Europe and South America top the list of travel destinations for Americans: survey

If you’re planning to take a trip abroad, it may be time to start saving: The average international trip costs nearly $5,000, according to new research; but that doesn’t stop travelers. A survey of 2,000 internationally traveling Americans looked at their travel habits and found that, despite the cost, the average respondent has taken six … Read more

Student stranded in Greece with life-threatening injuries after falling from balcony

An Australian university student who plunged nearly 20ft from a balcony during a trip to Europe is now stranded abroad after sustaining life-threatening injuries from the fall. Sydney man Jacob Konaraki has been selected by his university to go on an overseas excursion to Greece for an archaeological dig. Once the experience was over, he … Read more

Gustav Klimt painting Lady with a Fan fetches $108 million, a European record

A later masterpiece by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt sold Tuesday for $108.4 million, making it the most expensive work of art ever to be auctioned in Europe. “Dame mit Fächer” (The Lady with a Fan) was sold to a buyer in the hall of Sotheby’s in London after a 10-minute bidding war for a hammer … Read more

‘Digitally fast’: Scenic island aims to be ‘phone-free’ first for screen-obsessed tourists

Finland has welcomed the arrival of summer, its warmer weather and an anticipated influx of tourism by establishing what is believed to be the world’s first phone-free island in a move to encourage people to put down their devices. Visitors to the island of Ulko-Tammio, off the southeastern coast of Finland, will be asked to … Read more

Ultra-luxurious ‘Villages’ boost outlet shopping in Europe

It was the most beautiful of gifts. Not too long ago, a thoughtful British husband decided to pamper his busy wife with a wardrobe reimagining. He hired a personal stylist in Bicester Village, the luxury dining destination in leafy Oxfordshire, less than an hour from London. After a preliminary video consultation, the stylist selected an … Read more

Matty Healy kisses a male security guard in Denmark amid Taylor Swift romance

Matty Healy is back to his old ways. The 1975 frontman kissed a male security guard on the lips during a concert in Denmark earlier this week in the midst of his romance with Taylor Swift. The singer, who has notoriously made out with strangers during his band’s live shows, previously said he stopped kissing … Read more

Europe’s ‘carbon bomb’ petrochemical plant: can it be stopped? – podcast

Environmental law charity ClientEarth and 13 other groups turned to a Flemish court this week in an effort to stop Ineos from building a petrochemical plant that would be the biggest such project in Europe in 30 years. Madeleine Finlay hears from correspondent Sandra Laville how plastics are made, the environmental and health impacts of … Read more

Yellen to CNN: America can reduce inflation while maintaining a strong job market | CNN Business

CNN — Last month’s turmoil within the banking sector has not deterred the United States from achieving a soft landing, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an exclusive interview on Friday. “I think there is a way to reduce inflation while maintaining what I think we would all see as a strong … Read more

4 takeaways from Biden’s trip to Ireland | CNN Politics

Dublin, Ireland CNN — As so many Americans do each year, President Joe Biden returned to Ireland this week in search of his roots, searching for some connection and some answers in the land his people left behind so many years ago. He found it in the pubs but also in Parliament, which he said … Read more