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Russia has a 'plan B' for Syria that would allow it to 'redefine the international order'

Russia's pattern of airstrikes in Syria indicate that it is preparing a "plan B" should the regime fail to restore a central Syrian state and be forced to retreat to a fragment of government-held territory along the Mediterranean.<p>"A second option [for Russia] is to fall back to the defensible parts …

Defining Domestic Terrorism Part Three: Conservative Politicians Downplay Threat from the Far Right

President Obama on NPR recently was asked about the threat posed by domestic terrorists.<p>"If you just look at the numbers," he said, "then non-Islamic, non-foreign-motivated terrorist actions have killed at least as many Americans on American soil as those who were promoted by jihadists."<p>Experts on …

Sanders: Full tax plan coming before Iowa votes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders says he plans to release more details about his tax plans before the Iowa caucuses on February 1.<p>The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential contender said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that a full plan on how he'd change taxes to pay for a universal …

Middle-class

My Top 30 Meals Around the World, Part I

<i>Budapest, Hungary*</i><p>Food and culture go hand in hand. In my quest to discover the cultures of the world, I have found the greatest hints to be scattered across plates, kneaded into dough, and embedded in a smile and a heavily accented word. Across my travels, I have fallen in love with food - from …

12 views of New Zealand locals would rather keep to themselves

Galleries<p>1. Lake Wakatipu, Otago<p>2. Mangawhai Heads, Northland<p>3. Castlepoint, Wairarapa<p>4. Lake Tekapo, Mckenzie Country<p>5. Lake Tarawera, The Bay of …

New Zealand

20 Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

New Year’s comes but once a year, so it’s worth it to make the festivites memorable. But where’s the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight …

Deal of the Day: Virgin America Flights to Hawaii for $199 Round Trip

Virgin celebrates its arrival in Hawaii with deals on flights from San Francisco.<p>Great news if you've been dreaming of a beach vacation this winter: Virgin America, voted the no. 1 U.S. airline by <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers, has officially added Hawaii to its roster of destinations. Some 3 million …

This Lipstick-Size Charger Will Simplify Your Packing Forever

The Zolt Laptop Charger Plus will change the way you pack, saving you valuable carry-on space by combining all your primary chargers into one sleek and simple charging station.<p>Today, Zolt announced that its highly anticipated laptop charger will go on sale November 17. This compact piece of …

Gear & Gadgets

Some Major Passport Changes Are Coming Your Way

Passports are going through major changes in Nepal and Australia that could lead to changes at home.<p>Like steamer trunks stacked in a well-traveled tower, passports have long held a certain mystique—those sleek little booklets filled with stamps that bring back memories of destinations past. Having …

If You Want To See The Best Starry Nights, Head To Arizona

Oh my starry eyed surprise.<p>Stargazing is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy wherever there's a beautiful night sky. But if you want to take your stargazing up a few notches, head to Arizona.<p>Arizona cities Flagstaff and Sedona, in particular, have some stellar nighttime sights. According …

Grand Canyon

The Most Underrated Caribbean Destinations

<i>By: Matt Meltzer</i><p><i>Credit: Matt Meltzer/Thrillist</i><p>You feel that? Yeah, that's the first bone-chilling cold of winter sneaking up on you, and unless you are unfortunate enough to live in Florida, the next four-to-six months are going to consist of layered clothes, ice scrapers, and long power-walks at …

The best country in the world? Drum roll, please: Botswana, says Lonely Planet

When you think of places you'd like to visit next year, does Botswana pop to the top of your list? It did for Lonely Planet.<p>It also ranked Botswana as the "it" country, calling it "invigoratingly wild." LP named Transylvania in Romania as the best region, and Kotor, Montenegro, as the best …

Loneliness

A Year in the Wilderness: Feeling the Pull of the Basswood River – Week 6, Post #2

The Basswood River in Minnesota’s Boundary Water Canoe Area spills over many ledges and squeezes through rock walls where it empties out of Basswood Lake. There is a mile-long portage that bypasses the first mile and a half of river, where most of these rapids lie. Gazing up the river this morning …

