Backpacking

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus pass by a newly weds kissing as they posing for wedding photos at the Olympic Forest Park in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2020. China reported three new cases of coronavirus, including just one case of local transmission in the capital Beijing, appearing to put the country where the virus was first detected late last year on course to eradicating it domestically, at least temporarily. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
July 02, 2020 - 10:35 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's number of coronavirus cases passed 600,000 on Thursday with the nation's infection curve rising and its testing capacity being increased. The 19,148 new cases reported in the past 24 hours raised the national total to 604,641, with nearly 100,000 of them in the past four...
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In this April, 2020, photo, stranded tourists rest at the Cafe Chill in Ella, a tourist hot spot about 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of the capital Colombo, Sri Lanka. When flights were canceled and airports shut down, cafe owner Darshana Ratnayake decided to organize free food and shelter for several dozen stranded tourists. “We were totally blown away,” one of the tourists, 31-year-old cruise line entertainment director Alex Degmetich, said of the gesture. 40 tourists were stranded in Ella after the Sri Lankan government imposed a nationwide curfew on March 20 to curb the spread of the virus, sealing off entire regions of the Indian Ocean island nation. (Cafe Chill via AP)
June 05, 2020 - 2:03 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The tourists came to see the magical waterfalls and mountain views of the lowland jungle and rainforest. But then the pandemic hit, and they were stranded in Sri Lanka. When flights were canceled and the airports shut down, Darshana Ratnayake came to the rescue. Ratnayake...
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Gillian Millane, mother of murdered British backpacker Grace, holds up a photo during her victim impact statement via video link from England, at the sentencing of the man found guilty of her murder at the Auckland High Court in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The killer, who has name suppression, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years. (Dean Purcel/New Zealand Herald via AP)
February 21, 2020 - 2:59 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering a young British backpacker, whose mother told the court the stealing of her daughter's life had ripped a hole in her heart. Grace Millane was strangled to death on her 22nd birthday in December...
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Parents of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane, Dave and Gillian react as they speak to the media outside the High Court, in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. A New Zealand jury found a man guilty of murder in the death of the 22-year-old British backpacker. (Jason Oxenham/New Zealand Herald via AP)
November 22, 2019 - 1:44 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder in the death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane. Millane died last December on her birthday after meeting the man through the dating app Tinder, going out for drinks with him, and then returning to...
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FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2005 file photo, clouds hang over the North Sentinel Island, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands. An American is believed to have been killed by an isolated Indian island tribe known to fire at outsiders with bows and arrows, Indian police said Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Police officer Vijay Singh said seven fishermen have been arrested for facilitating the American's visit to North Sentinel Island, where the killing apparently occurred. Visits to the island are heavily restricted by the government. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh, File)
November 21, 2018 - 6:57 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — John Allen Chau spent summers alone in a California cabin as a wilderness emergency responder, led backpacking expeditions in the Northwest's Cascade Mountains, almost lost his leg to a rattlesnake bite, and coached soccer for poor children in Iraq and South Africa. But kayaking to a...
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FILE - This March 2, 2017, file photo, shows then Lonely Planet CEO Daniel Houghton at a rooftop bar in in New York. Houghton took over the venerable travel publishing company Lonely Planet at age 24 in 2013. On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, the company said Houghton "has stepped away from Lonely Planet to take on a CEO role at another company." (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)
May 09, 2018 - 1:31 pm
The wunderkind CEO of Lonely Planet has departed, the company confirmed Wednesday, amid reports that the travel brand and guidebook publisher is up for sale. Daniel Houghton "has stepped away from Lonely Planet to take on a CEO role at another company," Lonely Planet spokeswoman Natalie Nicolson...
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Joshua Boyle is escorted by authorities to a media availability at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Boyle, his wife Caitlin Coleman, and their three children landed in Canada after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan while on a backpacking trip and held hostage for five years by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
October 13, 2017 - 11:50 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on the U.S.-Canadian family rescued from captivity (all times EDT): 11:35 p.m. Canadian ex-hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter in captivity and raped his wife. Boyle gave a statement after landing in Canada late Friday...
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This Sunday, April 16, 2017, photo provided by the National Park Service shows Tapeats Creek in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Authorities are searching for Jackson Standefer, 14, and Lou-Ann Merrell, 62, after the pair lost their footing Saturday and fell into the water during a family trip in a remote area of the Arizona park. (National Park Service via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 6:36 pm
Relatively few visitors even try to hike a rugged, remote area at the bottom of the Grand Canyon where the wife of the founder of Merrell Boot Co. and a teenager went missing last weekend, according to the National Park Service. Tapeats Creek, where Lou-Ann Merrell and Jackson Standefer, 14, lost...
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This undated photo provided by Mark McOmie shows Jackson Standefer. Authorities searched Grand Canyon National Park on Monday, April 17, 2017, for eighth-grader Standefer and his step-grandmother who were swept away as they tried to cross a creek during a family trip in a remote part of the park. Chief Ranger Matt Vandzura says the two lost their footing Saturday. (Mark McOmie via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 4:54 pm
The remote area at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where searchers are in a fourth day trying to find a missing woman and a teenager, attracts only about 3,500 backpackers each year, according to the National Park Service. Tapeats Creek, where Lou-Ann Merrell and Jackson Standefer lost their...
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This undated photo provided by Mark McOmie shows Jackson Standefer. Authorities searched Grand Canyon National Park on Monday, April 17, 2017, for eighth-grader Standefer and his step-grandmother who were swept away as they tried to cross a creek during a family trip in a remote part of the park. Chief Ranger Matt Vandzura says the two lost their footing Saturday. (Mark McOmie via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 5:58 pm
Authorities searched Grand Canyon National Park on Monday for a teenager and his stepgrandmother, the wife of one of the founders of a hiking boot company, who were swept away as they tried to cross a creek during a family trip in a remote part of the northern Arizona park. Two fellow hikers in...
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