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United Arab Emirates

Dubai: Two French base jumpers break world record with Burj Khalifa leap

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ANNIE DANG 3:31pm Base jumpers break world record after spectacular leap from world's tallest building.

Brisbane petrol prices to settle for long weekend

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MARISSA CALLIGEROS 2:02pm There is likely to be some relief for motorists this long weekend following an Easter of high petrol prices.

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Mount Baw Baw resort handed over to private operator

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JASON DOWLING 9:50pm Management of the troubled Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort has been transferred from the government to a private operator after another year of losses and millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies.

Global

Flashing, spitting and stealing knickers: strange things that can get you deported

Customs person at airport.

Oliver Smith 10:10am A British woman was arrested and threatened with deportation this week after Sri Lankan authorities took offence to her Buddha tattoo.

Luxury

Four Seasons adds branded luxury jet to $128,000 world tours

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9:18am First came the Orient Express train. Then the Queen Mary ocean liner. Now the Four Seasons jet?

France

Let tourists shop till they drop on Sundays: French Foreign Minister

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8:48am Visitors to France should be allowed to shop till they drop seven days a week, the country's Foreign Minister said Tuesday, weighing into a fierce debate over restrictions on Sunday trading.

Queensland

Queensland needs 'Hobbits' to boost tourism: producer

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NATALIE BOCHENSKI Queensland needs to exploit the movies and television programs it makes to attract more tourists, according to an industry veteran.

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Victoria

Avalon Airport axes ad over criticism it made light of domestic violence

The advertisement as seen on Avalon Airport's Facebook page.

Victoria's Avalon Airport has been forced to ditch its new advertising campaign after being accused of making light of domestic violence.

Sri Lanka

UK tourist recounts 'hellish' time in Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo

British tourist Naomi Coleman poses for a photograph to display a tattoo of the Buddha on her upper arm, after she was arrested at Sri Lanka's main international airport and later ordered with deportation for having a tattoo of the Buddha, in Colombo on April 22, 2014. A 37-year-old British nurse recounted her

A 37-year-old British nurse has recounted her "hellish" experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrested and sent to a deportation centre for sporting a Buddha tattoo deemed offensive by authorities.

Air travel

Stowaway reportedly eyed Africa

A 16-year-old boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii is loaded into an ambulance.

As relatives make themselves scarce after a 15-year-old Santa Clara boy survived a flight from San Jose to Maui in a jetliner's wheel well over the weekend, Hawaiian media have reported the boy may have been trying to get to his mother in Africa.

Arthurs Seat

Hang onto your seat: it's gondola be an after-dark ride to thrill

The proposed chairlift at Arthurs Seat.

JASON DOWLING First we had the illuminated Melbourne Star wheel for a spin after dark - next may be a midnight ride to Arthurs Seat on new multimillion-dollar gondola.

Air travel

Air Canada baggage handlers toss luggage from platform in video

Air Canada baggage handlers

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN Baggage handlers likely to be fired after throwing luggage from seven-metre platform.

Air travel

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: How MH370 will change travel

A US Navy P8 Poseidon.

ANTHONY DENNIS The consequences will be felt as MH370 has changed air travel.

Air travel

Armrests out: Airlines put the squeeze on weight

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If you thought airlines could find no new ways to squeeze more passengers into each plane, you are underestimating the resolve of the airline industry.

Teen stowaway survives flight from California to Hawaii in aircraft wheel well

A 16-year-old boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii is loaded into an ambulance.

Joseph Serna A teenager who stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Hawaii and survived did not know where the plane was headed when he climbed aboard, FBI officials said Monday.

Turkey

Australians gather in Turkey ahead of Anzac Day

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Tony Wright It was a simple matter to find Michael Kenneady and Yvonne Simpson among the crowds of wanderers from a dozen countries: you simply listened out for their accents.

Teen survives stowaway flight drama

Rough around the edges ... Hawaiian Airlines.

The FBI says a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

Airlines

US Supreme Court: Airline can drop annoying frequent flier

A passenger gets assistance at the Qantas Airlines counter after it cancelled 447 flights affecting more than 68,000 passengers at Los Angeles International Airport in California, October 29, 2011. Tens of thousands of stranded Qantas Airways passengers are pinning their hopes on a government-appointed tribunal on Sunday ordering an end to the industrial action that grounded the Australian national carrier's entire fleet. REUTERS/Jason Redmond   (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CIVIL UNREST)

The US Supreme Court decided unanimously Wednesday that an airline had the right to dump a frequent flier who complained too much.

New Zealand

New Zealand lifts visa ban on Nigella Lawson

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Nigella Lawson has been granted special permission to work in New Zealand after being blocked from travelling to the United States for using cocaine.

Air travel

Chhatrapati Shivaji International: Mumbai's new T2 airport terminal doubles as art museum

The new T2 at Mumbail Airport.

Travellers passing through the new T2 at Mumbai Airport can enjoy a bit of art while they wait for their flight.

Bargains

Travel deals: sleep like royals

Matakauri Lodge New Zealand

JULIETTA JAMESON Sleep like a royal at Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown, where Wills and Kate stayed one night last week.

Fuel pump fault causes Qantas A380 to turn back mid-flight

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Goya Dmytryshchak A Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne was forced to turn back mid-air because of a fuel pump fault.

I know this great little place: Roberta Sudbrack

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NINA KARNIKOWSKI When Roberta Sudbrack opened her self-titled restaurant in Rio, she brought to her kitchen the skills learnt from seven years' cooking at Brazil's presidential palace and her love of organic produce.

Frequent Flyer: Simon Westcott

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JANE REDDY Simon Westcott is the owner and chief executive LUXE City Guides.

Letters

Traveller letters: Thanks for the disloyalty, Qantas

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An experience that reinforces last week's comment that Qantas does not care about its loyal Frequent Flyer members.

Port Douglas package: Deals of the week

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JULIETTA JAMESON My Queensland Holiday is offering families more than $750 of free inclusions in a five-night Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas package.

Air travel

Manila 'world's worst airport': Philippine President Benigno Aquino apologises

Terminal 1, Manila International Airport

Air conditioning failures proves why this South-East Asia airport is named the world's worst by online travel guide.

High hopes for Blue Mountains tourism as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take in the view

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DAISY DUMAS As the Duke of Cambridge peered over a cliff edge at Narrow Neck lookout near Katoomba on Thursday afternoon, there was a reason for his wife's apparent nerves. Unlike accompanying media and the Mountain Youth Services abseiling team, neither the second in line to the throne, nor the duchess, had the comfort of a safety harness.

Sydney

Australia to see rush of UK tourists after royal visit

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (centre L), walk from during a reception at the Sydney Opera House on April 16, 2014.

Royal visit by Kate, Wills and baby George is drawing UK tourists Down Under.

Airlines

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: CNN's MH370 expert sacked over bad clothes

Mitchell Casado

Expert used by CNN for MH370 coverage sacked for 'shaming Canadians' with his dress sense.

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