Travel news: Egypt travel warning, green Grand Canyon train, China’s chocolate warriors

The Caingorms. Photo: DaGoaty, CC BY 2.0

Today, Lonely Planet’s Destination Editors have scoured the web and curated some of the top stories from around the world: the UK Foreign Office has issued a new travel warning for Egypt ahead of the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, the Grand Canyon is set to get a new steam train powered by sustainable fuel and China’s first chocolate theme park brings a miniature Terracotta Warrior Army to Chongqing in cocoa.

Stories by Lonely Planet’s Europe Destination Editors: Jo Cooke, James Smart, Brana Vladisavljevic, Kate Morgan and Gemma Graham.

The Caingorms. Photo: DaGoaty, CC BY 2.0

Scotland had glaciers in the 1700s
An analysis of rocks in the Cairngorms suggests Scotland had glaciers until the 1700s – 11,000 years later than previously thought. The 1700s were part of a period of cooling called the Little Ice Age, during which snow covered the Scottish mountains year-round and the Thames froze in Winter – there are even accounts of Inuit people arriving in Orkney at this time. Source

Five dead & 300 injured in violent clashes on the streets of Kyiv
Five protesters were killed (four by gunshot wounds) and over 300 injured in yesterday’s violent clashes with police on the streets of Kyiv‎. The main scene of clashes is Hrushevskoho St, which resembles a war zone, with barricades, Molotov cocktails, tear gas and stun grenades. This is the culmination of two months of antigovernment protests in Ukraine, and the violence is likely to continue. Source

Search for suspected suicide bomber underway in Sochi area
A search for a suspected female suicide bomber is underway in the Sochi area. Russian police are looking for a young woman from Dagestan, allegedly connected to Islamist militants, who is believed to have entered Sochi earlier this month despite strict security measures. Source

Thames cable car is struggling
The Emirates Air Line, the cable car that connects North Greenwich with the Royal Docks in East London only made £5.4 million in tickets in the second half of last year – it was expected to make £8.3 million. The link opened in time for the London Olympics in 2012, but Travelcards are not valid on the service, which has been criticised as an expensive vanity project. Source

Film festival celebrating Sámi culture gets underway in Finland
Skábmagovat Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival kicks off today in Inari in Finland. Running until 27 January, the festival showcases Sámi films and TV programmes and takes place in the beautiful open air Northern Lights Theater, made entirely of snow and set in lush pine forest. Source

German zoo reveals its newest addition: a koala
Duisburg Zoo in western Germany has introduced a baby koala to the public at its official weigh-in. The joey, born on 2 July, weighs just 350g and doesn’t have a name yet, but the zoo is asking for suggestions on its official Facebook page. Source

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