International hospitality from Iceland to Bosnia
Russian police detain two in an incident that claimed more than 100 lives, Air Algerie strike leaves thousands without flights, a writer details the warm side of Belfast, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Russian police arrest two in cruise ship sinking
Russian police arrested two people in Monday's tragic cruise ship sinking on the Volga River. More than 100 people died in the incident, and officials say the boat was over capacity and in poor condition when it sank, the BBC reports. The two arrested are the director of the company that rented the boat and the ship registrar who certified it.
Air Algerie strike strands thousands
The Air Algerie strike, in which employees are demanding a 106% raise, has stranded thousands of travellers in France. The strike began on Monday, and yesterday the French transport minister met with representatives from the airline, the Algerian embassy and airport officials in hopes of finding a way to get angry, ticket-wielding passengers in the air. The airline’s chief says the most the financially embattled company can offer employees is a 20% raise, Yahoo News reports.
Belfast has two faces, but the warm, welcoming one dominates
Writer Lionel Shriver, former resident of Belfast, pens an essay for Newsweek about the two Belfasts, “the one of murderous pettiness and explosive grudge-bearing, and a second city in which the locals were warm, verbally agile, and exuberant”. The self-proclaimed lover of the city states the latter is what Belfast is now, and she encourages tourists to visit.
"The biggest story of our lifetime is the end of Western predominance.”
– Historian Niall Ferguson in his TED Global 2011 talk. Brain Pickings compiled highlights from the second day of TED Global 2011.