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Owners of psychiatric service animals and of those used for emotional support will need to sign a statement vouching that their animal can behave. But owners will be on the honor system — they won’t have to show, for example, that their dog graduated from obedience school.The new requirements don’t apply to pets, for which owners pay an extra fee.

Uggs, pigs and tartan: the big trends at men's Paris fashion week

Creations including this one by Julien David added an animalistic, post-Weinstein touch to Paris men's fashion week. Photo: AFPThigh-high Ugg boots, post-Weinstein men paraded as dogs, pigs and dinosaurs and a tartan army of plaids and check -- as Paris men's fashion week ends Sunday, we look back on the big trends and talking points:- Men are pigs -This was

Enjoy the ancient villages and the sunrise on Yellow Mountain, Anhui Province

The sun comes over the horizon as seen from Yellow Mountain in Anhui Province. Photo: VCGMy Christmas backpacking trip to Huangshan, East China's Anhui Province - where the famous Yellow Mountain is located - was by far the best thing that I did last year. Yellow Mountain - best known for its bizarrely-shaped rocks, amazing misty scenery and exceptionally beautiful

Bright lights, big city: Light art festival takes to London's streets

Photo: ReutersLondon’s dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium gets underway.Lumiere London features over 50 works by British and overseas artists, located in public spaces, buildings and on the streets. The artists who have created works include Tracey Emin,

Majority of US National Park Service board resigns

Photo: ReutersMost members of a US National Park Service advisory board, appointed while Barack Obama was president, have resigned after saying they were ignored by President Donald Trump’s administration, the panel chairman said on Tuesday.The National Park System Advisory Board, whose creation was authorized by the US Congress in 1935, is tasked with advising on matters such as the designation

Chinese seeking Arctic adventures boosting Russian tourism industry

Tourists watch the polar lights at Teriberka, about 100 kilometers from the city of Murmansk. Photo: VCGChinese tourists made up the largest group going on Arctic tours in Russia in the last few years, Sputnik News reported on January 10.The Arctic region in Russia has been developing facilities to serve growing numbers of Chinese tourists, with a cabin hotel targeting

Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas

Australia is calling on the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research into protecting the world's largest living structure.The UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef is reeling from significant coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.The 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) site is also under pressure from farming

Whisky and waders as fishermen welcome salmon season in Scotland

On the banks of the River Tay in the Scottish highlands, a parade of pipers and a whisky-based blessing helped mark the start of the country’s salmon fishing season on Monday.A Springer Spaniel jumps over a fishing rod on the riverbank on the opening day of the salmon fishing season on the River Tay at Kenmore in Scotland, Britain January

North Carolina promotes ‘3 Billboards’ locations to tourists

North Carolina is promoting the locations where the award-winning “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was filmed as tourist destinations.The News & Observer of Raleighreportsthe state’s tourism division has organized a trip planner for the locations where the movie was filmed in western North Carolina in 2016.The three-day trip goes through Sylva, Dillsboro, Black Mountain, Asheville and Maggie Valley.The movie won

People prepare traditional preserved meat for Spring Festival in S China

People prepare traditional preserved meat for Spring Festival in S China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Jan. 11, 2018. Local people started to prepare the traditional preserved meat for the upcoming Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 16 this year. (Xinhua/Wu Lianxun)Tourists select preserved meat in Danzhou Village of Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Jan. 11,

China's far north makes for an unforgettable vacation getaway

Tourists gather to watch illuminated ice sculptures during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China on Jan.5, 2018. Photo: ICHeedless of snow, ice and frigid temperatures, tourists flock to Harbin in winter. Located in the northeastern most part of China where temperatures can drop to around minus 38 C, Harbin was a small fishing village on

Pakistan to review visa policy to attract more foreign tourists

The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has decided to review visa policies for foreign tourists to attract more people from overseas to visit the country, local media reported on Friday.The department has approached the concerned departments to map out the new plans for the possible changes in the current visa policies to facilitate more tourists from across the world during

Heavy snowfall strands 13,000 tourists in Swiss Alps

The Swiss village of Zermatt, which lies close to the Matterhorn, has the capacity to accommodate 13,400 tourists. Photo: AFPHeavy snowfall has cut off many villages and resorts across the Alps, trapping some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, officials said Tuesday.In the French Alps, a slight break in the weather meant rescuers could begin

New railway tunnel linking Ukraine, EU to open in May: media

The Beskyd railway tunnel connecting Ukraine and the European Union countries will be put into operation this year, Ukraine's government-run Ukrinform news agency said on Tuesday."The movement of trains through the double-track tunnel will start on May 25 this year," the agency said in a statement, citing its source in Ukraine's State Railway Company.The tunnel, which is being under construction

London prepares to sparkle with Lumiere festival

London's streets from the West End to Westminster are to be flooded with the light from 50 art installations this month, in an event officials hope will bring millions of visitors to the British capital.Lumiere London, organised by the culture charity Artichoke, is returning to the city two years after its launch, running from January 18 to 21, organisers said

Rare giant lily pads draw impressive crowds to Paraguay lagoon

An off-the-beaten-path corner of Paraguay has become a tourist attraction this month as visitors flock to see a rare delight floating on a hidden lagoon: giant round water lilies spanning over 1.5 meters (five feet).These aquatic plants -- their scientific name is Victoria cruziana but locals call them "alligator lilies" -- sprawling enough that they can provide a hiding place

'World's ugliest pig' spotted in Indonesia

Rare images of the "world's ugliest pig" have been captured in Indonesia, researchers said Friday, offering a window into a little-known species believed to be on the brink of extinction.The number of endangered Javan warty pigs -- males are distinguished by large warts on their faces -- has plunged since the early 1980s due to hunting and forest habitat loss,

New museums, destinations and openings around the US in 2018

For travelers, the new year opens up a whole new world of places to go and things to do. Here are a few notable openings and events scheduled for 2018 around the U.S.NOTABLE IN THE NEW YEARThe Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania is scheduled to open the Tower of Voices in September. The structure will be part of the

Indonesia volcano in 'biggest' eruption this year

The volcano, which roared back to life in 2010 after four centuries of silence, has been erupting steadily since 2015. Photo: AFPIndonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano experienced its biggest eruption of the year this week, spewing clouds of gas and showering ash into the sky, a local official said Friday.The volcano, which roared back to life in 2010 after four centuries

Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

The Indonesian holiday island has become an embarrassing poster child for the country's trash problem. Photo: AFPBali's palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed

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