BERLIN (Reuters) - Fancy a holiday in Yemen? What about Libya? Iraq, perhaps?
It's a tough sell, but tour operators from locations considered among the world's most dangerous have been trying to drum up interest at the world's biggest travel fair, the ITB Berlin in the German capital.
Their brochures offer tantalizing views of exotic souks, ancient ruins and breathtaking natural scenery, but curious visitors usually end up asking about the latest footage of violence and unrest they've seen on the television news.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - "God is here, God is here," croons Singapore church official Sun Ho as she struts across a neon-lit stage and thousands of people in the congregation pump their hands and sing along.
Ho Kong Hee, the church's founding pastor and Sun Ho's husband, then takes the stage. In keeping with the electrifying mood, he invites his followers to speak "in tongues" and a pulsing murmur echoes through the auditorium of 8,000 people.
During the service, ushers hand out envelopes for donations, which consume at least a tenth of the salaries of most church members, going to fund different ministries, mission trips and special events.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Modern fusion is the hallmark of Singaporean chef Justin Quek but tradition and technique are his unshakable foundation as he reinvents Asian favorites with French flavors and flair.
Quek, principal chef at the tony Sky on 57 restaurant atop the Marina Bay Sands casino resort in Singapore, fell into his career by accident. Wanting to travel as a young man, he took a job on a merchant ship and ended up as a steward in the galley.
Southern University's Music Professor Joao Casarotti will be one of two judges participating in an international piano evaluation in Taiwan this summer.
Casarotti will join the International Piano Performance Examinations Committee (IPPE) traveling through Taiwan evaluating around 1,200 pianists ranging from the ages of five to 25.
"I am super excited for this invitation. I will be emerged in the Asian piano world. I will be meeting hundreds of students and piano teachers around Taiwan," Casarotti says.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - At the start of his Asian business development trip, Gov. Bobby Jindal has met with the president of Taiwan and executives from Formosa Plastics Corp.
The Republican governor's office said Jindal and President Ma Ying-jeou talked about shared economic interests between Louisiana and Taiwan, which imports agricultural, energy and chemical products from the state.
Formosa has a plant in Baton Rouge. Jindal's office said the governor and leaders of the company talked about possible growth in Louisiana.
Jindal left Saturday for the week-long trip, which also will take him to Japan and South Korea. It's the governor's first overseas economic development mission in office.
He said he'll be meeting with leaders of 10 companies in the energy, chemical and manufacturing industries, most of which are considering projects in Louisiana.