Hot in travel: this week's top stories from around the world

This week's top stories include the tragedy in Egypt as a Russian plane carrying tourists crashed in the country, a new addition to Sweden's Icehotel, Bonfire Night in the UK and more.

People gathered to lay flowers in memory of the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg.

People gathered to lay flowers in memory of the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg. Image by AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev

Fears of terrorism left thousands of tourists stranded in Egypt, after a Russian plane carrying 224 people leaving the popular resort Sharm el-Sheikh crashed on Saturday. While it was initially unclear what caused the crash, the British and US governments have now noted that a terrorist act was a likely culprit. Plans to get tourists out of the area have been riddled with confusion. Britain had intended 29 flights to head into the Egypt to help get people home, but only with hand luggage. However, media reports now indicate that only 8 planes will be allowed by Egyptian authorities due to capacity. Russia has just announced it will suspend its passenger flights into Egypt.

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A KFC Halal in Iran has been closed down in under two days

A KFC Halal in Iran has been closed down in under two days Image by Sobhan Hassanvand

A thawing of diplomatic relations between Iran and the US was not enough to keep a KFC fast food restaurant open in the Islamic Republic. The American franchise KFC has declined to say whether it is affiliated with the KFC Halal operation, which opened on Sunday and was closed by Tuesday. Read more here.

A conceptual drawing of a year-round addition to Sweden's famous Icehotel.

A conceptual drawing of a year-round addition to Sweden's famous Icehotel. Image by PinPinStudio

A new addition to Sweden’s famous Icehotel could see the sub-zero experience extend to a year-round attraction. The existing Icehotel melts away each spring, but a new permanent, solar-powered addition would create an icy structure with 20 suites and a bar underneath the constant Northern summer sun. Read more here.

A court ruling has made it legal for 4 people to grow their own marijuana in Mexico

A court ruling has made it legal for 4 people to grow their own marijuana in Mexico Image by Katheirne Hitt / CC BY 2.0

A court decision in Mexico could lead to legalising the personal use of marijuana. The Supreme Court allowed four people, who brought a case to the court, to grow their own marijuana. Some people in Mexico feel legalisation could minimize the impact of drug cartels in the country. Read more here.

Men prepare food in a pantry car

Men prepare food in a pantry car Image by Ajay Tallam / CC BY 2.0

Pantry cars on trains in India will soon be phased out and travellers who are attached to the cultural and sentimental value of food on trains will be disappointed. Northern Railway will get rid of its pantry cars and will move towards takeout options, e-catering and more European cuisine. Read more here.

Prime Minister David Cameron being paraded through the town of Lewes in East Sussex.

Prime Minister David Cameron being paraded through the town of Lewes in East Sussex. Image by Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

People around the UK celebrated Bonfire Night, burning effigies to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes, who was executed after plotting to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This year's most-talked-about effigies included British Prime Minister David Cameron with a pig's head and suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Read more here.

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