Factbox-Europe’s Travel Disruption Stretches

(Reuters) – Strikes and staff shortages forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights to avoid hours-long queues at major airports in the first northern hemisphere summer following widespread COVID lockdowns, and some disruptions still persist as the end of 2022 nears. Here is a summary of some of the developments: After job and pay cuts … Read more

Sudanese Head North to Egypt Seeking Brighter Future

By Khalid Abdelaziz and Nafisa Eltahir KHARTOUM (Reuters) – At downtown Khartoum’s al-Souq al-Arabi, travel agencies helping young Sudanese seek a brighter economic future in Egypt are replacing once-packed hardware stores in a corner of the capital’s main commercial hub. The exodus reflects growing despondence over prospects at home, where the economy has been in … Read more

Royal Fans Give London Tourism a Bump Amid UK Economic Woes

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer LONDON (AP) — Royal fans have poured into the heart of London to experience the flag-lined roads, pomp-filled processions and, above all, brave a mileslong line for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II, who died after an unprecedented seven decades on the throne. And while … Read more

Canadian Lawmakers Plan Taiwan Trip Amid Rising China Tensions

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A delegation of Canadian lawmakers plans to visit Taiwan in October to seek economic opportunities in the Asia Pacific region, Liberal Member of Parliament Judy Sgro said on Wednesday, a move that could further stoke tensions between China and the West. The relationship between China and the West has worsened since US … Read more

Four Cargo Ships Sail From Ukraine Black Sea Ports

By Natalia Zinets and Daren Butler KYIV/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Four ships carrying Ukrainian foodstuffs sailed from Ukrainian Black Sea ports on Sunday as part of a deal to unblock the country’s sea exports, Ukrainian and Turkish officials said. The four bulk carriers were loaded with almost 170,000 tons of corn and other foodstuffs, Ukraine’s sea … Read more

Top US Diplomat to Arrive in Pacific Amid Battle for Influence With China

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A senior US diplomat will travel to Samoa on Thursday on a multi-leg trip to Pacific Island countries intended to demonstrate re-engagement by the United States with a region in which China has been extending its influence. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to Samoa and then Tonga, where she … Read more

Drought Takes Toll on Tuscany’s Famed Olive Oil and Wine Production

SAN CASCIANO IN VAL DI PESA, Italy (Reuters) – Farmers in Tuscany, the heart of Italy’s prized wine and olive oil industry, are battling to salvage as much as they can of this year’s crop from the ravages of drought and heatwave. A lack of rainfall since spring has affected even plants that traditionally thrive … Read more

British Airways Breaks Short-Haul Flight Sales From Heathrow

By KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Airways said Tuesday that it’s suspending sales of short-haul flights from London’s Heathrow Airport, a response to the airport’s request to limit bookings to help ease travel disruptions caused by booming demand and staff shortages. The suspension applies to new bookings for domestic UK and European … Read more

UK Gets Ready for Travel Disruptions as Time May Hit 104 F

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government held an emergency response meeting Saturday to plan for record high temperatures next week after weather authorities issued their first-ever “red” warning for extreme heat. The alert covers large parts of England on Monday and Tuesday, when temperatures may reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 … Read more