chaffee says she will tell Trump. Im hopeful thats something I would be able to say to him and that he would take me up on it. Chaffee was honored by the Council of Chief State School Officers after a rigorous application process. For the next year, she will travel the nation meeting with teachers and education groups, acting as a spokeswoman and advocate for the profession. In November, when Trump was elected …

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United booted an engaged couple headed to their wedding in Costa Rica

April 18, 2017

Are you really that surprised?Image: spencer platt/Getty Images At this point, it’d be more shocking to read a positive headline about United Airlines. A bride and groom heading to Costa Rica for their wedding were kicked off a United flight out of Houston this weekend, KHOU-TV first reported. The couple said they simply moved into other economy-class seats after finding a passenger sleeping in their assigned row. United said the betrothed were sitting in upgraded seating they …

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When this man tried to fly with his mobility device, United made him cry

April 16, 2017

… difficult. Based on Harris’ account he had done his research and homework to make sure the TSA and United would let him travel with the device. It seemed like everything was set for him and his new husband to saunter onto the plane where they’d splurged on first-class seats since it was their honeymoon. After making it through security without a hitch, it appears a typo and unreasonable staff threw a wrench in his travel plans. A note about his call into the airline about the …

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Adventurer ignores ex-boyfriend’s warning and takes awesome solo global motorcycle journey

April 15, 2017

… enough, you can make it happen. Puerto Vallarta Mexico! #motorcycle #alaskamotogirl #nikkimisurellj #inspire #adventure #travel #explore #dream #lovelife #happy #lifeisgood #smile #beach #sunshine A post shared by Nikki Misurelli (@alaskamotogirl) on Jan 21, 2016 at 4:52pm PST Next on the agenda for Misurelli is period of work somewhere in America or Australia, but hopes to be back on the road within six months, ideally in the Middle East or North Africa. You can keep up with Moto …

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to return to Sierra Leone – BBC News

April 12, 2017

… allowed to travel around it last time.” She will also meet other Ebola survivors, but said that apart from having the virus, “what we went through was very different”. “I had massive support from family and friends and could get medical and psychological support. “The Ebola patients in Sierra Leone didn’t know what they were going home to, or who was left alive in their family. They might be going back to sheer hell.” Image copyright Scotsman Image …

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How mahjong is changing with the times in Hong Kong

April 10, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)“The setting sun’s endlessly endearing, but the light of day is disappearing,” says Ho Sau Mei, one of Hong Kong’s last mahjong tile carvers. The 59-year-old quotes a Chinese saying, to express a mix of sorrow and joy as she watches her industry fade. In the 1960s, there were more than 20 mahjong tile carvers — and even an association dedicated to the industry. …

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7 of Europe’s most beautiful villages — from England to Greece

April 10, 2017

(CNN)The notion of postcard-perfect villages steeped in Old World charm has inspired centuries of travelers to fan out across Europe, seeking its secluded hamlets. As a result, the continent’s scenic spots rarely remain hidden for long. It doesn’t take much to make a charming village feel uncomfortably popular. Consider the five fishing villages that make up Italy’s Cinque Terre, where an evening summertime stroll often feels like shuffling through a packed amusement park, …

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Twitter is, once again, revamping its developer relations

April 7, 2017

… United, the airline now famous for not allowing 10-year-old girls to wear leggings, said Twitter’s new tool for customer engagement is helpful for them. Twitter is a place where our customers engage with us 24/7 about a variety of aspects of travel. The new features that Twitter released have enabled us to create real-time engagements with customers to offer an array of services, from discovering where to go on their next trip, to answering common travel questions faster and easier,” …

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Brexit vote a ‘bad decision’, says Irish minister – BBC News

April 7, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit will be painful for Britain Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan Voting to leave the European Union was a “bad decision” for the UK, the Irish foreign minister has said. Charlie Flanagan said Brexit could be “painful” for the UK and his country, which he added should not be “placed in a position of more disadvantage”. He also urged negotiators to keep the Common travel Area between …

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Going to Ecuador? 11 things travelers should know first

April 5, 2017

(CNN)When people think Ecuador they think the Galapagos and while those enchanted islands are incredible there’s a lot more to this Andean country. 1. ‘Middle’ monument is in the wrong place Ecuador is named after the equator that runs through the country. One of the must-do tourist attractions is to stand astride the line that marks the middle of the world — just make sure you pick the right spot. …

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Photos of the Rhine River from a ‘fish-eye’ view

April 5, 2017

(CNN)You might say photographers Aude Boissaye and Sebastien Rand enjoy a river connection. As children growing up in eastern France near the Rhine, they learned to respect the river’s power and beauty. Decades later, they met for the first time near the River Seine — not far from where Claude Monet painted his iconic “Water Lilies.” The two hit it off, and it wasn’t long before they turned their mutual passion for photography into a partnership. …

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Congress didn’t just make your data less safe it has put national security at risk

April 4, 2017

Image: Shutterstock With last weeks privacy vote, hackers now know where to learn a Senators darkest secrets or how to uncover U.S. military personnel travel plans, among other things. Lets say a three-star general and career intelligence officer books a trip online from Dulles to OHare for a 3-day conference. She scans her inbox and spots an email with the subject line: Review the itinerary for your upcoming trip to Chicago! After skimming the body of the email, she double-clicks the …

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The end of the line for American long-distance trains?

April 2, 2017

(CNN)The railroads that once helped build the United States today still carry thousands of people across the country on journeys of business, discovery and pleasure. In March, President Donald Trump proposed a national budget that would terminate federal support for Amtrak’s long-distance train routes. The above gallery takes a look at one of the services under threat as it hauls its passengers on a typical journey through wide screen American landscapes. …

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Souks, sea and surf: Riding giants in Morocco

March 29, 2017

… For decades, fish has been big business in Essaouira, the charming, former Portuguese settlement on the west coast of Morocco. Tasting the ‘fruits of the sea’ As stocks have depleted, however, the locals have started to shift their focus to more lucrative industries. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Morocco guide: 10 things to know before you go The Atlas Mountains: Morocco’s hidden travel gem 10 street foods to try in Morocco More …

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