New Zealand clamps down on ‘legal’ highs

New Zealand clamps down on ‘legal’ highs

(WELLINGTON-AFP) – New Zealand introduced a new law on Thursday which bans the use of drugs offering so-called “legal” highs unless manufacturers can provide clinical evidence that they are safe. The law imposes strict controls on products such as synthetic cannabis and legal “party pills”, which mimic the effects of drugs like ecstasy without using […]

19.07.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
Olympics: Buenos Aires to host 2018 Youth Olympics

Olympics: Buenos Aires to host 2018 Youth Olympics

(LAUSANNE-AFP) – Buenos Aires won the right to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games after a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday. The Argentinian capital – which will also host the prestigious IOC Session in September where a new president and the 2020 Summer Games host will […]

06.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation, World News ·
Romantic Venetian reputation tarnished by drunken gondoliers

Romantic Venetian reputation tarnished by drunken gondoliers

(Relaxnews) – You could call it a case of drinking and paddling. Venetian gondoliers may have to take breathalyzer tests after the city received a series of complaints about their unruly, drunken behavior, including a booze-fueled incident in which a man stripped naked and jumped into the Grand Canal. The move is being proposed by […]

06.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Treaty to be signed giving blind better access to books

Treaty to be signed giving blind better access to books

(RABAT-AFP) – A long-awaited international treaty that would give hundreds of millions of blind and visually impaired people better access to books is to be signed Thursday, according to the organisers of a conference in Morocco. Hundreds of delegates from the World Intellectual Property Organization’s 186 member countries gathered in the central city of Marrakesh […]

27.06.2013 · Filled under: Books, Health & Fitness, International Stars, World News ·
World cities improving energy efficiency: report

World cities improving energy efficiency: report

(LONDON-AFP) – Some of the world’s largest cities are improving their energy efficiency, a report said Thursday, while nations struggle to forge a global response to climate change. Cities are taking action to reduce their carbon emissions and better manage their water strategy, said a report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which runs a […]

20.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
Moscow to transform eyesore into $300 million park

Moscow to transform eyesore into $300 million park

(MOSCOW-AFP) – A vast wasteland close to St Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square that once housed a giant Soviet hotel is set to become a landscaped park, Moscow officials said Tuesday as they revealed details of a 10 billion-ruble ($312 million) regeneration plan. Hidden behind hoardings, the desolate expanse of bushes, tangled metal and concrete […]

19.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
World Tourism Day 2013 asks travelers to reduce water footprint

World Tourism Day 2013 asks travelers to reduce water footprint

(Relaxnews) – From wearing water-resistant sunblock to taking a shower instead of a bath, travelers will be reminded to be responsible consumers in the wake of a water scarcity crisis that threatens parts of the world for World Tourism Day. For  the 2013 edition of the United Nation’s World Tourism Day, both the tourism  industry and […]

09.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
Miss World axes bikinis for Muslim Indonesia

Miss World axes bikinis for Muslim Indonesia

(JAKARTA-AFP) – Contestants at this year’s Miss World beauty pageant will not wear bikinis in the parade in a bid to avoid causing offence in Muslim-majority Indonesia, organisers confirmed Wednesday. The 137 women taking part in the September contest will swap bikinis for more conservative attire, such as traditional sarongs, for the beach fashion section. […]

06.06.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, World News ·
‘World’s oldest’ Torah scroll found in Italian archive

‘World’s oldest’ Torah scroll found in Italian archive

(ROME-AFP) – The world’s oldest complete Torah scroll has been found in a university archive in Bologna, according to an Italian professor who said the text could be from the 12th century. The precious lambskin scroll had been classified by the university library as being from the 17th century and was named simply “Scroll Number […]

02.06.2013 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, World News ·
WHO urges global ban on all tobacco marketing

WHO urges global ban on all tobacco marketing

(GENEVA-AFP) – Governments worldwide must ban all forms of tobacco marketing, not just billboards and TV ads, as companies find new ways to tap the market, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Douglas Bettcher, head of the WHO’s non-communicable disease division, said tougher measures were needed to rein in tobacco use, which claims six million […]

