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Eiffel Tower shuts as workers strike over long visitor queues

PARIS: Staff at the Eiffel Tower walked out on strike on Wednesday in a dispute over lengthening queues at the Paris landmark, forcing it to close during the peak summer tourist season. Talks between the CGT trade union and the tower’s management over a new access system - which according to workers was responsible for “monstrous” lines of visitors - reached deadlock on Wednesday afternoon, and the site closed at 4 pm (1400 GMT). It was not clear whether the strike would continue on Thursday. The new system, which…

Monkey snatches selfie-snapping visitor’s mobile

JAKARTA: A visitor to a scenic Indonesian coastline recorded a moment when monkey stole a cellphone from a tourist trying to take a selfie. The video, filmed earlier this month in Uluwatu, Bali, shows a woman standing next to a railing by the coast and attempting to take a selfie. A monkey sneaks up next to the woman and grabs the phone out of her hands. The woman calls out for help, but the monkey scampers away with the stolen phone. "A tourist was taking a selfie, and a monkey crept up behind her and snatched her…

VIDEO: Lion attacks tourist’s car at South African park

CAPE TOWN: A visitor to a South African national park was left shocked when a big cat charged at his car prompting other incoming vehicles to turn away for exercising exercise caution. But the visitor escaped what it could be a deadly lion attack. Mark Williams-Wynn, 29, whose video was posted to YouTube by Kruger Sightings, said he was driving on the H12, near Skukuza in Kruger National Park, when he came upon some vehicles watching a male and female lion in the road. He said the lion repeatedly attempted to mate with…

Mystery space object may be first confirmed interstellar visitor

LOS ANGELES: A small asteroid or comet that has been spotted racing through our solar system may have come from elsewhere in the galaxy, US space scientists say, possibly marking the first such interstellar visitor observed from Earth. The mystery object, so far known only as A/2017 U1, was discovered earlier this month by a researcher using a sophisticated telescope system at the University of Hawaii that continually scans the universe for such phenomenon. “We have been waiting for this day for decades,” said Paul…