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Sri Lanka’s economic crisis dashes hopes for post COVID-19 tourism recovery

GALLE, Sri Lanka, April 22 (Reuters) – With its ancient fort and sandy beaches, the city of Galle on Sri Lanka’s southern coast should be awash with holidaymakers at this time of year. Instead, another power cut has plunged the city into darkness, and the historic quarter lies mostly deserted except for a lone tourist …

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‘Spanish Stonehenge’ emerges from drought-hit dam

CACERES, Spain, Aug 18 (Reuters) – A brutal summer has caused havoc for many in rural Spain, but one unexpected side-effect of the country’s worst drought in decades has delighted archaeologists – the emergence of a prehistoric stone circle in a dam whose waterline has preceded. Officially known as the Dolmen of Guadalperal but dubbed …

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Across the sea from Taiwan, Chinese tourists await island’s ‘return’

PINGTAN, China, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Tourists on the beaches of Pingtan island, China’s closest point to Taiwan island, were treated on Thursday to an unexpected sight: helicopters in formation and smoke trails from projectiles. The display was part of extensive drills of military hardware in six zones around Taiwan, deployed the day after US …

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The high price of a Sri Lankan family’s bid to flee crisis

KUDAMADUWELLA, Sri Lanka, Aug 10 (Reuters) – As anarchy gripped the Sri Lankan city of Colombo in May, Meenu Mekala and Nirosh Ravindra gambled their family’s life savings on a two-week, 4,700-km voyage aboard a rusting trawler with their two young sons. The decision ended in ruin. Meenu, a Buddhist, and Nirosh, a Christian, met …

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Russian tourists in Indonesia without cash as sanctions bite

KUTA, Indonesia, March 9 (Reuters) – When Russian tourist Konstantin Ivanov tried to withdraw money from his home bank account at a cash machine on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, the transaction was blocked. Unprecedented sanctions against Russia’s banks over its invasion of Ukraine are taking a toll on its citizens overseas, who have …

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Portugal cuts golf course irrigation in drought-hit Algarve tourist hub

View of a previously submerged village revealed by low water level in Cabril dam reservoir in Pedrogao Grande, Portugal, July 13, 2022. REUTERS/Rodrigo Antunes Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LISBON, July 22 (Reuters) – Facing an unprecedented drought, Portugal will cut irrigation of golf courses and green spaces in its tourism-dependent …

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Hundreds protest in Baghdad after deadly attack on tourist resort

Victims were visiting summer mountain resort Civilians targeted in ‘brutal Turkish attack’, PM’s office says Turkey denies role, says strike was by ‘terrorists’ BAGHDAD, July 21 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people protested in Baghdad on Thursday after an attack in northern Iraq killed nine people including a newly wed husband and a 1-year-old, a strike …

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Russian gas? Nein danke, says energy self-sufficient German district

BERLIN, July 25 (Reuters) – As Germany scrambles to avert a fuel crisis this winter, one rural district has become a role model for how the country might wean itself off dwindling imports of Russian gas – by producing all the energy that it consumes itself . The western district of Rhein-Hunsrueck uses a combination …

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Dimmed street lights, shorter showers: Germany leads Europe energy savings drive

Berlin pushes for energy savings to have enough gas for winter Some cities are already dimming lights, reducing heating/aircon Still not enough to ensure steady supply if Russia cuts gas BERLIN/AUGSBURG, Germany, July 22 (Reuters) – Summer nights in the wealthy Bavarian city of Augsburg this year are eerily dark and quiet: The facades of …

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