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Surfer killed in shark attack on Australia's tourist Gold Coast

September 09, 2020 12:47 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - A 46-year-old Australian surfer died after being attacked by a shark on a popular Gold Coast beach, the first fatal shark attack on the beach in 62 years and despite protective "shark nets" and drumlines offshore.

'A bit surreal': The lonely plight of the Great Barrier Reef

August 23, 2020 11:48 AM

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA (NYTIMES) - Diving beneath the ocean, Russell Hosp swam toward the limestone bed of the Great Barrier Reef, where he reattached bits of blue staghorn coral. With tourists gone, he was filling the void with this small act of conservation, which took his mind off the uncertain future on land.

Sham Shui Po's charm offensive Field notes

May 25, 2019 5:00 AM

Ask cafe owner Michael Tam, 32, about the Kowloon neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po and he will tell you childhood memories of busy streets, sidewalks lined with goods bound for, or from, China, and people flocking there for colourful beads, buttons and belt buckles.

'Beckoning cat' of Japan's famous castle helps tourism recover after natural disasters

April 07, 2019 11:16 AM

OKAYAMA, JAPAN (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A feline "lord" of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, is contributing to a recovery in tourism that was dealt a heavy hit from natural disasters last summer.

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