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Cops: Tourist Falls 150 Feet Escaping Harasser

NYC's Hannah Gavios says Thai 'guide' assaulted her

(Newser) - A 23-year-old US tourist lost in Thailand asked for assistance getting back to her resort Thursday night, and a local offered to help. But that local is now in custody and the woman is in the hospital with serious injuries after she says she was forced to flee when he... More »

Chinese Tourist Loses Wallet, Becomes Unwitting Refugee

He said Europe was not what he'd expected

(Newser) - A well-dressed tourist visiting Germany from China was robbed in Heidelberg, but he filled out the wrong set of paperwork in an attempt to report the crime. Known only as Mr. L and fluent only in Mandarin, he went to the town hall instead of the police station, signed an... More »

Man Dies While Posing for Photo at Machu Picchu

He fell down a ravine in a restricted area

(Newser) - It wasn't quite death-by-selfie , but it wasn't far off. Peru This Week reports that a German tourist died Wednesday while posing for a photo at Peru's famed Machu Picchu site. Oliver Park, 51, went into a restricted area of the mountainous tourist locale in the Andes, despite... More »

Irritated Elk Charges Yellowstone Tourist

Animal charged after woman kept creeping closer and closer with her camera

(Newser) - First we had Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. the elephant ; now, Yellowstone tourist vs. the elk. Yellowstone's wildlife rules are clear: Stay at least 25 yards away from large animals, quadruple that for bears and wolves. But one woman ignored that Sunday and got too close for an elk's comfort—... More »

Tourist Shatters Historic Statue in 'Boneheaded' Selfie Attempt

24-year-old awaits trial

(Newser) - Portugal's revered King Sebastiao, also known as the child king, was crowned as a 3-year-old when his grandfather died in 1557. His father, having died two weeks before his birth, never got to meet the near-mythical figure. And now, reports the International Business Times , tourists are being denied a... More »

'Rambo' the Elephant Gores Tourist to Death on Thai Trek

Hot weather may have played role in agitating elephant that killed Scottish man

(Newser) - A Scottish tourist was gored to death by an elephant that he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the resort island of Samui, Thai authorities tell the AP . A police lieutenant says the animal threw Gareth Crowe and Eilidh Hughes to the ground during a trek on Monday. The... More »

India: US Tourist Dead After Falling Into Rice Paddy

Villagers could not understand his English and apparently mistook him for a thief

(Newser) - An American tourist died earlier this week after a mob of Indian villagers mistook him for a thief and chased him until he fell into a swampy rice paddy, where he choked on muddy water, local police said Thursday. The tourist, identified by his passport as 30-year-old Caitanya Holt, was... More »

Plane Fears Strand Thousands of Tourists in Egypt

There've been some holdups

(Newser) - British PM David Cameron stopped flights to and from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort city Wednesday as investigations continued into the crash of Flight 9268 . Now the UK is scrambling to retrieve roughly 20,000 citizens from the Sinai Peninsula—a plan that Reuters says has been "thrown into... More »

Giddy Tourists Stop Huge Turtle Army From Nesting

Olive ridley sea turtles are forced to turn back

(Newser) - A huge swarm of sea turtles emerged on the Costa Rican shore earlier this month to lay eggs, like they do every year. Only problem: Thousands of tourists were there too, getting in the way, prancing around for photos, and even placing their kids on the creatures' backs, Gizmodo reports.... More »

US Sisters Take Bare-Butt Photos at Sacred Temple

And then swiftly get put on a bus from Cambodia to Thailand

(Newser) - When visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking pictures seems a given—taking pictures of one's bare butt, less so. Two American sisters were deported from Cambodia late Saturday night after being caught taking nude photos at the Angkor temple complex the day prior. A senior heritage police official'... More »

Man's Desert Sex Costs Him $250K

Peter Cousins racks up an impressive medical bill after heart attack

(Newser) - A British couple's decision to make love at a Nevada hot spring has resulted in a $250,000 medical bill. Peter Cousins and Dawn Reed, who were traveling around the world, decided to have sex at the spot, which was 60 miles from the nearest phone signal—and it... More »

Venice Wants to Outlaw Your Rolling Suitcase

Tourists with wheeled suitcases could face $620 fine under proposal

(Newser) - You may need to ditch your rolling suitcase if you plan on visiting Venice in the future. Under a new proposal introduced yesterday, the Italian city would fine tourists caught with a suitcase on plastic or hard rubber wheels up to $620 beginning in May, the Local reports. Apparently the... More »

Thailand: US Man Tried to Mail Baby's Skull to Vegas

Unnamed American hasn't been charged with any crime

(Newser) - Upon questioning, a US tourist told Thai police he'd made a gruesome purchase at a flea market: He claimed to have obtained a baby's skull, heart, and foot along with tattooed skin for $100, police say. The unnamed man allegedly tried to ship the body parts to the... More »

Thailand Stumped as DNA Clears 12 in Tourist Slayings

Cops 'really don't know where to look now'

(Newser) - DNA tests have thrown Thai authorities a goose egg in their quest to solve the savage murders of two British tourists. Semen from two different men was found on the body of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, reports the BBC , but analysis revealed that while both sets matched DNA pulled from a... More »

2 Tourists Found Dead on Thai Beach

'Gruesome' attack likely carried out with hoe: officials

(Newser) - In what police call a "very gruesome" case, a pair of British tourists have been found dead today on an island in Thailand, apparently beaten with a nearby hoe that was covered in blood, the AP reports. A 24-year-old man and 23-year-old woman were discovered, mostly naked, on a... More »

Punishment for Brooklyn Bridge Climber: Cleaning It?

Judge sees jail time as inappropriate for accused tourist Yaroslav Kolchin

(Newser) - For a Russian tourist who's accused of climbing the Brooklyn Bridge, the punishment may fit the crime. Prosecutors suggested a deal involving 90 days in jail for Yaroslav Kolchin, but judge ShawnDya L. Simpson doesn't think that's a great idea. Instead, she suggested he be required to... More »

After Tourist Boat Sinks, an Amazing Tale of Survival

Boat was traveling between Indonesian islands when struck reef

(Newser) - When a tourist boat sank off the coast of Indonesia on Saturday, 25 people went into the water. One group of 10 survivors had to swim six or seven hours, eat leaves, drink their own urine, and dodge an erupting volcano on an island; the second group of 13 survived... More »

Militants in Egypt Hit New Target: S. Korean Tourists

Bus carrying foreigners bombed near Israel border, killing 4

(Newser) - An explosion on a bus carrying South Korean tourists in Egypt yesterday left three South Koreans and the Egyptian driver dead, al Jazeera reports. At least 13 others were wounded in the attack on the bus, whose riders, a South Korean church group, had visited a Greek Orthodox monastery in... More »

Hawaii Town: No More Tourists, Please

Kailua tired of being overrun with vacationers

(Newser) - Kailua has beautiful white sand beaches, charming bed-and-breakfasts, and is nice enough to be President Obama's chosen Christmas vacation spot each year. But the Hawaiian town would like you to stay away. The neighborhood board of the Honolulu suburb is requesting that a state tourism agency stop pushing it... More »

Tourist Crushed to Death in Venice Gondola Crash

3-year-old girl also hospitalized

(Newser) - A German tourist was crushed to death today after the gondola he was riding in collided with a larger boat ferrying passengers along Venice's Grand Canal, authorities say. A police spokeswoman says the vaporetto, or the public "water bus" that plies Venice's canals, was docking and apparently... More »

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