London set for 48-hour tube strike, MERS virus spreads to Egypt, stars head to the Indian Oscars


Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: thousands of commuters are set for travel chaos from 9pm on Monday as London Underground staff walk out over ticket office closures, the deadly MERS virus is confirmed in Egypt, and international stars head to Florida for the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards.

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48-hour tube strike set to hit London
On Monday evening a 48-hour tube strike is set to begin in London. The walk-out by London Underground employees is due to start at 9pm and is in protest at plans to close ticket offices. Disruption could last until Thursday morning rush hour. Transport for London has issued a document of advice for travellers available on its website. Read more:

Bizarre items from Yanukovych’s palace go on display in Kyiv
The National Art Museum in Kyiv is holding an exhibition of items from the luxurious private estate of ousted president Viktor Yanukovych. Hundreds of exhibits ranging from artistic pieces to kitsch items are on display, including bizarre portraits of the ex-president, gilded clocks, antique rifles, huge crocodile skins and even a certificate to prove that Yanukovych has a star named after him. Read more:

Annual Science Festival in Bulgaria’s capital
The annual Sofia Science Festival will be held from 8 to 11 May. The festival is supported by Bulgaria’s Ministry of Education and Science and its programme has been developed to attract visitors of all ages. Read more:

Excavation dates birth of Istanbul as 6500 BC
An excavation along a subway route in Istanbul has unearthed footprints and wooden tombs that appear to make Istanbul far older than previously thought. Experts had dated Istanbul at 2500 years old, however the finds are thought to date from 6000–6500 BC. Read more:

Far-right protest march halted by anti-fascist activists
Around 5000 neo-Nazi protestors in Berlin were prevented from entering the multicultural Kreuzberg area of the city by anti-fascist activists on Saturday. The far-right demonstrators, who were marching for ‘a clean, orderly and German Kreuzberg’, are planning a second march on Thursday 1 May through Berlin’s Neukölln area. More than 1600 riot police attended Saturday’s rally, 17 of whom were injured in clashes with protesters. Read more:

Prehistoric ‘Romeo & Juliet’ on display in Mantua
A pair of neolithic skeletons, buried together in a close embrace over 6000 years ago and rediscovered in 2007 in Valdaro, have been put …read more


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