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Two firefighters, Spanish tourist killed in Paris gas leak blast

Two firefighters, Spanish tourist killed in Paris gas leak blastA powerful gas explosion tore through a building in central Paris on Saturday, killing two firefighters and a Spanish woman, injuring dozens of people and badly damaging nearby apartments, officials said. Around 200 firefighters were mobilised to battle the fire that broke out after the blast and evacuate victims and residents in the area, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene. The explosion came with the city on edge during the latest “yellow vest” anti-government demonstrations, which have often degenerated into violence and vandalism in Paris and other cities in recent weeks.



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Taiwan rebuffs China tourist snub with record 2018 arrivals

Taiwan rebuffs China tourist snub with record 2018 arrivalsA record 11 million tourists have visited Taiwan in 2018, the government said Monday, a boon for the island as it courts holidaymakers across Asia to make up for a shortfall from China. The number of Chinese mainlanders visiting Taiwan has dropped dramatically since the 2016 election of president Tsai Ing-wen who has refused to acknowledge Beijing’s stance that the island is part of “one China”. Beijing still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since the end of a civil war on the mainland in 1949.



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Thai Tourist Among 2 Dead in Strasbourg Christmas Market Attack That Also Injured 12

Thai Tourist Among 2 Dead in Strasbourg Christmas Market Attack That Also Injured 12A French security official said the shooter remains at large



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New Zealand police find body they believe is British tourist

New Zealand police find body they believe is British touristWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police said Sunday they found a body they believe to be that of missing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane.



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New Zealand police: 22-year-old British tourist was murdered

New Zealand police: 22-year-old British tourist was murderedWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police said Saturday that they believe a 22-year-old British tourist who has been missing for a week was murdered, and they will lay charges against a man they detained earlier in the day for questioning.



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New Zealand police hold 'grave fears' for British tourist

New Zealand police hold 'grave fears' for British touristWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The father of a 22-year-old British tourist who has been missing in New Zealand for six days made a tearful plea for help in the case on Friday, but police say they now hold "grave fears" for her safety.



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US tourist killed by reclusive tribe on illegal visit to isolated Indian island

US tourist killed by reclusive tribe on illegal visit to isolated Indian islandAn American tourist has been killed by a remote Indian tribe after he illegally ventured onto their island home. John Allen Chau, 27, was met with a volley of arrows as he set foot on North Sentinel Island, part of the Andaman Islands deep in the Indian Ocean.  Police sources told local media that Mr Chau was a missionary and travelled to the island to convert the Sentinelese tribe to Christianity. But police officer Dependra Pathak disputed this, telling local website News Minute the American "was on a misplaced adventure in (a) prohibited area to meet uncontacted persons".  Mr Pathak said authorities are still consulting with tribal welfare experts to determine how best to retrieve Mr Chau's body. The case has cast a rare spotlight on the Sentinelese tribe, one of the last in the world thought to be untouched by modern civilisation. Mr Chau was killed on November 16 when he paid local fishermen to transport him to the island, according to a police source.  "He was attacked by arrows but he continued walking. The fishermen saw the tribals tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body," the source said. "They were scared and fled but returned next morning to find his body on the seashore." North Sentinel Island locator Indian media reported that the fishermen told a preacher in Port Blair, the main town of the Andamans, about the incident who then contacted Mr Chau's family in America. The US consulate in the southern Indian city of Chennai confirmed that it was aware of the incident and said it was working closely with local authorities.  According to official sources, Mr Chau had a tourist visa to enter the Andaman Islands, where access to some restricted zones is given, and had made several trips to other Andaman islands before offering money to fishermen to take him to North Sentinel.  Mr Chaud is thought to have paid fishermen to take him to the island Outsiders are banned from going within three miles of their home to protect their way of life and to safeguard them from 21st century diseases.  One police source said: "He tried to reach Sentinel island on November 14 but could not make it. Two days later he went well prepared. He left the dinghy midway and took a canoe by himself to the island". The Andamans are also home to the 400-strong Jarawa tribe who activists say are threatened by contact from outsiders. But tourists have previously bribed local officials in a bid to be able to spend time with them. Tribes such as the Sentinelese, believed to be only 150 in number, shun all contact with the outside world and have a record of hostility to anyone who tries to get close. In 2006, two Indian fishermen who moored their boat to sleep were killed when the vessel broke loose and drifted onto North Sentinel and their bodies never recovered.  A 1900 image of a Jarawa tribesman from India's Andaman Islands Credit: UniversalImagesGroup/Getty The island was hit by the devastating 2004 tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean but not much is known about the impact it had on the reclusive inhabitants. After the tsunami one member of the tribe was photographed attempting to fire an arrow at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter. Indian authorities make periodic checks on the tribe from boats anchored at a safe distance from the shore. Survival International, a group protecting tribal people's rights, said that the "tragedy" of the American's death "should never have been allowed to happen". "The Indian authorities should have been enforcing the protection of the Sentinelese and their island for the safety of both the tribe and outsiders," it said. Since the Indian authorities keep away from the island, the legal repercussions of Mr Chau's killing are unclear.  However police in the island chain in the Bay of Bengal have launched a murder investigation. Deepak Yadav, a senior police officer, said a case has been registered against "unknown tribesmen" and that six fishermen and one other person were arrested in connection with the death.



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SpaceX To Announce Name Of First Tourist It's Sending Around The Moon

SpaceX To Announce Name Of First Tourist It's Sending Around The MoonIt's one small announcement for SpaceX, one potentially giant leap for space



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SpaceX To Announce Name Of World's First Space Tourist

SpaceX To Announce Name Of World's First Space TouristIt's one small announcement for SpaceX, one potentially giant leap for space



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Major US tourist sites in path of Hurricane Florence

Major US tourist sites in path of Hurricane FlorenceFrom Charleston’s colonial mansions with finely-crafted balustrades, to fragile Outer Banks beaches, to exalted centers of American history, the tourism-heavy US East Coast is facing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence. The full force of Florence is threatening the city’s colonial structures, cobblestone streets and dozens of bohemian bars and cafes, which delight the region’s five million annual visitors. A direct hit on Charleston could shock the area’s $ 4.2 billion tourism industry, which employs more than 47,000 people.



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