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Top tips for flying long-haul with young children
For most travelers, flying long haul with kids -- particularly babies -- stomps on any romantic notions of travel being about the journey, not the destination.


Assist America Case File
SITUATION: While traveling in Boca Raton, member fell in hotel room. Spouse called Assist America upon arrival at hospital and medical monitoring began...


Thousands in Moscow, St Petersburg rally in support of Russian speakers in Ukraine
Rallies and other actions in support of the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine have attracted thousands in Moscow, St Petersburg and other cities across Russia.


Thai crisis 'enters a new phase'
Tensions have eased in Bangkok after anti-government protesters recently withdrew from key intersections of the capital. But in a DW interview experts say the conflict has only shifted from the streets to the court room.


Assist America Case File
SITUATION: Member called in to advise she was involved in a motor-vehicle accident and suffered a fractured patella. Assist America monitored care throughout two week hospital stay.  Surgery performed...


Ukrainian police storm Kiev protest camp
Strictly avoid any crowds of protesters and large concentrations of police. Use alternate routes to avoid possible rally sites in major cities. Exercise caution and increased vigilance near other common protest sites. Immediately move to a secure area if a demonstration materializes. Seek shelter inside buildings if clashes erupt, but do not relocate to underground metro stations, where tear gas vapors could concentrate. Maintain contact with your diplomatic mission.


Would fliers pay extra for an overhead bin or an empty middle seat?
Recent surveys reinforce what you already know and likely fume about: Fliers hate baggage fees more than any other fee tacked on to airfares.


Indian authorities clarify OPV requirements for Indian nationals and nationals of select polio-affected countries
The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) has clarified the country's new regulations requiring oral polio vaccine (OPV) for travelers from certain poliovirus-affected countries.


Floods cause chaos across Greater Jakarta
The floods returned on Wednesday after incessant rain hit the capital overnight, forcing hundreds of residents to wade back to evacuation shelters.


Sochi Games 2014: Security Update
Amid an unprecedented level of concern about the threat of terrorism surrounding the Sochi Olympics, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach expressed "full confidence" in Russia's ability to deliver safe winter Games.


Passengers face travel chaos as Europe wide air control strikes to hit flights in next two days
Airline passengers may face travel disruption over the next two days due to expected strikes across European Air Traffic Control services.


Thailand: Large-Scale Violence Feared in Run-Up to Polls
Blood was split in the streets of Bangkok once again on Sunday. With disputed general elections set to commence in a week’s time, antigovernment demonstrators loyal to the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) clashed with supporters of Prime Minster’s Yingluck Shinawatra’s embattled administration leaving at least one PDRC protest leader dead and another 11 demonstrators injured.


Potentially Major Winter Storm to Bring Snow, Ice to Gulf Coast, Georgia and Carolinas
This highly unusual situation will likely result in serious transport problems in areas that are unaccustomed to dealing with significant winter weather and lack adequate resources to keep roads clear. Icing will present the biggest hazard in most areas under NWS advisories.


Protests Continue to Escalate in Ukraine
Violent protests in Ukraine have spread beyond the capital, Kiev, as President Viktor Yanukovych held crisis talks with three key opposition leaders.


More Flooding Likley in Jakarta, Indonesia with Heavy Rainfall Forecast
Heavy flooding is likely to continue in Jakarta through at least early February, when the rainy season is predicted to peak.


Gatherings banned in Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 23; rallies likely to continue. Police planning to arrest protest leaders; arrests could prompt violence
Government officials banned all gatherings of five or more people perceived to be trying to "incite unrest" Jan. 23 in Bangkok under the state of emergency, which was implemented a day prior.


Winter Storm Kronos Forecast: Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain in Texas and Louisiana
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been issued for over 10 million from central Texas to western and central Louisiana in anticipation of the quick-hitting disturbance associated with Kronos.


State of Emergency in Thailand
Authorities in Thailand imposed a state of emergency in an attempt to regain control of Bangkok after more than a week of mass street demonstrations by anti-government protesters aimed at toppling the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.


Anti-World Cup march planned in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Several labor groups plan to march Jan. 22 to protest President Dilma Rousseff's inauguration of the Arena das Dunas World Cup soccer stadium in Natal.