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Jordan River, Jesus' baptism site, is today barely a trickle

Aug. 18, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

ALONG THE JORDAN RIVER (AP) — Kristen Burckhartt felt overwhelmed. She needed time to reflect, to let it sink in that she had just briefly soaked her feet in the water where Jesus is said to have been baptized, in the Jordan River. “It’s very profound,” said the 53-year-old...

Famed Iran art museum closes to deal with insect infestation

Aug. 18, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran’s contemporary art museum has issued an apology and temporarily closed to handle a pest infestation, raising concerns after footage of insects scuttling across world-famous work spread widely on social media. Insects, which may attack and eat away at...

Estonian minister defends visa ban against Russian tourists

Aug. 18, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s foreign minister on Thursday defended his country’s decision to bar Russian tourists, saying they are shirking their “moral responsibility” to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and its “genocidal war” in Ukraine. ...

In Mexico resort, squatters make a stand against developers

Aug. 18, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — Unchecked development has hit this once laid back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager — even desperate — to build condominiums and hotels in a shantytown. While police are trying to evict squatters so towering...

For hire or food, garden sitters save the day during summer

Aug. 18, 2022 09:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Take my chard, please! The season has come when many home gardeners, their numbers booming since the pandemic began, are being rewarded with fully matured, ready-to-pick vegetables and flowers. It’s also vacation season, and this summer travel is back. ...

Venice fines tourist surfers for motoring down Grand Canal

Aug. 17, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Two foreign tourists who sped down Venice's Grand Canal on motorized surf boards Wednesday have been heavily fined and the boards have been confiscated, city authorities said. The mayor’s office said in a statement that the two were fined 1,500 euros ($1,530) each...

Egypt's central bank governor resigns as economic woes mount

Aug. 17, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s central bank governor resigned Wednesday as the Middle East's most populous nation struggles to curb inflation triggered by Russia's war in Ukraine, high oil prices and a drop in tourism. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi accepted the resignation of Tarek Amer...

Small Sept. 11 museum known for ground zero tours closes

Aug. 17, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A small museum near New York's World Trade Center dedicated to preserving the memory of the Sept. 11 attacks is closing after Wednesday, the victim of financial pressures made worse by COVID-19. The 9/11 Tribute Museum, which opened in 2006, offered tours led by...

Tips to take the sting out of 50% higher car rental prices

Aug. 17, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

When making your travel budget, don’t assume that lodging and airfare will be your biggest expense. Now, more than ever, rental cars are shaping up to be one of the biggest — and stubbornly high — aspects of people’s vacation budgets. While airfare and lodging prices are...

Dubai sees air travel surge, expects FIFA World Cup boost

Aug. 17, 2022 06:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai International Airport saw a surge in passengers over the first half of 2022 as pandemic restrictions eased and the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar will further boost traffic to the city-state’s second airfield, its chief executive said Wednesday. ...