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LOVE THAT TOKYO HOTEL

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More than 30,000 love hotels operate in Japan, with hundreds in Tokyo alone. It's a multibillion-dollar business - and while the clientele is still mostly local, tourists are discovering - and loving it too. The hotels offer a variety of options - something to suit every taste. MORE

JUST A TINY BIT JEALOUS

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Richard Branson sits down with CNN's Christine Romans after Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy SpaceX launch last week. Branson expects Virgin Galactic to be in space with people on board within the next few months. MORE

OCEANS AWAY

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Comedian and daily Show regular Michael Kosta, in conversation with "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes" author Dan Egan to learn how the environmental decline of the Great Lakes threatens the world's ecosystem. It's not your average interview. MORE

ANNOYING PASSENGERS

The seatmate you really do not want beside you
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Expedia conducted a poll asking fliers to name the most annoying types of airplane passengers. Jimmy Kimmel was going to just read the list, but he thought it would be more interesting if the great Sir Patrick Stewart acted it out. MORE

A DOGS LIFE

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Private chef-prepared meals, spa treatments and chauffeur-driven rides are just a few of the services provided to clients of New York's most exclusive hotel - for dogs. D Pet Hotels, in New York's affluent Chelsea neighbourhood, caters for the pets of the rich and famous, and its rooms and services are fit for the world's most pampered pups.   MORE

TOP 10 SOUTHEAST ASIA

Three Years of Travel
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Christian LeBlanc is a vlogger from Canada. After travelling in Southeast Asia for three years, he's prepared his top 10 list of the best travel destinations from Thailand, Philippines, Bali Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and more.   MORE

RHINO SAFARI

Kaziranga National Park in India
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Kaziranga National Park in Assam is the best place on the planet to see the population of over 2,000 Indian rhinos. In 1905, there were only 15 Indian rhinos left in the area but thanks to Mary Curzon, the area was protected for conservation and the rhinos were able to make an amazing comeback.   MORE

THE VIEW FROM THE TRAIN

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Quite a number of our readers seem to love trains and anything to do with railways. So here's something for you - a live Rail Driver's view from a train. Last night it was a snowy mountain ride and admittedly it was fascinating - for a few minutes.   MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

ARMED AND DANGEROUS

Record number of guns in carry ons
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22 FEB 2018: The US Transportation Security Administration recently issued a reminder that firearms are prohibited in carry-on baggage. Yet, earlier this month, over 100 weapons were seized at American airports, breaking a record for a single week. MORE

WHAT WILL BECOME OF PYEONGCHANG

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22 FEB 2018: The equation was supposed to be simple. To build a world-class ski destination, simply add the Olympics and wait. But even as South Korea basks in the glow of daily competition and global attention, hope is fading that Pyeongchang will do what was promised during its successful 2011 Olympics bid and turn an ignored, impoverished backwater into a premier Asian ski hub. MORE

WOMAN SUES SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS

Blames them for Paris attacks
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22 FEB 2018: A Chicago-area woman who was at a cafe in Paris during the 2015 attacks is suing Twitter, Facebook and Google alleging the sites helped aid the growth of the Islamic State group by giving it social media access. She also suggests that the social media sites profited from ISIS content. MORE

MAKING THE INDIAN OCEAN SAFER

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22 FEB 2018: Australian authorities say they have helped make the Indian Ocean safer for air and sea travellers since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished in the vast expanse four years ago through search and rescue training with island nations. MORE

RESCUE TUBES ARE SAVING LIVES

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22 FEB 2018: The president of a group that installed rescue tube stations along south Maui beaches said while he is happy the tubes are working, he wishes they weren't necessary. The yellow tubes have reportedly assisted in three rescues since the end of last year. MORE

CELTIC COLOURS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Gets funds from feds
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22 FEB 2018: Mark Eyking, MP Sydney–Victoria announced funding of $200,000 over the next two years in support of performing arts programming for the Celtic Colours International Festival - a musical event that draws thousands of people every year to hundreds of activities and events in communities across Cape Breton Island.  MORE

BACK IN COURT

Psychiatric testing for serial stowaway
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22 FEB 2018: An Illinois woman with a history of sneaking onto planes pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony theft, burglary and other charges for allegedly thwarting security at a Chicago airport and flying to London before anyone realized she didn't have a ticket. Marilyn Hartman answered a few procedural questions from the judge during a hearing. MORE

SERVICE WITH THE HUMANOID TOUCH

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22 FEB 2018: Munich Airport and Lufthansa introduced Josie Pepper, a humanoid robot that will be available to assist passengers by answering questions and offering directions in Terminal 2. This is the first-ever test of a humanoid robot equipped with artificial intelligence at a German airport. MORE

IF GETTING OFF AN AIRPLANE IS THE BEST PART

By DAVID TAIT
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22 FEB 2018: Getting on is certainly the worst. Much as we all love to bicker about eroding standards of inflight service, the worst part of flying is surely what passengers have to endure to get into their seats.   MORE
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