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12 dead in Mexico tourist hubs

Twelve people have been shot dead in two of Mexico’s top tourist spots, authorities said, in two states that have been hard hit in the country’s spiral of drug-related violence. In Mazatlan, one of Mexico’s busiest international tourism hubs, gunmen killed five people in a vehicle outside a liquor store.…

New York plans to drive street musicians out of Central Park

NEW YORK — Few instruments can be gentler than the harp, but authorities in New York’s Central Park have branded street musicians like harpist Meta Epstein a public disturbance and want them driven out. A new campaign to enforce eight “quiet zones,” including in some of the city’s most hallowed…

Jurors vote to acquit alleged Cuban terrorist

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Texas jury on Friday acquitted an 83-year-old anti-Castro Cuban exile and former CIA operative, considered an archfoe by Havana, of charges he lied to U.S. authorities about his role in bomb attacks against tourist areas in Cuba in 1997. Attorneys said the federal jury deliberated for…

Floods hit Australian tourism

BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) – Brisbane is a travel hub for tourists and the gateway to the pristine beaches, rugged outback, tropical rainforests and Great Barrier Reef of Australia’s famed ‘Sunshine State’. But the floodwaters that surged through the city last week, depositing tonnes of putrid mud and debris, have shut…

Anti-Castro militant goes on trial in Texas

A former CIA operative sought by Cuba and Venezuela for bombings of tourist hotels and the downing of a Cuban airliner went on trial here Monday on charges of fraud and perjury. Luis Posada Carriles, 82, is accused of lying to US immigration agents about his arrival in the United…

14 decapitated bodies discovered in Mexico tourist city: report

MEXICO CITY – Fifteen bodies, all but one of them decapitated, were found early on Saturday in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, local media reported. The victims, all male, were discovered at dawn near a shopping mall along with several, threatening hand-written messages that are typically left as a…

Eiffel Tower bomb threat a false alarm: police

The area under Paris’ Eiffel Tower has been opened up to tourists again after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat and police combed through the famous monument looking for suspicious objects. France’s BFM television and other French media reported that police found nothing suspicious at the tower, which…

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