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Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee

Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents fleeSpectacular lava “fireworks” shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines’ most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days. Lava spurting from Mayon volcano lit up the sky overnight Monday in what scientists said was a sign of increasing activity that prompted official calls for evacuation of areas under threat from a major eruption.



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Nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe among three tourists stabbed in Israel

Nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe among three tourists stabbed in IsraelThe nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was among three tourists repeatedly stabbed in the Israeli seaside resort of Eilat, it emerged Monday night.  The wounded holidaymakers, who have not been named, were found lying on the promenade last Wednesday after being targeted by a gang of Israeli men. It comes at a time of heightened tension between France and Israel, as President Emmanuel Macron and Mr Philippe refuse to accept Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. This has greatly angered many in Israel, and especially those who do not want East Jerusalem to be set aside as the capital of a Palestinian state.  Mr Philippe has also controversially backed the publication of anti-Semitic essays by the author Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, better known as Celine, despite fury from France’s sizeable Jewish community.  UN vote to condemn Trump recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel By Monday night, Israeli news outlets were reporting the shocking Eilat crime, while French media ones generally remained silent.  According to the Israeli i24 news channel: ‘The French consul in Tel Aviv was rushed to the spot urgently. ‘Three French tourists, including the nephew of the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who was on holiday in the seaside resort of Eilat in Israel, were attacked last Wednesday by a group of Israelis. ‘The municipal police found three young tourists lying on the Eilat Promenade with stab wounds on the lower part of their bodies. Two of them were slightly hurt, and the third more seriously.’ All were taken to a local hospital, where they were later joined by the French consul, who is thought to have contacted Mr Philippe immediately.  Two of those hurt were released from hospital on Thursday, while the third remained in a ward. It is not known if he is Mr Philippe’s nephew.  A criminal enquiry into the attack has been launched in Israel, with police attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. They are all believed to be Israeli men, according to detectives.  There was no comment on the incident from France’s Ambassador to Israel, or from the French foreign ministry.  On Monday, President Macron reaffirmed his country’s commitment to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.   Leaders on both sides must continue ‘calling for calm and dialogue’, Mr Macron said during a meeting with members of the Palestinian Central Council. It follows American President Donald Trump plunging the area into renewed chaos by recognising Jerusalem as solely being the capital of Israel, and not Palestine too.  This shocked Western allies including France and Britain as much as it did Arab leaders, who insist that East Jerusalem must become the capital of Palestine.  On Sunday Mr Philippe said he was fine about the publication of Celine’s anti-Semitic essays. Referring to Celine, Mr Philippe said: ‘There are very good reasons to detest the man himself, but you cannot deny the writer’s central position in French literature.’ But CRIF, France’s main Jewish umbrella group, said in a statement that it opposed the publication of the three ‘racist, anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler’ essays.  Last year the Jewish Agency of Israel claimed that 5000 Jews emigrated to Israel from France in 2016, partly because of security fears, and an atmosphere of anti-Semitism condoned by those in power. 



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Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists

Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for touristsUntil Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jose Figueroa did brisk business renting kayaks to tourists itching to see a lagoon that lights up by night thanks to millions of microorganisms. “We do not know if we will have any work tonight,” Figueroa said.



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Bali Tourists Flood Instagram With Mount Agung Volcano Photos as Thousands Evacuate

Bali Tourists Flood Instagram With Mount Agung Volcano Photos as Thousands EvacuateIndonesian officials have said 150,000 people may have to evacuate



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Four Female U.S. Tourists Attacked With Acid In France

Four Female U.S. Tourists Attacked With Acid In FranceFour female American tourists were attacked with acid Sunday in France



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Woman arrested after four female US tourists attacked with acid in Marseille

Woman arrested after four female US tourists attacked with acid in MarseilleFour female US tourists have been attacked with acid in Marseille's main train station. The women, all in their 20s, were sprayed with hydrochloric acid, which hit two of them in the face and the other two hospitalised with shock. The attack took place at Saint-Charles station shortly after 11am on Sunday morning.  Local media reported that it was carried out by a woman believed to be unknown to the  holidaymakers, who were about to travel together  to Paris. The two women sprayed with acid in their faces are aged 20 and 21. One of the women may have an eye injury, a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office said. Reports say the acid was in a spray canister  of a kind generally used for cleaning. The attack is not thought to be terror-related. A  41-year-old woman was arrested and detained by the police. The assailant, believed by police to be psychologically disturbed, was arrested minutes after the attack, the spokewoman said.   More than a dozen firefighters rushed to the station in four emergency vehicles after the attack, a witness said. The witness, who declined to be named, told the Telegraph: “It was a horrific scene. The Americans were screaming and people started rushing about. No one knew what was happening and these days everyone is on edge because of terrorism.” A French security report revealed by local media this weekend warned that jihadists may try to attack or derail trains. A woman was killed in Marseille last month when a man deliberately drove a vehicle into two bus stops. Police said the attack was not terror-related. In April, police said they had thwarted a terrorist attack days before the first round of the presidential election by arresting two suspected jihadists in Marseille. The port city on France’s southern Mediterranean coast has a large immigrant population.  It is plagued by frequent shootouts between rival drugs gangs.



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95 Canadian Tourists Not Allowed To Board Air Canada Evacuation Flight

95 Canadian Tourists Not Allowed To Board Air Canada Evacuation FlightAccording to the Air Canada authorities, they had received confirmations that “the charter flight would be authorized” to fly back with the Canadian tourists stranded on the island.



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Tourists Who Stop At Crash Horrified To Find Mom Dragging Daughter's Body Into Woods: Cops

Tourists Who Stop At Crash Horrified To Find Mom Dragging Daughter's Body Into Woods: CopsMotorists from New York stumbled upon the shocking sight Sunday, officials said.



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Chinese tourists arrested for giving Hitler salute outside Reichstag building in Berlin

Chinese tourists arrested for giving Hitler salute outside Reichstag building in BerlinTwo Chinese tourists were detained in Berlin for making the straight-armed Hitler salute for photos in front of the Reichstag parliament building, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday. The holidaymakers were spotted by officers on a routine patrol Saturday snapping smartphone pictures of each other posing with the banned gesture outside the historic landmark in the heart of the German capital. "A probe on suspicion of using the symbols of anti-constitutional organisations was opened against the two Chinese men, aged 36 and 49," the spokeswoman told AFP. The pair were questioned at a local police station and released after paying €500 bail each. Using the symbols of anti-constitutional organisations, a charge frequently levelled against members of far-right groups, can carry a sentence of up to three years in jail sentence or a fine. The spokeswoman said the men could leave the country during the investigation and that if a fine is handed down, the bail money they had already paid would likely cover it. The Reichstag housed the assemblies of the German Empire, the inter-war Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany until it was destroyed by a suspicious fire in 1933. In the wake of the blaze, Adolf Hitler consolidated his power over Germany, eventually unleashing World War II, which claimed an estimated 20 million lives in Europe, and the Holocaust, in which millions of victims including six million Jews were systematically slaughtered. Refurbished after Germany's 1990 reunification by British architect Norman Foster, who added an iconic glass dome to symbolise open democracy, it has since 1999 housed the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag.



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Tourists Arrested in Germany For Performing Hitler Salute

Tourists Arrested in Germany For Performing Hitler SaluteThe salute is banned in Germany



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