Sale of luxury food gift boxes in China plummet amid graft sweep

BEIJING (Reuters) - The sale of luxury food gift boxes in China fell dramatically in 2013, Chinese state media said, in another sign of the impact the ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption drive has had on consumer behavior.

Why UAE tourism is buoyant in 2014

Dubai attracted over 7.9 million visitors in the first nine months of 2013, with hotels registering a 17.1 per cent increase in revenue to Dh 15.33 billion compared to the same time last year, according to data by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). “Based on visitor numbers over the last 12 months, we expect conti . . .

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UN rights boss urges Thailand to drop defamation charges

GENEVA Dec 26 (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official urged Thailand on Thursday to drop criminal charges against two journalists accused of defamation for citing a Reuters investigation into the role of Thai naval security forces in smug . . .

Curacao profile

Curacao - a small Caribbean island popular with tourists - became an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in October 2010 in a change of constitutional status which dissolved the Netherlands Antilles. The Dutch government remains responsible for defence and foreign policy, and has oversight over Curacao's finances un . . .

Chinese unmanned spacecraft lands on moon

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday, state media reported, in the first such "soft-landing" since 1976, joining the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing . . .

With National Treasures At Risk D.C. Fights Against Flooding

Story By: by Jennifer Ludden All Things Considered A basement theater of the National Archives building in Washington was among the many local sites flooded after a week of continuous rain in 2006. "Water was coming through about the . . .

Anatomy of a romantic hotel room

Infinity pools and swanky lobbies are nice, but the room matters when it's a trip for two. In honor of all the romantic getaways coming up for Valentine's Day weekend, we asked some relationship gurus for their romantic room essentials and added a few or our own. A tub . . .