Wealthy tourists return to Maldives for maskless holidays
It's a chance to catch some winter sun in a stunning tropical location and temporarily forget the coronavirus pandemic. After months of closure, the Maldives has reopened to visitors again, or at least those with a negative Covid-19 test and quite a bit of cash to spare. Wealthy visitors are flocking to the South Asian islands for a luxury getaway and the opportunity to take off their face masks at last. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Emerald Maxwell.
Mexico: Soldiers patrol beaches, ensure tourists follow virus measures
Soldiers patrol the beaches in Acapulco, on Mexico's Pacific coast, to ensure that tourists follow anti-Covid measures.
No tourists in the streets of New York make for a sour Christmas for Santa
Like many other New Yorkers, Darwin Romero lost his job to the pandemic. He decided to walk the streets of the city as Santa Claus to make some money on Christmas Eve. But money is scarce as few people leave their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. "He is a joyful character who inspires love, who brings peace to the world, at least at Christmas," Darwin says as he dons a Santa Claus costume.
Origin of popular Christmas song: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is a traditional English Christmas carol of unknown origin that is believed to date from the 16th century. It was sung by children in Victorian times as they went about performing carols door to door on Christmas Eve, hoping for sweet rewards.
Lagos Seafoods Festival 2020
Fish lovers and visitors from Lagos and other parts of Nigeria came down to have a good time and enjoy the best of fishes gotten by Lagos Fishermen at the Lagos Seafood Festival which took place recently. The festival marks the end of a fruitful year and ushers in a new one and GuardianTV was on the ground to cover one of the most anticipated events in the city of Lagos.
Uganda's mountain gorillas enjoy baby boom as pandemic keeps tourists away
The papers look at the situation in Lebanon, one month after the deadly explosions which devastated large parts of Beirut. Also, the Australian papers are outraged over the arrest of a pregnant woman who created a Facebook event seen as "anti-lockdown". Here in France, a literary scandal has erupted between a famous writer and his philosopher son. And Uganda's mountain gorillas enjoy a Covid-19 baby boom!
Venice reduces gondola capacity due to 'overweight' tourists
We look at reactions from the papers after European leaders struck a historic deal and agreed to a coronavirus relief fund. The British papers are looking at a report which alleges British leaders actively ignored threats of Russian interference in elections. And Venice's gondoliers are reducing their boat capacity due to increasingly "heavier" tourists.
Coronavirus wreaks havoc on Cambodia's tourism industry
With foreign tourists not visiting Cambodia, an increasing number of people find it difficult to make ends meet. Experts say the tourism industry will take years to revive. Ate Hoekstra reports from Siem Reap.
Endangered African penguins under threat from tourism
Endangered African penguins go through a molting phase during late December and early January, which sees them losing their old feathers and getting new ones. During this process, the penguins also lose an oily residue which places them at risk if they enter the ocean. Forced interaction by tourists during the peak summer season is accelerating the endangerment of these penguins as they flee for cover in the ocean, local conservationists say.
Several tourists stabbed in Jordan
Three Mexican citizens and one Swiss national have been injured in an attack targeting tourists at an ancient Roman site. Once considered one of the safest countries in the region, the attack is likely to dent its image.
Floridians board up homes and businesses ahead of Dorian
People and tourists in the city of Riviera Beach in Florida continue to prepare, and begin evacuating the beach as Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in the Bahamas. Forecasters believe the Category 5 storm will move closer to the east coast of Florida on Monday evening, into Tuesday.