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Questions raised by the rise of Isis

I am a British-born Jew, with immigrant ancestry. I will shortly be going to Gaza to assist in the humanitarian relief. The suggestion (or even the possibility, however remote) that I may be presumed to be a terrorist with the risk of being stripped of my citizenship is one of great concern to me …

How Albanian Lives Are Wrecked by Cycles of Vengeance

<i>Gjakmarrja</i>, the tradition of blood feuds, has been a part of Albanian culture since the 15th century, when a set of laws called the Kanun of Lekë Dukagjini held that a murder victim’s family could avenge his death by killing a male member of the...<p><i>Gjon Mhilli doesn’t leave his house out of</i> …

Crime

Turkey’s religious ghost town

Until the deportations of 1923, Muslims and Christians lived harmoniously in the Turkish town of Kayakoy. Today, the ghost town remains a poignant reminder of happier times.<p>Few independent tourists make their way to Kayakoy, a ghost town just 5km west of the tattoo parlours, British pubs and dance …

Travel

10 Cool Pools Around the World

Most pools are cool, technically speaking, but some are a whole heck of a lot cooler than others and luxury hotels are home to some of the coolest. Set your sights on these 10 across the globe, including two overlooking the Alps and one set right in the Indian Ocean.<p>Follow Joy Pecknold on Twitter: …

Faroe Islands: Bleak, beautiful land of grass roofs | CNN Travel

Here's Why Madeira Was Just Named The Best Island In Europe

Madeira, which is part of Portugal, is an archipelago of small islands located in the Atlantic Ocean about 350 miles from Morocco. It is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Desertas.<p>With incredible natural pools carved out of lava rocks, gorgeous cliffs overlooking the ocean, …

Madeira

Let This Aerial Island Video Seduce You Into Buying A Plane Ticket, Right. Now.

Ever heard of Palawan Island? If your answer is no, that's OK. In less than three minutes, the seductive aerial video below will show you everything you need to convince you to plan a trip there A.S.A.P.<p>As the largest island in the Palawan Province of the Philippines, Palawan Island is enchanting, …

Chios Is The Magical Greek Island That Cures All Wanderlust

You've heard of Santorini, and you know Mykonos is the destination for partying. But if Greece has a <i>magical</i> island, Chios is definitely it.<p>This lesser-known isle sits happily in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Chios is most famous for its cultivation and production of mastic, an aromatic …

Comino Island In Malta Has A Blue Lagoon, And It's Kind Of Heaven

If paradise exists, it might be in Malta.<p>This is Comino, the tiny island off the tip of Italy's boot in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Comino has an estimated population of four humans, a complete absence of cars and a Blue Lagoon with waters so perfectly azure, we don't even believe they're …

Giant new species of lethal jellyfish discovered in Australian waters

Keesingia gigas are gargantuan members of the Irukandji jellyfish family<p>Scientists have discovered a new venomous creature in the waters off Western Australia's coast, according to <i>The Guardian</i>. Named after the scientist who captured the first-known specimen, the arm-long <i>Keesingia gigas</i> is an …

20 amazing cliffside beaches around the world | CNN Travel

3 Things You Should Know About Your Thyroid

To get your metabolism moving...<p>Most people are familiar with the relationship between the thyroid and body weight. The thyroid is the master gland in our neck that controls all metabolic processes in the body, i.e. your metabolism. If you are eating the right foods and getting adequate movement …

Why I'm Not Leaving Florida (Yet)

Sure, Florida is declared the Sunshine State, but it has also been cited as a destination the masses flock to when ready to retire, and a place people go to die. I even frequently hear it referred to as a black hole for millennials like myself. As someone with a wanderlust-filled nature, I used to …

10 Earth Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet

Believe it or not, these photos were all taken right here on Earth.<p>The Earth is filled with amazing natural wonders, but some of them are so extraordinary you'd think you landed on another world.

Earth Science

The 10 New Classic Bags to Buy

There are certain styles—think the Fendi Spy bag, the Yves Saint Laurent Muse and the Louis Vuitton Speedy—that have outlasted their It bag era and buzz to earn the simple, yet hard-to-earn title of "classic." Click through for the 10 new bags to invest in that we're betting have the staying power …

8 Reasons A Trip To The Philippines Should Be In Your Future

There's an incredible chain of tropical islands in the Pacific that is sprinkled with pink, white and black sand beaches, ultra-relaxing luxury resorts, charming countrysides and villages, exotic foods and an enticing nightlife. You know it exists, but you've probably never thought of planning a …