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LONDON - Euromonitor International unveiled today the Top 100 City Destinations Ranking 2017 Edition1 at World Travel Market (WTM) London, the leading travel and tourism event worldwide.

This year's report highlights how future travel trends are borne out of the opportunities and challenges cities face.

On the contrary, the performance of European cities has been hampered by the Eurozone and migrants' crisis, as well as Brexit and terrorist attacks. 

Despite the uncertainty, some European destinations, in particular Greece, Italy and Spain, have profited from unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Performance in the MENA region has fluctuated greatly in recent years, however, Euromonitor forecast data shows a recovery for the region in 2017 and beyond.

While MENA's main challenges remain wars and border disputes, Sub-Saharan Africa is looking to do the reverse: opening borders and enhancing collaboration with the African Union for a plan towards seamless borders.

In stark contrast to Africa, the plans towards stronger border controls might weigh heavily on America's tourist arrival growth. According to Euromonitor International's Travel Forecast Model, if the US

GENEVA - Myanmar security forces have brutally driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday.

Jyoti Sanghera, head of the Asia and Pacific region of the U.N. human rights office, called on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to "stop the violence" and voiced fear that if the stateless Rohingya refugees return from Bangladesh they may be interned.

"If

PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia is expected to highlight the plight of the ethnic minority Rohingya in the Rakhine state at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (72nd UNGA).

It will be among the highlights to be brought to the attention by Malaysia's Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman who will deliver Malaysia's National Statement at the UNGA meet.

In a statement today, Wisma Putra said during the assembly in New York from today to Sept 26, Anifah would also highlight the

PETALING JAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has condemned the bombings at churches in Tanta and Alexandria in Egypt on Sunday which killed dozens of worshipers.

"I am disgusted by the cowardly attacks on churches in Tanta and Alexandria.

"At this time of mourning, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost and the Egyptian people,” the Prime Minister said.

"These attacks are yet another reminder of the threat of violent extremism. We must never surrender, and each atrocity

MANILA - Several Malaysian proposals at the 11th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) here have been well-received by member states, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

This showed that Malaysia’s voice was being heard and respected by Asean member countries, he added.

Malaysia formally handed over the chairmanship of the 10th AMMTC to the Philippines yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia would continue to actively contribute to the AMMTC.

Dr

UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL - The United Nations Security Council will vote on Friday on a U.S. and Chinese proposal to blacklist more North Korean individuals and entities after the country's repeated ballistic missile launches, diplomats said on Thursday.

The draft resolution, seen by Reuters, would sanction four entities, including the Koryo Bank and Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People's Army, and 14 people, including Cho Il U, who is believed to head North Korea's overseas spying

KUALA LUMPUR - The identity of the North Korean citizen killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Feb 13 was confirmed as Kim Jong-nam based on fingerprint data obtained from a database belonging to China's authorities.

Records of Jong-nam's fingerprints were kept by authorities in Macau after the deceased and his family lived in multiple undisclosed locations there for their safety.

"Confirmation through fingerprint database is part of the process in identifying the victim in

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