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First Mass Quarantine Outside of China as Vietnam Locks Down 10,000 Over Coronavirus

More than 10,000 people in villages near Vietnam’s capital were placed under quarantine on Thursday (Feb 13) after six cases of the deadly new coronavirus were discovered there, authorities said. In the first mass quarantine outside of China since the virus emerged there in late December, the Son Loi farming region about 40km from Hanoi will be locked …

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Hilton Closes 150 hotels in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The CEO of Hilton Worldwide Holdings, which operates more than 6,100 hotels across the globe, has confirmed the closure of “roughly 150” hotels in China amid the current outbreak of COVID-19, formerly known as the novel coronavirus. In an earnings call on Tuesday, which coincided with the company’s fourth-quarter report, president and CEO Christopher J. Nassetta said Hilton would …

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When Will It End? Coronavirus Cases on Quarantined Cruise Ship Jumps to 219

Another 44 people have today tested positive for coronavirus on board a quarantined cruise ship in Japan.  The dozens of new cases bring the total on board the Diamond Princess to 218, in addition to a quarantine officer who tested positive yesterday.  The remaining 3,500 passengers and crew are confined to their cabins with questions mounting about whether …

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Canadian Tourist Dies From Drowing In The Tourism Epicenter of Hoi An Vietnam

A Canadian tourist drowned in An Bang Beach in Hoi An ancient town Wednesday, local authorities have confirmed. Frederic Kebirou, 59, went for a swim in An Bang at around 9 a.m., but was swept away by the waves, deputy chairman Nguyen Van Quang of the Cam An Ward People’s Committee in the central Vietnam …

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Drunk EasyJet Passenger Trys To Eat His Phone After Threatening Other Passengers

A drunk passenger on an EasyJet flight from Manchester, England, to Iceland made his phone a snack after a violent outburst, which prompted the flight to make an emergency landing in Edinburgh, Scotland. Matthew Flaherty, 44, was charged Monday with disorderly conduct, acting in a manner likely to endanger others, and uttering threats of violence and racial remarks …

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A Woman Who Yelled ‘I’m going to kill you all’ While Trying To Open Plane Door Jailed For Two Years

A woman who yelled “I’m going to kill you all” and tried to open the door of a plane midway through a flight has been jailed for two years. 26-year-old Chloe Haines was handed the prison sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday following an incident on board a flight from Stansted Airport on 22 …

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Tourists Shamed on Video After Allegedly Trying To Steal Bikinis In Bali

Two female tourists were allegedly caught shoplifting bikinis at a local shop in Canggu, Bali and forced to apologize in what has become a viral video.  In the public Facebook video posted by TJ Agung, two unidentified females were attempting to steal multiple bikinis from the Mermaids Swimwear Boutique in Canggu Bali when they were …

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Passengers Furious As Air Canada Customer Support Stops Taking Phone Calls

As of 9:00 am PST, Monday February 10th, 2020, the customer support center at Air Canada has stopped taking phone calls.  UPDATE: Are you looking to change/cancel your Air Canada flight because of Coronavirus? Here are your options Customers at this time are unable to change, cancel or modify flights.  When customers call the hotline, …

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136 Passengers Have Now Tested Positive For The Coronavirus As ‘Depression Sets In’

Another 66 passengers onboard a cruise liner quarantined in Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of infected people on the ship to 136. Japanese officials said the new diagnoses among 3,700 passengers and crew onboard the Diamond Princess included 45 people from Japan, 11 from the US, four from Australia, three from the Philippines and …

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US Issues Travel Warning For Thailand Southern Provinces

The U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for the southern provinces of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla province Travel Advisories were issued by the State Department on February 7, 2020, due to related periodic violence. The State Department says ‘U.S. citizens are at risk of injury due …

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British Airways Smashes Record For Quickest Flight From New York to London

A British Airways (BA) flight has broken the record for the fastest-ever subsonic flight between New York and London, reaching a top speed of more than 800mph (1,287km/h). The Boeing 747 aircraft flew overnight from Saturday to Sunday and reached its destination in four hours and 56 minutes, as Storm Ciara sped towards the United Kingdom. The plane actually rode the high …

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Moving to Medellin – expat daily life, culture shock and what to expect

Medellin is a gem tucked in a valley of Colombia, known for being the city of eternal spring. The beautiful weather, rich culture, and surprisingly advanced city are more than enough to attract expats from around the world to live there. Medellin is a city that no matter how much you research about it, there’s …

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