How to get away from cruise ship crowds

Canadian Tammy Cecco wasn’t a fan of cruising. “The thought of being on a ship with thousands of other people and not being able to get off,” she said, “was something that I wanted to avoid.” That didn’t change when Cecco, a travel magazine publisher, boarded a surprise cruise booked by her husband to renew … Read more

Spain: Police raid home of suspect in church machete attacks

ALGECIRAS, Spain (AP) — Spanish police on Thursday raided the home of a young Moroccan man held over the machete attacks at two Catholic churches the previous night that left a church officer dead and a priest injured in the southern city of Algeciras. A police investigation directed by a National Court judge considers Wednesday’s … Read more

Ancient cave full of bones is first evidence of human ritual

Neanderthals preserved the upper portion of the skulls, saving the appendages, archaeologists said. Javier Trueba MSF Click on the Facebook page of someone who hunts, and you might find a picture of them dressed in camo with black face paint streaked under their eyes, grinning while holding up the head of a buck. New evidence … Read more

Spain: 1 dead in church machete attacks, terror link probed

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A machete-wielding man killed a sexton and injured a priest in attacks at two churches in the city of Algeciras on Wednesday before being arrested, Spain’s interior ministry said, in what authorities are investigating as a possible act of terrorism. The suspect was arrested in the southern city and is in … Read more

Spanish Police Arrest Suspect in Mystery of Ukraine Embassy Letter Bombs

Spanish authorities have reportedly nabbed a suspect behind a spate of letter bombs sent to targets including the Ukrainian ambassador and Spanish prime minister: a 74-year-old man described by law enforcement sources as “lonely” and “strange.” The news, reported by local outlets El Pais, ABC, and La Sexta, comes more than a month after the … Read more

Spain’s María Morera declared world’s oldest living person

That’s a lot of birthday candles to tweet. María Branyas Morera of Spain, who — was verified as being the oldest living person at 115 years and 321 days old, is an active Twitter user, according to Guinness World Records. The spry senior’s Twitter bio reads, “I am old, very old, but not an idiot,” … Read more

Dani Alves jailed in Spain for alleged sexual assault

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves was arrested Friday after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Spain and a judge later denied bail for the former Barcelona defender. The alleged assault took place on Dec. 31 at a night club in Barcelona, police told The Associated Press. Alves was taken … Read more

New bird flu pandemic fears as top virologists sound alarm over ‘worrisome’ spread

Fears of a potentially devastating bird flu pandemic were heightened today after a ‘worrisome’ outbreak among mink. Top virologists from across the world have sounded the alarm after tests confirmed the H5N1 strain was spreading between mammals. It raises the prospect that the pathogen could acquire troublesome mutations that allow it to spread much easier … Read more

Australian Medical Association calls for $814m annual sugar tax on soft drinks

Doctors are calling on the Federal Government to slug Australians with a sugar tax on soft drinks, which would rake in $814 million annually. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is pushing for the introduction of a 16 cent levy for a regular can of soft drink as a way to tackle obesity cases and raise … Read more

Scholz holds key to Leopards for Ukraine, but waits for Biden – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN/DAVOS — International efforts to ship Ukraine modern tanks may hinge on Germany — but it’s waiting for the U.S. to move first, which isn’t happening. Ahead of a meeting of Western defense ministers this Friday at the U.S. Ramstein air base in Germany, Chancellor … Read more