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US Mint closes public tour at Philadelphia plant

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Mint announced today that the public tour at its production plant in Philadelphia is closed for renovations.

Missing cobra prompts closure of Bronx Zoo

New York - A venomous Egyptian cobra went missing from New York's Bronx Zoo, prompting the closure of the zoo's reptile house until further notice.

One of China’s five sacred mountains closed to tourists

XI'AN - Huashan Mountain, known as one of China's five sacred mountains, has been closed to tourists, after a rain-triggered landslide blocked the main road leading to the mountain's cableway Tuesday

Auschwitz memorial site closed due to heavy flooding in central Europe

WARSAW, Poland – Flooding in southern Poland has killed at least five people, and officials closed the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site on Tuesday to protect its Holocaust archives and artifacts.

London’s Heathrow, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airports shut down due to volcanic ash

LONDON – Two of Europe's busiest airports closed early Monday morning as a dense cloud of volcanic ash drifted from Iceland, aviation authorities said.

Christ the Redeemer statue closed indefinitely after heavy rains

RIO DE JANEIRO – Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue will be closed indefinitely because of damage to access roads from heavy rains last week, authorities said Tuesday.

Burj Dubai tower closure disappoints tourists

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The world's tallest skyscraper has unexpectedly closed to the public a month after its lavish opening, disappointing tourists headed for the observation deck and castin

Flood damage shuts Machu Picchu for at least three weeks

The fabled Inca site of Machu Picchu will be closed to tourists for at least three weeks – and shut off from all but the hardiest of visitors for almost two months – as Peruvian authorities assess

Hotel is stealing sand, quick, close the beach!

MEXICO CITY – Surprised tourists found their little piece of Cancún beach paradise ringed by crime-scene tape and gun-toting sailors this week.

Thailand shuts tourist spots after fatal clashes

Thai authorities have closed indefinitely tourist spots near the Preah Vihear temple as Thai and Cambodian soldiers clashed twice in the vicinity on Friday, leaving two Thai and two Cambodian soldiers

Tadoba gates to close for tourists

Nagpur - In a shock to wildlife buffs, principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife), Maharashtra, has ordered closure of the high-profile

SAS airline says Swedish prosecutor closes turboprop investigation

Stockholm, Sweden - Scandinavian airline operator SAS AB said Thursday that a Swedish prosecutor has decided to close an investigation into whether the company put its passengers at risk during turboprop accidents in Denmark and in Lithuania.

China reverses plan to reopen Tibet to tourism

The Chinese authorities appear to have U-turned on plans to allow foreigners back into Tibet next month amid fears that protesters could disrupt the Olympic flame's trip to the summit of Everest.Their decision comes in the wake of demonstrations which have dogged the torch relay on its passage through London, Paris and San Francisco and look set to continue in other cities.