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So You Want to Visit Cuba 'Before It's Ruined'?

Since President Obama expanded authorized travel to Cuba a little over a year ago, U.S. travel to the island has increased by over 77 percent. Many of the approved travel providers that operate people-to-people trips have designed a variety of tours that highlight the country's rich culture, …

The playlist: the best African pop of 2015 – with Jovi, Kiss Daniel and more

<b>Jovi – Zélé</b><p>Jovi’s versatility shines through on Zélé. Over a gritty trap beat he nods to fellow Cameroonian artist Zélé le Bombardier addresses their country’s social challenges, all with a cheeky nod to the popular pédale dance.<p><b>Kiss Daniel – Woju Remix ft Davido and Tiwa Savage</b><p>In most African …

Music

20 Amazing Under-the-Radar Albums of 2015

Keep on enjoying Adele's album, but here are 20 lesser-known masterworks that you might not have heard about during the last 12 months.<p>I listened to …

Mainstream Media

The best albums of 2015 – readers' picks

We’ve had our say – but what did you think were the best albums of 2015? Here’s what you voted for<p>More on the best culture of 2015<p>We are in accord! For the first time any of us can recall, Guardian readers and Guardian writers had the same two favourite albums of the year, in the same order. This …

Songwriting

Adele on Motherhood, Social Media and Breaking Records

When her new album <i>25</i> was released on Nov. 18, Adele shattered countless sales records—most significantly, she notched the biggest first-week sales on …

Here's how much we’d all get if the UK dumped its welfare state and introduced a universal basic income scheme instead

In 2017, Finland will introduce a type of universal basic income scheme, in which most of the country's welfare state will be abolished and replaced with a single €800 (£579, $879) per month stipend, payable to all Finns, regardless of their income, tax-free.<p>Citizens of Finland will be allowed to …

Universal Basic Income

A very long retirement: Sinatra’s bittersweet final years remembered

By the end, he was reading the lyrics from a ring of autocue screens placed among the footlights, a small, silver-toupeed figure no longer able to rely on the memory that had once held the entire library of Broadway theatre song, from All the Things You Are to Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart. …

New Jersey

America's favorite science teacher Bill Nye explains how your dreams work.

In a new series from Mashable, Bill Nye, America's favorite science teacher takes a look at the science of dreaming.<p><b>When you turn off your alarm</b> …

Sleep

Here's where terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda get their money

A report assessing the UK's risk of money laundering and terrorist financing released by the government earlier this year spells out clearly just how groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, and Boko Haram raise the money needed to operate a terrorist group.<p>We've rounded up the ways terrorists …

The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns with an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.<p>We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose …

European Travel

Coldplay: 'Rock music has nowhere left to go’

As Coldplay release their new album, Chris Martin and the band tell Neil McCormick why rock has had its day<p>'W e felt like rock music has been done,” says Chris Martin, apparently dropping the lid on 60 years of swaggering guitar bands. Contemplating the zesty pop tones of Coldplay’s new album, A …