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Airline replaces planes with trains

(CNN) — Austria’s flagship airline is replacing one of its flights with a more frequent train service, in order to meet the environmental criteria of its recent government bailout. The company will no longer fly between capital city Vienna and Salzburg, operating a rail service instead. As part of its recent €600 million ($680m) government aid package, the airline is required to cut its dome...

What it’s like to visit a country that doesn’t officially exist

(CNN) — They have their own governments, passports, citizens and even currency in some cases. But for various complicated reasons, a number of countries around the world do not officially exist — some are even left off maps. That didn’t stop Guilherme Canever trying to visit them. The Brazilian author traveled to 16 unrecognized nations between 2009 and 2014 and recounts his experience...

Why did 80 artists write messages in the skies above ICE detention centers?

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN Over Independence Day Weekend, 80 artists asked Americans to look up at the skies. Throughout July 3 and 4, messages related to immigration were written at 10,000 feet by World War II military planes, sky-typed over 80 sites related to the country’s network of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities, immigration courts, and the souther...

‘Crystal clear’ that drunk people can’t socially distance, UK police officer says as pubs reopen

London (CNN) — Drunk people can’t properly socially distance, a UK police officer warned after finishing a late shift Saturday — the first day that pubs reopened in England after the coronavirus shutdown. “A predictably busy night and confirmed what we knew, alcohol and social distancing is not a good combination,” tweeted John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federat...

Portugal slams UK decision to leave it off quarantine list as ‘absurd’

(CNN) — The Portuguese government has denounced the British government’s decision not to lift quarantine for people traveling from mainland Portugal as “absurd” and “senseless,” saying the UK has seven times more coronavirus cases than it does. Augusto Santos Silva, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said Portugal was “very disappointed” to h...

England has one of the world’s worst Covid death rates. Now many fear it’s about to drink itself into chaos

(CNN) — The thought of a pint of beer in a proper pub is a dream that has sustained many people in the UK through the tough months of coronavirus lockdown, but as the doors to drinking establishments in England finally reopen after four months on Saturday, a potential nightmare looms. Just a week after thousands of British people flouted social-distancing rules to crowd beaches in a heatwave, it&#...

England unlocks travel with 59 countries — but not the US

Officials have revealed a new “travel corridor” list, with travelers from 59 nations — including France, Germany, Italy and Spain — and 14 British Overseas Territories no longer having to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. The list, which comes into effect on July 10, will open foreign travel to English holidaymakers after four months of lockdown, just in time for the pea...

A Russian billionaire wants to buy some of America’s controversial statues

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN A Russian billionaire has offered to buy two controversial statues that protesters want removed from US cities due to their troubling ties to racism and colonialism. Businessman Andrey Filatov’s Art Russe Foundation, which collects and preserves Soviet-era art, said it is willing to purchase depictions of Theodore Roosevelt and settler Alexander Baranov, found i...

Bollywood choreographer dies at 71

Written by Rob PichetaManveena Suri, CNN Saroj Khan, a celebrated Indian choreographer behind some of Bollywood’s biggest productions, has died aged 71, her doctor has told CNN. Khan choreographed hundreds of musical numbers during a career that spanned four decades, with some of India’s biggest stars dancing to her direction. Irrfan Khan, the Bollywood star who cracked Hollywood She d...

The tragic allure of Alaska’s ‘Into the Wild’ bus

(CNN) — Fairbanks Bus 142. Probably you’ve read about it, seen its replica on a movie screen, or recognize one of its headier nicknames. The Magic Bus. The “Into the Wild” Bus. Or just The Bus. Until recently, the iconic green and white-roofed 1940s-era International Harvester sat parked in a woodsy clearing beside a riverbank, moldering in a remote patch of Alaskan outback like ...

Buhari Inaugurates FCC, FCSC, RMAFC Boards’ Members

FG charges agency to shore up non-oil revenues Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday swore in members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). The ceremony, at the State House in Abuja, was graced by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the F...

AMCON Takes over Pan Ocean’s Assets over N240bn Debt

Dike Onwuamaeze The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken over all assets belonging to Pan Ocean Group and its subsidiaries. A statement Thursday from AMCON said the takeover followed the order of Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court. Pan Ocean Group is promoted by Dr. Festus Fadeyi, a Lagos-based oil and gas businessman whose total indebtedness to AMCON, according to t...