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Today’s Top Story

British Muslim minister detained at U.S. airport
Britain’s first Muslim government minister said he was “deeply disappointed” Monday after his luggage was searched for explosives at a United States airport as he returned from official talks. (AFP)

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What’s New On Tripso

Is cruising right for you?
Never been on a cruise before? Then you probably have some questions. Like, “Will I get seasick, gain weight, or go crazy cooped up on the ship?” And, “What do I wear, who does the laundry, and how much should I tip?” Here are answers to seven newcomers’ queries from our cruise maven, Anita Dunham-Potter. Anita is cruising in the Mediterranean this week with only occasional Internet access, so we reprint this column from 2006. (Anita Dunham-Potter)

From Tripso’s Forums: A recent discussion on touring Paris brought this response: “Although the sightseeing is fantastic… my best times were when I was living the city, not just visiting it.” Join the discussion.

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More travel news

Tropical Storm Noel called major flood threat
Tropical Storm Noel’s top winds began weakening this morning, but the heavy rains dumped on Haiti and the Dominican Republic flooded roads and homes as the storm moved westward across the Caribbean Sea. (CNN)

Taking the fastest way to the islands
Where you go for your Caribbean vacation is usually decided by which islands have nonstop flights from your hometown. Here is a rundown on the key new flights this season. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)

Cruise lines have the trip, if you have the time
More lines are launching extended itineraries that traverse the farthest reaches of the globe. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)

Oil rises to record above $93 a barrel
Oil prices spiked above $93 a barrel to a new trading high Monday before falling back, propelled by news that Mexico’s state oil company was suspending about a fifth of its oil production due to a storm. (AP)

BA admits baggage charges ‘too high’
British Airways is backing down on controversial charges for second bags and extra bag weight introduced in February, reducing the cost of taking an extra bag on board on long-haul flights from £120 to £75, and relaxing weight allowances. (Times Online)

Today’s Travel Blogs

Why ‘airline comfort’ is an oxymoron
As airlines reported sky-high third quarter profits, their customers endured long lines and cramped flights. Travelers can expect more of the same. (Smarter Travel)

Back to basics: traveling with your jewels
Jewelry can make an outfit, no doubt about it. But when your traveling, bringing your precious jewelry along means giving a lot of thought to keeping it safe. (Fly Away Cafe)

Europe loves ‘free’ bikes
We know all about Paris’ Velib bike rental program, but as it turns out, the City of Light isn’t the only European destination with a biking obsession. Barcelona, Seville and Stockholm all have bike rentals available, though the Spanish programs seem like a bit more of a hassle than they might be worth. (Jaunted)

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