Aerial photography of Sagrada Famila during daytime. [Photo/Unsplash]
>Best countries to visit
It has more than 3,000 miles of coastline, and no fewer than 48 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Now, Spain has been declared the best country in the world to visit.
For the third year running, it slid in just above France in the Travel & Tourism Competitive Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Germany, Japan and the US rounded out the top five.
The destinations are ranked by "travel readiness" at what the WEF calls a "tipping point" for the travel industry. The 90-strong criteria included infrastructure, safety and sustainable travel initiatives.
Culture, accommodation and value for money were also taken into account.
>Payment system uses hands
Forget the titanium Apple Card - Amazon's latest payment method uses flesh and blood.
The e-tailing giant's engineers are quietly testing scanners that can identify an individual human hand as a way to ring up a store purchase, with the goal of rolling them out at its Whole Foods supermarket chain in the coming months.
The system, code-named "Orville," will allow customers with Amazon Prime accounts to scan their hands at the store and link them to their credit or debit card.
It's accurate to within one ten-thousandth of 1%, the source said.
While a regular card transaction typically takes between three and four seconds, Amazon's new technology can process the charge in less than 300 milliseconds, a person familiar with the project said.
If successful, the technology could help encourage consumers to spend more when they visit Whole Foods.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London on Sept 2, 2019. [Photo/VCG]
>MPs reject election call
British lawmakers on Monday night voted to reject Prime Minister Boris Johnson's second bid for a snap general election again.
It is one of the parliament's last acts before being suspended on Monday evening for five weeks, per the order of Johnson.
It is the first time in more than 70 years a British government has suspended parliament when faced with opposition.
"This government will press on with negotiating a deal, while preparing to leave without one," Johnson said after the result of the vote on an early election. "I will go to that crucial summit on Oct 17 and no matter how many devices this parliament invents to tie my hands, I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest...This government will not delay Brexit any further."
The Queen has granted royal assent to the law which requires the prime minister to seek a Brexit extension, preventing a no-deal withdrawal.
Consumers buy vegetables at a supermarket. [Photo/China Daily]
>CPI up 2.8% in August
China's consumer price index (CPI) rose 2.8% year-on-year in August, the National Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday. The growth rate was unchanged from that in July. The CPI in urban and rural areas registered a year-on-year growth of 2.8% and 3.1%, respectively.
Food prices grew 10% year-on-year last month, up from 9.1% in July, while non-food prices gained 1.1%, 0.2 percentage points lower than that of July.
China's producer price index, which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, dropped 0.8% year-on-year in August.
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