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The 50 best hotels in Italy for summer

It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside resorts where you dine by candlelight at the water’s edge. There are mountain lodges with Michelin-starred restaurants, …

These are TIME's Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

<b>January</b><p>Let’s face it: January’s notoriously bad for movies. Maybe curl up with a book instead?<p><b>February</b><p>Feb. 5: <i>Hail Caesar!</i><p>The Coen brothers’ next …

The Tokyo bartender who can’t speak Japanese

In Tokyo’s mysterious world of Golden Gai – where foreign and Japanese tongues co-mingle – drinking becomes the universal language.<p>Squeezed among high-rise office buildings in Kabukicho, Tokyo’s famous entertainment district, is Golden Gai, a labyrinth of narrow alleys filled with tightly packed …

3. The Salvation

2015 is the year of the western's revival; Slow West turned up out nowhere as a perfectly pitched debut, and Quentin Tarantino has just delivered The …

Movies

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Is it unrealistic to say that the Star Wars spinoff could be better than the main event? Little is known about Rogue One at the moment, though …

Star Wars

The Science Behind the Virgin Birth

Researchers have come up with several intriguing—if improbable—scientific explanations for the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.<p>Although the religious meaning of Christmas was long ago neutered, replaced with the secular joys of eggnog and mall Santas, at its core December 25 is still a celebration of …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

'We will be ready, inshallah': inside Qatar's $200bn World Cup

Pitch-side at Doha’s sweltering Abdullah bin Khalifa football stadium, coach Felix Sanchez barks instructions at his Qatar under-23 team. “Out of here!” he screams as his players run the ball into a channel filled with Palestinian defenders. “Yalla shabab!” he shouts in Arabic. “Let’s go, lads!” He …

Soccer

Cornering the markets

THE world’s biggest consumer of commodities is no longer just an insatiable buyer of everything from coal to gold. A richer, slower-growing and …

Sicily holidays

June 2018<p>With sunshine, superb beaches and charming towns, Ibiza, Mallorca, the famous Greek islands et al often come with A-list prices. Here’s how to enjoy them without spending too much cash<p>Published: 9 Jun 2018<p>August 2017<p>Tourists queue to take cable cars up Sicily’s fiery mountain, blithely …

Italy

Manly Quotes | 80+ Quotes on Men & Manhood | The Art of Manliness

When putting together our two paperback books, we sought to pepper the text in each with quotes about men and manhood. What we quickly discovered was …

The Art of Manliness

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