LONDON'S BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR REPAIR
The iconic Tower Bridge, one of London's most famous sights, will be closed to road traffic for three months starting Oct 1 for structural repair and maintenance works.
Pedestrians can still visit the bridge daily, except for three weekends during the closure period. The viewing gallery will also remain open.
A free ferry service across the River Thames will be provided for pedestrians when the bridge is completely closed.
More than 40,000 people cross the 122-year-old Tower Bridge daily, including 21,000 vehicles.
TURKEY SINKS JET TO BOOST DIVE TOURISM
Turkish authorities have sunk an A300 Airbus jet off a resort on the Aegean Sea with the aim of boosting diving tourism in the region.
The giant plane was put to the bottom of the sea on Saturday off the popular resort of Kusadasi in Aydin province, the Dogan and Cihan news agencies reported.
Hundreds of people watched the sinking, which took more than two hours.
The sinking of the plane - with a wingspan of 44m and a length of 54m - is aimed at promoting artificial reef diving, which is popular with experienced divers.
The sunken plane acts like a reef, becoming a magnet for underwater flora and fauna.
PARIS HOTEL REOPENS AFTER 4 YEARS
The landmark Paris Ritz hotel has reopened its palatial doors to guests this week, after nearly four years of renovations and a major fire.
The classically styled hotel, owned by Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed, has undergone an overhaul after promising a "legend to be reborn" when it closed for the works in 2012.
The Ritz, situated on the swanky Place Vendome, will have 142 rooms and suites, compared to 159 previously, but not all of them will be immediately available as finishing touches are still being made.
The hotel was supposed to reopen in March but a fire ravaged a section of the building in January, delaying the plans.