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  • The best time to book Thanksgiving travel starts today, according to Expedia data

    29 Aug,BELLEVUE, WASH. – Summer still isn’t over, but Expedia.com flight data shows that getting an early start on planning holiday travel can yield significant savings. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the busiest travel periods each year, and in 2016, Expedia data revealed more than 85 percent of holiday travelers missed out on locking in the lowest fares. “Timing is a big factor in getting a good deal on airfare,” says Sarah Gavin, vice president of global communications for Expedia. “People typically know...

    Canadian pastor escaped execution due to foreign citizenship: CBC

    28 Aug,TORONTO: A Canadian pastor whom North Korea released this month after two years of imprisonment escaped execution and torture during his captivity because of his nationality, he told CBC News in his first interview since his return. Hyeon Soo Lim, the pastor from Toronto, said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he was never harmed and that he would not hesitate to go back to North Korea if the country allowed him. A transcript of the interview was...

    Korean peninsula crisis to trim Chinese airline profits

    August 28,SHANGHAI: Beijing’s curbs on travel to South Korea are expected to take some shine off the first-half results of China’s top-three airlines, which have slashed seat numbers on flights between the countries amid tensions over North Korea. Air China (601111.SS), China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) and China Southern Airlines (600029.SS) are expected to report higher earnings this week on the back of foreign exchange gains, but cuts on lucrative routes to South Korea could crimp yields.   Data compiled by...

    Qatar Airways’ new interline partnership takes off with Vistara

    25 Aug DOHA, QATAR – Qatar Airways has entered into a new interline partnership with growing, full-service Indian airline Vistara, as the Qatari national carrier marks more than 20 successful years of flights to India. The new interline agreement taking effect from 22 August, 2017 will allow Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel seamlessly to and from a wide range of cities within India across Vistara’s network, via Qatar Airways’ existing 13 Indian gateways and under a single ticket with QR’s generous baggage...

    U.S. News & World Report reveals the 2017-18 best romantic getaways

    25 Aug,WASHINGTON – U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hotels and Best Cruise Lines, released its rankings of the Best Romantic Getaways. The annual rankings highlight 12 destinations across the United States that are ideal for romantic getaways. Napa Valley, California, with its rolling vineyards, cozy wine caverns and luxurious hotels, takes the No. 1 spot on the list of Best Romantic Getaways. With its laid-back beaches, mountains and rainforests, Kauai, the No. 2 destination, offers travelers...

    Qatar restores diplomatic ties to Iran amid regional crisis

    August 24, 2017,DUBAI: Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early Thursday, disregarding the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with the energy-rich country that it lessen its ties to Tehran. In announcing its decision, Qatar did not mention the diplomatic crisis roiling Gulf Arab nations since June, when Qatar found its land, sea and air routes cut off by its neighbors over Doha’s policies across the Mideast. However, the move comes just days after Saudi...

    The secret world of Granada’s Alhambra palace

    By Mike MacEacheran 23 August 2017 Every late Friday afternoon, in a dimly lit workshop at the intersection of Leopoldstrasse and Olympiastrasse in Innsbruck, Austria, a small group of artisans gather to conduct a rather peculiar ceremony. Bowed solemnly in prayer and lead by a plainclothes vicar, they murmur the Lord’s Prayer in hushed tones. Below them, half concealed in shadowy light, embers fizz from a 6m-deep pit, while the sermon reaches its climax. But this is no place...

    Leicester’s Vardy fit to face Sheffield, says Shakespeare

    Vardy was substituted in the closing stages of last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League. Shakespeare said the 30-year-old trained on Monday and will feature against the Championship side. “Jamie trained this morning okay,” Shakespeare told the club’s website on Monday (www.lcfc.com). “He was a bit sore yesterday, but he was okay to train today. “He is okay and will be involved tomorrow. At what length, we will have to wait and see....

    Deuba to meet Modi among other Indian leaders on August 24

    Kathmandu, August 21 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday has published the schedule of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s state visit to India beginning on Wednesday. The Ministry says Deuba will land in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 24, and stay at the Rashtrapati Bhawan as the state guest. Other programmes during the visit include: August 24 Attend The Ceremonial Reception And Inspect A Guard Of Honour At The Rashtrapati Bhawan Pay Homage To Mahatma Gandhi At Rajghat...

    Taylor Swift left ‘a blank space, baby’ on social media

    20 August  EW YORK: Taylor Swift had a “blank space, baby” across social media Friday — and Swifties went wild. There was no immediate word from the Swift camp on what happened, but the “Blank Space” pop star is known for promotional trickery on her social streams ahead of major music drops.   In addition to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, her website went dark and the hashtag “TS6IsComing” — as in her sixth studio album — trended worldwide. Her...

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