Karim Aldroubi

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10 alternatives to Sharm el-Sheikh

United Arab Emirates

For those left in Syria, life among the ruins takes on a ghostly air

Talal Barazi is seated in the pleasant outdoor restaurant of a heavily guarded hotel in Homs, or what is left of it.<p>"Basically, it's Berlin after World War II," says Barazi, who as governor of Homs province has seen much of the area under his jurisdiction destroyed by Syria's civil war. He tries to …

Fear overtaking relative calm in Damascus

BEIRUT — It’s not as if Elama al-Ashour didn’t try to stick it out in Damascus.<p>Even as years of civil war rattled the relative stability of the heavily fortified Syrian capital, she refused to leave her home town. She stayed as rebels seized nearby areas, as job prospects diminished and as friends …

Crave giveaway: Eight Tile Bluetooth trackers for finding lost items

Congratulations to Jared L. of West Fargo, North Dakota, for winning an Onanoff Sound Cover iPad case last week and to Richard R. of Midland, Pennsylvania, for winning a pack of MiPow Playbulb flameless candles the week before that.<p>Tend to lose things? Good thing you found this week's giveaway. …

The scariest cars we've ever driven

<i>Halloween is the day dedicated to everything spooky, scary and ghoulish. To mark the occasion, members of the Top Gear team have delved into the</i> …

Have scientists found first sign of Dark Matter?

A signal picked up by Dutch and Swiss scientists is thought to be the first phsical evidence of Dark Matter<p>It was first theorised more than 70 years ago, but after decades of searching, scientists believe they have seen the first sign of elusive Dark Matter.<p>Researchers have picked up unexpected …

The world's most spectacular Christmas trees

5 of the best urban hikes

When you're exploring a city, there's nothing to stop you getting a good dose of nature too. In fact, these five hikes combine lively urban areas …

Expert guide to Florence

Essential Information<p><b>British embassy in Rome</b>: 00 39 06 4220 0001; gov.uk<br>Tourist office and information: the main tourist information office is at Via Cavour 1r (00 39 055 290 832, firenzeturismo.it). Open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. There are also branches at the train station and the airport<p><b>Emergency</b> …

James Bond's Rome

The world's coolest passports

Expect <b>Norwegian</b> travellers to cut a dash as they travel across the globe.<p>While EU citizens’ passports are coloured an inoffensive but indistinct burgundy, the Scandinavian nation’s passports are distinctly finished in white, turquoise or red – and contain a surprising feature that should brighten …

Samsung Will Release A Crazy, Bendable Smartphone Next Year

At Samsung's Investor Forum in New York, the company revealed these displays will be so bendable that they can actually fold in half, according to ZDNet.<p>Specifically, Samsung says it will be making between 30,000 and 40,000 flexible displays per month by the end of 2015. The first device to use …

Mobile

Here's How To Figure Out Everything Google Knows About You

The more Google knows about you, the more it can match you to an advertiser who thinks you are an ideal customer. Advertisers are willing to pay more for ads served to ideal potential customers. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to …

Android Phones

Top 10 winter destinations in Europe

Winter comes in many guises in Europe – in the polar north there’s serious snow and sunless weeks, while you’ll find lingering sunshine in the mild Mediterranean, and cosy cafe culture and Christmas spirit in the centre.<p>It's an inspiring time to visit grand metropolises and charming villages: with …