31.05.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
Paris police boost efforts to protect tourists

Paris police boost efforts to protect tourists

(PARIS-AFP) – Paris police said Wednesday they would deploy more officers to protect tourists against pickpockets and launch an awareness campaign to fight fake charity organisations targeting visitors. The efforts come in the wake of several incidents that have tarnished the image of Paris — the world’s most visited city — including the brief closing […]

15.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Medieval crown jewels on display at Prague castle

Medieval crown jewels on display at Prague castle

(PRAGUE-AFP) – The Czech crown jewels went on show at Prague castle Friday, in a rare public display for the 700-year-old items that are pulled out only on special occasions. The medieval works of art consist of a gold crown decorated with 96 precious stones including rubies and sapphires, along with a sceptre, royal orb […]

11.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Japan’s Mt Fuji to get World Heritage stamp: officials

Japan’s Mt Fuji to get World Heritage stamp: officials

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan’s Mount Fuji will likely be added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites next month after an influential advisory panel to the UN cultural body made a recommendation, officials said Wednesday. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a consultative body to UNESCO, told the Japanese government that the almost […]

01.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
London Marathon to raise $100,000 for Boston victims

London Marathon to raise $100,000 for Boston victims

(LONDON-AFP) – London Marathon organisers announced on Thursday that they will donate £2 ($3, 2.30 euros) for every finisher in Sunday’s race to a fund for victims of the bomb attacks in Boston. The One Fund Boston was set up to help people affected by the twin bombings that killed three people and injured over […]

20.04.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, World News ·
N. Korea border crossing shut to tourists: China official

N. Korea border crossing shut to tourists: China official

(DANDONG, China-AFP) – The biggest border crossing between North Korea and China has been closed to tourist groups, a Chinese official said Wednesday as nuclear tensions mounted, but business travel was still allowed. “Travel agencies are not allowed to take tourist groups to go there, since the North Korean government is now asking foreign people […]

10.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Swiss Kempinski ditches N.Korea ‘Hotel of Doom’ project

Swiss Kempinski ditches N.Korea ‘Hotel of Doom’ project

(GENEVA-AFP) – The Swiss luxury hotel chain Kempinski said on Tuesday that it was dropping plans to open a huge pyramid-shaped hotel that has stood half-built for decades in North Korea amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. “Kempinski Hotels confirms that KEY International, its joint venture partner in China with Beijing Tourism Group (BTG), […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Cruise ship to be christened by Duchess of Cambridge

Cruise ship to be christened by Duchess of Cambridge

(Relaxnews) – The Duchess of Cambridge has been tapped to baptize a new cruise ship which will set sail this summer featuring a glass-bottomed walkway that will extend beyond the edge of the ship. Princess Cruises has announced that in the British ship-naming tradition, Kate Middleton, as the ship’s ‘godmother,’ will christen the latest addition to its […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, World News ·
Thatcher also triggered cultural revolution

Thatcher also triggered cultural revolution

(LONDON-AFP) – As well as overhauling Britain’s economy, Margaret Thatcher triggered a cultural revolution here by igniting a creative burst of anger at her policies, including slashing arts funding. The former premier “had a phenomenal impact on the cultural landscape of Britain by creating an ideological backlash,” said David Khabaz of the London School of […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Art, Books, World News ·
Twitter index: former UK Prime Minister Thatcher dies

Twitter index: former UK Prime Minister Thatcher dies

(Relaxnews) – The former Prime Minister of the UK Margaret Thatcher has died, causing discussion on Twitter on Monday, April 8. Baroness Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first, and to date only, female Prime Minister. A member of the UK’s Conservative Party, Thatcher held the post from 1975-1990. Thatcher’s tenure as Prime Minister was polarizing, marked by her […]

08.04.2013 · Filled under: Online, World News ·