One of the grandest structures of the ancient world could be reborn

Until an earthquake in 226 BCE knocked it down, the Colossus of Rhodes, a 98-foot-high iron and bronze statue of the Greek god Helios, sat near the harbor of Rhodes, Greece, for 54 years.<p>Now a plan put forth by a small team of scientists seeks to rebuild the ancient statue and boost tourism and …

How well do you know the wonders of the ancient world? [QUIZ]

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Croissant

A Foodie Abroad: Why You Shouldn't Eat Pasta in India or Burgers in Italy

Recently I was working for a few days at the World Expo in Milan. I was at the Etihad Alitalia Pavilion with Tourism Australia, working with Australian Aboriginal chef Mark Olive. Cooking demonstrations were done each day with Mark using herbs and spices indigenous to Australia, all of them new to …

This guy quit his job and visited 36 countries — he documented it in an awesome way

While most people dream of quitting their jobs to travel the world, not everyone actually goes through with it.<p>Craig Lewis, however, made the dream a reality by quitting his job in Atlanta, Georgia, and using his life savings to fund the trip of a lifetime.<p>He started in Southeast Asia and …

Montreal's Largest Basilica Has the Heart of a Saint (in a Jar)

Montreal's enormous basilica (the largest in Canada) has more to offer than just a beautiful vista of the city or a soaring, brutalist nave: it has …

NASA can't explain these giant 8,000-year-old formations in Kazakhstan

How To Shop Hong Kong’s Fish Markets

Hong Kong chef and seafood master David Lai gives us his top tips for shopping and exploring local fish markets.<p>In Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun …

Hong Kong

15 Dark Sky Festival images that make you want to head straight to Jasper

Athabasca Falls Stars<p>While it is great to visit Jasper during the mid-October Dark Sky festival, the great news is that Jasper is a Dark Sky Preserve …

Hiking

An All-Inclusive Travel Guide For The Rest Of Your Life

Any travel enthusiast can tell you that touring the world isn’t just about sightseeing -- it’s about immersing yourself in the culture of an unfamiliar place, then holding on to that experience for the rest of your life. We think people should be able to explore the world and have these experiences …

The Gaping Icemaw

5 reasons to visit Rwanda's rainforests | CNN Travel

Rainforests

See this historic hall in Boston? Don't miss it. Or misspell it.

In the heart of historic Boston, a hallowed hall has endured since revolutionary days. Faneuil Hall.<p>But even after paying a visit last summer, I had to look it up to spell it right. What is it about that Frenchified procession of vowels that my brain can't retain?<p>The building and name go back to …

Extreme Sports

At Mammoth, 3 feet of snow brings an early opening (Thursday) -- and $50 lift tickets

An omen? A godsend? Describe it as you like, but it's shaping up to be a November to remember for California ski resorts, at least two of which are opening early after recent storms.<p>As resort officials always note, there is no marketing campaign as effective as 3 feet of fresh powder.<p>And they are …

Skiing

Guide to epic wildlife viewing along Utah’s Flaming Gorge-Uintas scenic byway

THE FLAMING GORGE-UINTAS SCENIC BYWAY of northeastern Utah rises from the sagebrush desert in Manila, crosses the Uinta Mountains, and drops back …

A backpacker's guide to the most affordable cities in Europe

Europe is full of amazing countries that don't cost an arm and a leg to explore.<p>Online travel company Simply Holiday Deals has put together a list of the continent's cheapest cities for travelers based on the Europe Backpacker Index for 2015, which calculates the average price of hostels, …

Free-Wheeling India: Kerala By Bike

Time slows in <b>Kerala</b>.<p>This narrow state in southern India, between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, is one of the country’s most diverse, crammed with colonial history, wildlife, and changing landscapes—from cool, verdant tea plantations to golden tropical beaches.<p>In the fall, the monsoon rains …

The Worst Day To Fly Isn't When You Think

But it's coming up soon.<p>You've probably long believed that <b>the day before Thanksgiving</b> is the worst day of the year to fly, or at least <i>one</i> of the worst days to fly. Right?<p>Wrong.<p>In fact, the day before Thanksgiving was only the 27th-worst day to fly in 2013, and there are a number of summer days that …

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