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 ·
U.S. boosts missile defense in the Pacific

U.S. boosts missile defense in the Pacific

North Korea warns of nuclear strike on U.S. targets By Jung Ha-Won SEOUL, April 4, 2013 (AFP) – The United States has scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defenses as North Korea pushed more global alarm buttons Thursday by announcing it had authorized plans for possible nuclear strikes on U.S. targets. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck […]

06.04.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
N. Korea declares ‘state of war’ with South

N. Korea declares ‘state of war’ with South

By Lim Chang-Won SEOUL, March 30, 2013 (AFP) – North Korea on Saturday declared it was in a “state of war” with South Korea and warned Seoul and Washington that any provocation would swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear conflict. The United States said it took the announcement “seriously”, but noted it followed a familiar […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
India celebrates the festival of colours

India celebrates the festival of colours

(NEW DELHI-AFP) – From soldiers in the north to teenagers in the south, Indians of all hues threw water-filled balloons and smeared coloured powder on each other to celebrate the festival of Holi on Wednesday. The revelry began in the early hours with children engaging in water fights, using plastic guns and balloons to splash […]

27.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Men in White: Pope meets predecessor

Men in White: Pope meets predecessor

By Dario THUBURN, Vincenzo PINTO CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, March 23, 2013 (AFP) – Pope Francis flew in to a papal residence near Rome on Saturday for a meeting with “pope emeritus” Benedict XVI – an unprecedented encounter in the history of the Catholic Church. Both men were in the white vestments reserved for popes as […]

27.03.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
The Philippines: Asia’s New Emerging Tiger

The Philippines: Asia’s New Emerging Tiger

The Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles and The Philippine Trade and Investment Center of Los Angeles in cooperation with the Council on Trade and Investment for Filipino-Americans (COTIFA) and Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County will be hosting a private-led investment roadshow in the United States on April 23, 2013. The roadshow titled […]

26.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News, U.S. News, World News ·
World landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

World landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and the Kremlin — along with a slew of other landmarks around the world — went dark Saturday to draw attention to climate change. In a symbolic show of support for the planet, people across the continents switched off their lights for 60 minutes — […]

24.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Dublin a sea of green for St Patrick’s Day

Dublin a sea of green for St Patrick’s Day

(DUBLIN-AFP) – The luck of the Irish failed to change the miserable weather — but it didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of thousands of shamrock-wearing revellers who celebrated St Patrick’s Day on the wet streets of Dublin on Sunday. Dublin was awash with green as locals and tourists turned out to the watch a […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, World News ·
Health and fitness agenda: IHRSA Convention

Health and fitness agenda: IHRSA Convention

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, Las Vegas welcomes thousands of fitness fans to the annual International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association convention, one of the largest of its kind. Also Paris hosts the Body Fitness Form’expo. IHRSA Convention March 19-22 Las Vegas, California, USA A rival to the IDEA World Fitness Convention and FIBO, the International […]

11.03.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
The world celebrates women for International Women’s Day

The world celebrates women for International Women’s Day

(Relaxnews) – March 8 marks the 102nd anniversary of International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Thousands of events will be held around the world to mark the occasion, including talks, discussions, exhibitions, workshops and a range of local events. To celebrate, CARE […]

05.03.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Videos, World News ·
Marvel and Cartoon Network theme park to open in Dubai in December

Marvel and Cartoon Network theme park to open in Dubai in December

(Relaxnews) – After months of delays, developers for a Marvel Comics theme park in Dubai have announced that the indoor entertainment center that was originally scheduled to open in June will open in December, reports Arabian Business. The 111,485 square meter park will consist of four themed zones, two of which have already been announced: […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, World News ·
Pope to quit Twitter after stepping down: Vatican Radio

Pope to quit Twitter after stepping down: Vatican Radio

(VATICAN CITY-AFP) – The pope’s official Twitter account, which has more than two million followers in nine languages, will close next week when Benedict XVI leaves office, Vatican Radio said Friday. After a high-profile launch on December 12 under the name @pontifex, the pontiff’s online musings quickly attracted over 1.5 million followers in English. Around […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Online, World News ·
Athletics: 101-year-old marathon runner shines at last race

Athletics: 101-year-old marathon runner shines at last race

(HONG KONG-AFP) – A 101-year-old Sikh believed to be the world’s oldest distance runner retired Sunday after ending his last race in Hong Kong on a high, describing it as one of the “happiest days” of his long life. Fauja Singh, nicknamed the “Turbaned Tornado”, finished the 10-kilometre (6 mile) run at the Hong Kong […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Offbeat, World News ·
What to expect from the Mobile World Congress

What to expect from the Mobile World Congress

(Relaxnews) – Monday marks the start of this year’s Mobile World Congress. Hosted in Barcelona it has quickly established itself as the key event in the smartphone calendar. Over the course of the four-day event, over 1500 exhibitors, from Nokia and Samsung to LG, HTC and Sony will take it in turns to upstage each […]

24.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology, Videos, World News ·
Builder of London’s Shard to construct world’s tallest tower in Saudi Arabia

Builder of London’s Shard to construct world’s tallest tower in Saudi Arabia

(Relaxnews) – Mace, the firm behind London’s now famous Shard, will, in a joint venture with construction company EC Harris, build the world’s tallest skyscraper in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Plans for the tower, known as the Kingdom Tower, were announced 18 months ago, but Mace, the builders of the Shard and construction company EC Harris […]

21.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
UN urges deeper probe into hormone-disrupting chemicals

UN urges deeper probe into hormone-disrupting chemicals

(NAIROBI-AFP) – Scientists suspect chemicals which disrupt the hormone system are linked to early breast development, poor semen quality, low birthweight in babies and other problems, but more research is needed, UN agencies reported on Wednesday. The UN Environmeant Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organisation (WHO) said evidence is mounting that so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
Qatar to open new 30-mln-passenger airport in April

Qatar to open new 30-mln-passenger airport in April

(DOHA-AFP) – Energy-rich Qatar will open on April 1 a new airport with a capacity to handle 30 million passengers, as the Gulf state vies to increase its share of transit air travel, an official said Monday. “The annual capacity of Hamad International Airport will be 30 million passengers when it opens on April 1,” […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·