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Iraq: your next holiday destination?

 
The word “Iraq” generally evokes images of al Qaeda, terrorism, sectarian strife, and so on. But what if there was another face of Iraq to explore? Our Observer is trying to prove exactly that. He believes that certain areas of the country that used to be tourist hotspots could relive their glory days. Read more…
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Venice residents versus the giant cruise ships

Venice: its canals, its gondolas, its historic buildings… and, looming over all this (quite literally), its giant cruise ships. Several of these behemoths pass through Venice every day, eliciting the ire of many local residents, including our Observer. Read more…

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“Lhasa's Tibetans will soon be nothing but decorations for tourists”

 
Lhasa, the ancient city at the heart of Tibetan culture, contains several sacred sites that have been visited by Buddhists for centuries. But the city’s face is changing as Chinese presence in the area grows, giving way to mass tourism and large shopping districts. Read more...
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Volunteers face gargantuan task of cleaning New Zealand’s oil-soaked beaches

 
New Zealand’s government is calling it the country’s “most significant maritime environmental disaster” ever. A massive oil spill off New Zealand’s North Island has got hundreds of volunteers scrambling to limit the damage to beaches. Read more…
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Chernobyl: radioactive jungle...and new tourist hot spot

 
Nearly a quarter of a century has passed since the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. The ill-fated power plant lies abandoned in a jungle of overgrown weeds and forest, like an apocalyptic sci-fi movie set. Yet the site of the world’s biggest nuclear catastrophe is attracting a growing number of tourists. Read more…
 
 
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“Fried worm is not real Chinese food!”

 
Foreigners who travel to China often come back with grizzly tales of the weird and wonderful things they had to eat there: silk worms, dried seahorses or even sheep penises. But our Chinese Observer say most locals would never put such things in their mouths. Read more…
 
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Pimp my rice (paddy)

Every year, more than 1.5 million hectares of rice fields are cultivated in Japan. But in Inadakate, the paddy fields are extra special. Find out more...

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Where French kissing and wearing a thong can land you in prison

A British woman was deported from Dubai on Friday for allegedly kissing a man on the mouth in public - a harsh reminder to the two million expats living in Dubai that a kiss can land them in prison. Read more...

Amateur images of Cannes and Nice seafronts destroyed by freak weather

Waves reaching six to ten metres high hit the Côte d’Azur in southern France on Tuesday. The Cannes coastline and the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice were submerged during the ordeal, leaving some 15 seafront restaurants destroyed. See amateur images of the catastrophe...

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