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Europe's Most (And Least) Affordable Cities: The European Backpacker Index For 2015

A newly released ranking of 56 major European cities by price aims to assist budget-minded travelers plan and easily compare destinations.<p>The European Backpacker Index for 2015 could not come at a better time, according to Roger Wade, founder of Price of Travel, a website that publishes the index …

European Travel

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients …

High Blood Pressure

The Most Sought-After Bottles Of Liquor In 2014

These are bottles you might not easily find on the shelves of your local liquor stores. Many spirit enthusiasts turn to Caskers, an online marketplace offering a variety of artisanal and rare liquors, to find them.<p>Caskers, in turn, has put together a list of the bottles customers hunted down the …

Oil and gas drilling pollutes well water, states confirm

PITTSBURGH — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such …

Storms have killed 16 in the US and temperatures are set to reach lows not seen for a generation

New York state was facing nearly two feet of snow this weekend after storms in the north-eastern US on Friday claimed the lives of at least 16 people. With temperatures as low as -23C, forecasters issued dire warnings of what lies in store.<p>One meteorologist, Ryan Maue of Weather Bell, called the …

Cameron and Merkel 'agree to work together' on EU

<b>David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree on the "urgent need" to make Europe more "competitive and flexible", Downing Street has said.</b><p>After a meeting outside Berlin, No 10 said both agreed they wanted "faster progress" on trade deals between the EU and the rest of the world.<p>They also …

United Kingdom

Immigration backlog down 40 per cent, says Jason Kenney

The Harper government says it has reduced Canada's immigration backlog by 40 per cent.<p>Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the wait list at the end of 2012 was down to 616,271 from more than a million the year before.<p>Kenney says there would have been more than two million people …

Immigration

China, Vietnam Clash Over Disputed Islands

China is once again at odds with a maritime neighbor over disputed islands, this time — as often — leading to a little shooting and a lot of posturing.<p>The latest confrontation is with Vietnam over the mostly uninhabited Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Hanoi has accused Beijing's forces of …

TSA Airport Screening Lawsuit Nears Court Date To Challenge Intrusive Searches

NEW YORK -- A lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration over its airport security procedures is heading to a court hearing next week, following a Friday order in the case that could give the government extra headaches.<p>Two Harvard law students brought the suit in 2010, arguing that …

Locusts In Madagascar: UN Needs $41 Million To End The Plague

About half of the island nation of Madagascar is infested with locusts. This has mysteriously happened during Passover, despite the fact that there …

US names first female Secret Service chief

Barack Obama, the US president, has named Julia Pierson as the first female chief of the Secret Service, the elite protection branch which was marred by a prostitution scandal in Colombia last year.<p>In Depth<p>Pierson, who most recently served as the agency's chief of staff, will take over from Mark …