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Paris steps up fines against homeowners over illegal rentals

Paris steps up fines against homeowners over illegal rentals

A city official said 111 fines had been issued for an average of around 12,000 against people improperly renting out a secondary residence.

Search for survivors after Indonesia earthquake kills 98

Search for survivors after Indonesia earthquake kills 98

Rescuers used diggers and heavy machinery to clear debris and search for survivors on Monday after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 98 people on Indonesia's resort island of Lombok.

For Paris pedestrians, life turns into 'dodgeball'

For Paris pedestrians, life turns into 'dodgeball'

A walk beside the Seine or down the broad sidewalks of the Champs-Elysees can involve dodging an onslaught of commuters zipping along at speeds of up to 28 kph.

Eiffel Tower shut in dispute over 'monstrous' queues

Eiffel Tower shut in dispute over 'monstrous' queues

Access to the monument, which welcomed more than six million visitors last year, was blocked from 1400 GMT.

Tajikistan to create 'tourist police' after attack kills four

Tajikistan to create 'tourist police' after attack kills four

The move is a response to the attack by an armed gang on a group of seven foreign cyclists on Sunday.

Killers of tourists in Tajikistan 'pledge allegiance' in IS video

Killers of tourists in Tajikistan 'pledge allegiance' in IS video

An armed gang attacked a group of seven foreign cyclists, killing four and injuring two, on a popular biking route in the south of the impoverished ex-Soviet nation on Sunday.

Thailand trying to track down crocodile off Phuket island

Thailand trying to track down crocodile off Phuket island

The evasive reptile was first seen near Rawai beach about a week ago but has resurfaced in multiple locations near the beaches on the Andaman Sea.

Minister opens local dates festival at Souq Waqif

Minister opens local dates festival at Souq Waqif

Popular varieties of fresh dates on offer at the annual event.

Cyprus sets new record in tourist arrivals

Cyprus sets new record in tourist arrivals

Tourist arrivals in January-June rose 12.4% to 1.64 million from 1.46 million in the same period last year.

Three more bodies found after Thai tourist boat disaster

Three more bodies found after Thai tourist boat disaster

The boat, the Phoenix, went down off Phuket in high seas on Thursday with 101 people on board, including 89 tourists.

Philippines' Boracay Island closes for six-month clean-up

Philippines' Boracay Island closes for six-month clean-up

A petition was filed at the Supreme Court on Tuesday demanding the island, known for its powdery white-sand beaches and crystal blue waters, stay open.

Storm damages two turrets at India's Taj Mahal

Storm damages two turrets at India's Taj Mahal

Bhuvan Vikrama, the regional head of the Archaeological Survey of India, said the damage was minor and will be repaired soon. Nobody was injured in the incident on Wednesday evening.