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Overtourism: a growing global problem | View

By Claudio Milano, Joseph M. Cheer, and Marina Novelli The summer holidays are in full swing – and protests against overtourism have begun (yet again) in a number of popular European cities. Overtourism is not a new problem. Barcelona, in particular, is at the centre of these mounting concerns about the rapid growth of tourism […]

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Venezuela’s president links 2 opposition lawmakers to drone attack

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolas Maduro has accused two opposition legislators of having roles in the drone attack that Venezuelan officials have called an assassination attempt on the leader, and his allies are moving against the accused. The head of Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly said he would have the body take up a proposal Wednesday […]

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Italian sisters claim direct heritage to Mona Lisa

Natalia and Irina Strozzi believe they are the direct descendants of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous muse, the woman behind TheMona Lisa. After learning about their connection to the woman, which was then just a family legend, a family friend and historian went on a fact-finding mission to uncover the sisters’ family tree to see […]

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Indonesia quake death toll climbs anew as aid reaches remote areas

BANGSAL, Indonesia — Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after an earthquake killed at least 131 people as rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble. Volunteers and rescue personnel erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake […]

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Trump to hit China with new round of tariffs

The Trump administration has finalized a new round of 25 percent tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports. The tariffs go into effect on Aug. 23.  The new tariffs, the latest in the ongoing trade spat between U.S. and China, target industrial supplies, chemicals, motorcycles, tractors and tractor parts, rail cars, auto parts, […]

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Watch: events mark centenary of decisive WWI Battle of Amiens

Commemorations are taking place in northern France to mark the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, a critical moment in World War One when French and British troops launched a 100-day offensive against German forces that led to the armistice in November 1918. British Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William are due to attend […]

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Elon Musk considering taking Tesla private

Tesla shares jumped after Chief Executive Elon Musk said he’s considering taking the electric car maker private. Shares climbed more than 7 per cent before the Nasdaq suspended trading pending a formal announcement. “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured,” Musk said on Twitter, without disclosing the source of the funding. In a […]

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Firenado forms at Derbyshire factory blaze

Windy conditions caused a tornado-like column of fire to form at a plastics factory in Derbyshire, England. Firefighters attempted to control a blaze at the factory whilst the so-called firenado formed on Monday (August 6). Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service took to Facebook to explain that the fire whirl is formed in a similar way […]

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Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm as new system forms in Atlantic

MEXICO CITY — Hurricane John absorbed Tropical Storm Ileana off Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Tuesday, and a new subtropical storm, Debby, formed in the northern Atlantic, though none were projected to make landfall. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Ileana was vanishing into the larger system of Hurricane John, which already had maximum […]

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What’s driving Saudi Arabia’s rapidly escalating feud with Canada?

Saudi Arabia is hitting back at Canada after Canadian diplomats called on the kingdom to release recently detained women’s rights activists. Saudi Arabia responded to the criticism with an array of sanctions that included suspending flights to Canada, expelling the Canadian ambassador, freezing all business between the two countries and terminating its student exchange program. Alex […]