July 7, 1985
For travelers who find themselves in the same dilemma as Nancy Belcher (June 9), being stranded in Penang, Malaysia, for want of a reservation on the International Express to Bangkok, several trains leave for Bangkok daily from Haddayi in southern Thailand. The accommodations are about half the price of those on the International Express, and spaces are almost always available, even a couple of hours before departure. A local train leaves Butterworth station around 8 a.m. for the four-hour trip to Haddayi, and you are guaranteed a spot on this train, though it may be standing.
October 30, 2009 |
They are the ships that fell from the sky; two immovable objects, their very presence defying reason. Residents call them acts of God. Most cannot fathom that the two ocean vessels were transported miles inland by floodwaters of the 2004 tsunami that ravaged this small city on Sumatra's northern tip. Miles apart, both have been left intact as memorials to the 170,000 residents of Aceh province who either died or disappeared in the catastrophe....
December 20, 2009 |
Passengers who had spent the night trapped in freezing temperatures in the English Channel tunnel emerged Saturday describing "a complete nightmare" in pitch-dark unheated trains without food or water. Four trains on the Eurostar line joining London and Paris broke down after entering the tunnel on the French coast Friday night, and a journey that should have taken less than three hours turned into a cold 11- to 16-hour marathon for more than 2,000 people. The first trickle of shivering passengers appeared Saturday morning at London's St. Pancras station and central London bus stations hungry, thirsty and angry.
May 16, 1989 |
A Cuban family stranded in Canada for five months in an immigration dispute learned Monday they have been granted political asylum and can head home to Florida. Carlos Fajardo, his wife, Bermaida, and her two children crossed into Niagara Falls, Ontario, on Dec. 23, while on a Christmas vacation to see snow. They were denied permission to re-enter the United States because they lacked proof of citizenship.
May 15, 1989 |
U.S. immigration officials have granted political asylum to a Cuban family from Florida that was stranded in Canada for nearly five months after a sightseeing trip, it was reported today. The Buffalo News said Carlos Fajardo and his family will return to the United States on Tuesday. The family has survived on charity in Niagara Falls and Ft. Erie, Ontario, while waiting for permission to reenter the United States. Their exile began Dec. 23 when, while on vacation, they traveled north to view snow and crossed into Canada.
January 31, 2009 |
A rare, 30-foot right whale had to be euthanized after it stranded itself on a remote North Carolina beach, officials said. Employees from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service have started a necropsy to try to determine why the 2-year-old whale stranded. It died Thursday. The whale was spotted by a pilot Monday. Rough weather hindered rescue efforts, but a veterinarian and others, ferried by a Coast Guard helicopter, reached the remote site Wednesday.