World Briefs: Global tourism 'rose despite terror fears'

Global tourism 'rose despite terror fears'

MADRID • The number ofinternational tourists rose by 4.4 per cent globally last year to hit a record 1.18 billion, despite concerns over terrorism, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation said yesterday.

Tourism arrivals were up by 5 per cent in Europe, the Asia-Pacific and Americas, but fell by 8 per cent in North Africa, where some nations were hit by terrorist attacks.


Hunt for Palestinianover killing of Israeli

JERUSALEM • Israeli security forces yesterday hunted for a Palestinian suspect accused of breaking into a family's home and stabbing an Israeli woman to death in the occupied West Bank.

While the killing was the latest in a wave of violence, it was the first inside a Jewish settlement home, provoking fears that the attacks were worsening and Israel would impose a harsh security crackdown on Palestinians.


Rocket flubs landingafter satellite launch

VANDENBERG AIR FORCEBASE (California) • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Sunday and put a climate-monitoring satellite into orbit, but botched a return landing on a platform at sea, officials said.

The first stage of the rocket made it back to the platform in the Pacific Ocean, but one of the rocket's landing legs failed to latch into position, SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk wrote on Twitter.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe