Oktoberfest is back. But religious politicians in this country want it banned

(CNN) — The world’s largest beer festival is finally back after a two year dry spell but politicians are in one country is still against celebrations returning — and it isn’t because of the pandemic. “Although non-Muslims are not prohibited from drinking alcohol, the (Malaysian) government is of the opinion that allowing this festival to … Read more

Ukraine warns of ‘nuclear terrorism’ after strike near plant

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian missile struck close to a nuclear power plant Monday in southern Ukraine without damaging the three reactors but hit other industrial equipment in what Ukrainian authorities denounced as an act of “nuclear terrorism.” The missile made impact within 300 meters (328 yards) of the reactors at the South Ukraine … Read more

How much does it cost to visit Bhutan? $200 a day plus travel costs

The Kingdom of Bhutan is reopening to tourists on Friday with a hefty hike to its daily tourist tax. Before the country closed its borders in March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, travelers to Bhutan were required to pay a minimum daily package rate of $200-$250 — depending on the time of year. … Read more

How much does it cost to visit Bhutan? $200 a day plus travel costs

The Kingdom of Bhutan is reopening to tourists on Friday with a hefty hike to its daily tourist tax. Before the country closed its borders in March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, travelers to Bhutan were required to pay a minimum daily package rate of $200-$250 — depending on the time of year. … Read more

“Woman-Ochre” de Kooning’s painting from theft to its return home

It was a heist that was as brazen as it was simple. On the morning of Nov. 29, 1985, a couple entered The University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona. Within minutes, “Woman-Ochre” — a painting by the Dutch-American artist Willem de Kooning — was gone. The museum’s curator Olivia Miller described the … Read more

Xi, Putin meet in Uzbekistan as Ukraine war dominates

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met for talks on boosting ties between their countries Thursday, an encounter that follows a major setback for Moscow on the battlefield in Ukraine. The two leaders met in Uzbekistan on the sidelines of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a security alliance … Read more

How the death of Queen Elizabeth is impacting tourists in the UK

(CNN) — The death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has led to astonishing scenes in the UK. Over the past few days, the accession of King Charles III has taken place and the Queen’s coffin has traveled through the Scottish Highlands to Edinburgh, before being flown into London and brought … Read more