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A bridge in the Bahamas is being renamed to honor Sidney Poitier, who spent part of his childhood in the island chain east of Florida. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles/File)

GLOBAL

Bahamas renaming bridge for Poitier

A bridge in the Bahamas is being renamed to honor Sidney Poitier, who spent part of his childhood in the island chain east of Florida.

Prime Minister Perry Christie says the Paradise Island Bridge will be rechristened as part of next month's 40th anniversary celebration of Bahamian independence. Christie says the film star is being honored because of his life story and diplomacy. Poitier has been Bahamian ambassador to Japan and UNESCO.

The Oscar-winning actor, 88, was born in the United States but spent much of his childhood on Cat Island, a sparsely populated island in the central Bahamas.

The Paradise Island Bridge is the largest in the Bahamas. It connects the capital to the Atlantis resort, one of the region's main tourist destinations.

AIRLINES

Qatar Airways joins alliance of carriers

Qatar Airways is joining an alliance of airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways and nine other carriers, that coordinate routes and allow passengers to earn frequent-flier miles on one another's flights.

The inclusion in the Oneworld alliance -- aimed at allowing passengers to hop around the globe more easily -- signals the growing importance of Persian Gulf carriers such as Doha-based Qatar.


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It will take 12 to 18 months for Qatar to join the alliance. Oneworld competes with SkyTeam, a group of airlines including Delta Air Lines, and the Star Alliance, which includes United Airlines and US Airways.

Frequent business travelers like alliances because they are able to earn and redeem frequent flier miles with the partners, use alliance airport lounges and book complicated trips on one itinerary. A flier could travel on a Cathay Pacific, British Airways or Iberia Airlines flight, for example, and earn American Airlines miles for those trips.

EUROPE

Landmark embassy to be restored in Rome

A Rome embassy that counts Michelangelo among its designers may allow the public to view wall and stucco paintings by one of the Carracci brothers after a yearlong restoration is completed.

The Palazzo Farnese -- home of the French Embassy and one of Renaissance Rome's architectural jewels -- has launched a tender offer for the restoration of the Carracci Gallery. The paintings and stucco decoration were completed by Annibale Carracci between 1597 and 1607.

The World Monuments Fund, an independent organization, is providing some of the funding.

Compiled from Associated Press reports