Indonesia wants us to get off the beaten track

Bali house swap. Candidasa, Bali. Looking out the kitchen window of villa at Villa Sasoon at the lush foliage and coconut  palms CREDIT SHERIDEN RHODES

Michael Bachelard, John Garnaut Australians are some of the world's great travellers, but when it comes to our near neighbour, Indonesia, we are a sadly predictable bunch.

Beer pipeline to carry booze under Bruges


BRUSSELS, Sept 23 AFP - Tired of delivery trucks rumbling near its mythic canals, Belgium's medieval town of Bruges has approved the construction of a beer pipeline to link a five-century-old brewery...

'It's none of your business - it's the law'

The domes of an old mosque are seen near the new 'Ottoman-style' townhouses being built in Istanbul's Fatih district.

Paul McGeough The gentrification of a pocket of greater Istanbul known as Sulukule shows the power of Erdogan's republic at work.

The beautiful, historic shrines that Islamists try to destroy

Burned pages of religious scripture among debris in a shrine in Tunisia.

Ishaan Tharoor In recent years, fundamentalist Islamists with Salafist stripes have attacked tombs and defiled shrines from South Asia to Africa. Here's a sampling of their destruction.

Tourist among dozens killed in Kenya

Kenyan police stand beside the wreckage of a burnt-out vehicle after gunmen attacked the police station in Gambe.

Joseph Akwiri in Mombasa Gunmen killed at least 29 people in raids on two separate areas on the Kenyan coast, the interior ministry said on Sunday, amid reports that a foreign tourist was shot dead in the port city of...

Journalist Peter Greste spends World Press Freedom Day behind bars


Julie Power Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste --- who will spend Unesco's World Press Freedom Day behind bars in Eygpt -- says his case represents the need for freedom of press worldwide.

Thieves steal part of fresco in Pompeii

Pompeii robbed.

Ella Ide Thieves have stolen part of an ancient fresco from Pompeii, breaking in to a closed area of the UNESCO World Heritage landmark and chipping off a portrait of a Greek deity.

Bethlehem tries to lure more Christians back to Christ's birthplace

A Palestinian child dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag while standing in front of Israeli Border Police during a demonstration against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Al-Masara, near Bethlehem.

There's been something missing in the birthplace of Christianity: Christians.

Egypt bombing could end country's already fragile tourism industry

Deadly bus bombing in Taba.

Ruth Pollard errorism has returned to the wild and beautiful Sinai Peninsula, and the region that not long ago was one of Egypt’s most-visited destinations is facing a catastrophic collapse of its already...

Heavy rains cause damage in Pompeii

Two structures have collapsed following heavy rain in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, one the world's most renowned archeological parks.

Total rebuild

GOOD WEEKEND. Christchurch, 3 years on

Peter Robb Almost completely destroyed in the 2011 earthquake, central Christchurch is - very slowly - emerging anew.

Authorities divided on future of ancient Buddhas

Rod Nordland Thirteen years after the Bamiyan Buddhas were blasted into rubble, Afghanistan and UNESCO are at odds over whether or not to rebuild them.

Poachers attack redwood trees in California

Patricia Leigh Brown It was an unlikely crime scene: a steep trail used by bears leading to a still, ancient redwood grove.

500 homes destroyed by fire in Chile

The horizon was ablaze in Valparaiso, Chile on Saturday.

An uncontrollable wildfire in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso destroyed 500 homes and forced the evacuation of 3000 people.

Deadly fire in Chile forces 10,000 to evacuate

Deadly fire tears through Chilean city

Miguel Sanchez At least 16 people are confirmed dead and more than 10,000 have been evacuated after a huge fire tore through Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso.

Deadly Chile fire rages for third day

VALPARAISO, Chile, April 14 AFP - Firefighters backed by police and soldiers have battled for a third day a massive blaze that killed 12 people and ravaged a huge swath of Chile's historic port city...

Picasso grandson raffles $1m drawing to preserve ancient city

Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso, with the work for auction.

The 4700-year-old city of Tyre, assaulted by Egyptians and Babylonians, by Alexander the Great and the Crusaders, has found a defender with a famous lineage.

Defiant Abbas expected to win UN vote

Mahmoud Abbas

Ruth Pollard RAMALLAH: Openly defying the US President, Barack Obama, and facing down Israeli threats to abandon the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will submit a bid to the United Nations...

The benefits and risks of Abbas's historic moment

Mahmoud Abbas and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

WASHINGTON: The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, returns to the United Nations to seek an upgrade in status in the 193-member General Assembly to ''observer state'', a move...