December 3, 2019

Indonesian government wants to charge tourists $1,000 to access islands with Komodo dragons: Report

USO/iStock(KOMODO, Indonesia) -- The Indonesian government is aiming to charge tourists a $1,000 fee to access the islands native to the Komodo dragon. President Joko Widodo is in talks with authorities in Labuan Bajo, the fishing town that serves as the gateway to the five islands native to the Komodo dragon, to introduce the extravagant fee, Indonesian national newspaper Kompas reported. Widodo wants to limit access to the islands, which include Komodo, Flores, Rinca, Gili Motang and Nusa Kode..
December 3, 2019

Man miraculously found after being lost in the Australian Outback for 2 weeks

omersukrugoksu/iStock(LONDON) — A man was miraculously found after being stranded in the Australian Outback for two weeks. Phu Tran, 40, was discovered by Ted Fogarty, a livestock farmer, near the remote town of Alice Springs in Northern Territory, Australia, according to local police. Tran, along with Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, and Claire Hockridge, 46, set out for a drive on the afternoon of Nov. 19 when their car got stuck in a riverbed, stranding them in the wilderness with nothing around them..
December 3, 2019

World’s very 1st Christmas card on display

(FILE photo) - clark42/iStock(LONDON) -- In the days of pre-iPhone Christmas past, the holidays would not feel complete without a festive card from family and friends. Now, you can see the Christmas card that started it all. The world’s first printed Christmas card has gone on show at the Charles Dickens Museum in London. The card presents the quintessential Christmas image. In the center, a family celebrates the holiday together, flanked by images of people feeding and clothing the poor to symb..
December 3, 2019

Trump administration releases Lebanon military aid after it was held up for months

rzdeb/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration has released $105 million in military aid to Lebanon, a senior administration official said Monday night, after the assistance had been held up for months with no explanation. The delay in delivering the security assistance to Lebanon's armed forces had prompted urgent questions from Lebanon's government and from Congress, with one Democratic senator likening it to the hold-up of aid to Ukraine that sparked an impeachment inquiry int..