Western Tourists Are Caught in Tajik Drama
Wall Street Journal
Australian tourist Brian Thompson stepped out of his hotel in the Tajik city of Khorog last Tuesday and saw teenagers running around in the streets, carrying fresh ammunition for the local fighters who had taken positions in the surrounding buildings.
Gunfire rang through the town as Tajik government forces tried to push across a strategic bridge to the center of the city, he said. “It was like the pictures you’d see out of Syria,” said Mr. Thompson, a 57-year-old from Perth. “At one stage, you’d have hundreds of people in the streets, calling for us to join them and drive the soldiers out, fists in the air.”
Eurozone woes drag on Ryanair fares
A man found guilty of sending a menacing tweet threatening to blow up an airport has won a challenge against his conviction.
Paul Chambers, 28, of Northern Ireland, was found guilty in May 2010 of sending a “menacing electronic communication”.
He was living in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, when he tweeted that he would blow up nearby Robin Hood Airport when it closed after heavy snow.
American to sell preferred seats via Priceline
American Airlines unveiled a seat-selection service Monday that is available at Priceline.com, in a rare example of an extra choice at a web site that compares tickets.
The service called Preferred Seats allows a customer to select a more desirable seat in the front of a cabin starting at $4 per flight. American is offering a 25% discount through Aug. 5, to introduce the option.
Airlines typically sell extra services such as seat assignments or food only through their own websites. What is unusual about this is that it’s available at a travel-agent site like Priceline.
Roller coaster strands dozen for 2 hours
A newly built roller coaster stalled 150 feet above ground Sunday afternoon, stranding a dozen riders for almost two hours at a Northern California amusement park, a park spokeswoman said.
The Superman Ultimate Flight roller coaster stopped at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the top of the ride, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom spokeswoman Nancy Chan told the Vallejo Times-Herald.
Vallejo firefighters arrived at about 3 p.m. A theme park crane equipped with a large personnel bucket was prepared to reach the riders.