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The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

United Nations

'Minecraft: Story Mode's' adventures have familiar plots but characters worth rooting for

"Minecraft," the video game that can essentially be anything you want it to be, is everywhere.<p>Everywhere, that is, except in my home. It's on laptop computers, mobile phones and video game consoles, and it's in toy stores, bookstores and even baseball stadiums. A Chicago Cubs-branded spongy bat, …

Minecraft

Big Day at the Rugby World Cup: Pictures

Dr. Dre wants to tour with Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar

Dr. Dre has teased a tour that’ll excite a lot of hip-hop heads — the European ones, at least. Speaking on his Beats 1 radio show <i>The Pharmacy</i> …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Bruno Martins Indi, Marcos Rojo Rumours

Manchester United are reportedly considering selling Marcos Rojo as early as the January transfer window, with Porto's Bruno Martins Indi targeted as his replacement.<p>That's according to the <i>Manchester Evening News</i>' Samuel Luckhurst, who added that the Argentinian defender's relationship with manager …

Chvrches' Every Open Eye is strong, sharp, and self-reliant

You might not hear a better pop record this year<p>There’s a point in almost every album where the quality of each new song starts to fade. If you spend enough time listening to music, you start unconsciously steeling yourself for this moment: you’ve blown through all of the album’s singles, you’ve …

Alternative Music

6 Airport Shops So Good, You Might Miss Your Connection

With these airport dining and shopping destinations, a flight delay doesn't look so bad.<p>Airports have finally realized they've got a captive audience of hungry travelers with money to spend and time to kill. They're upping their game as a result, with food and shopping as good as you'll find at any …

Airports

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Extinction

Ronda Rousey Comments on Potential WWE WrestleMania 32 Appearance

UFC sensation Ronda Rousey has admitted she may not have the time to make an appearance at WWE's WrestleMania 32 in 2016.<p>Rousey cut a brilliant segment at the showpiece in 2015 alongside The Rock, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. But the UFC women's bantamweight champion has hinted it's unlikely …

Netflix knows the exact episode of a TV show that gets you hooked

A TV pilot may get you interested in a show, but Netflix says it's rarely the episode that gets you hooked. It's probably no surprise that Netflix has been analyzing our TV-watching habits to figure out exactly how we all get obsessed with certain series. It hasn't come to any conclusions about …

Dalai Lama says that any female successor would have to be 'attractive'

Tibetan spiritual leader courts sexism row by saying that an ugly woman couldn't do the job<p>TO his millions of fans in the West, he is the living, breathing embodiment of humanity and compassion.<p>But if stepping into the Dalai Lama's shoes was not a tough enough act already, he has now laid down an …

Review: M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Visit' Is A Glorious Return To Form

<b>M. Night Shyamalan</b> <b></b><b>roars back to life with this deliciously creepy and funny little triumph.</b><p><b>The</b> <b></b><b>Box</b> <b></b><b>Office:</b><p><i>The Visit</i> comes courtesy of Universal/Comcast Corp. and is yet another micro-budget Blumhouse production. The film, which cost just $5 million to produce, drops Thursday night at 7:00 pm. The …

Movies

Asia's Most Amazing Buddhas

From the bespectacled to the bubbly, the daunting to the daring, Asia's Buddhas are among its most extraordinary cultural, artistic, and of course, spiritual attractions. With this in mind, the members of travel website Trippy.com offer their favorite places to pay homage.<p>Did we miss one of your …

20th Century

How to pick the perfect workout based on your 9-to-5 life

Head to a 5 a.m. Soulcycle class on any given weekday and it's bound to be filled with high-powered execs, dynamic entrepreneurs, and successful …

Confucius’ Top 7 Tips for a Happy Life

<i>“It is better to play than do nothing.”</i><i>“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”</i><i>“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never</i> …

Self-help

See How Super Mario Bros. Changed Over 30 Years

1985: Super Mario Bros. This is it, Nintendo luminary Shigeru Miyamoto's zany-looking masterpiece that launched a platf<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Nintendo

Do you know the unfriendliest cities in the world? L.A. and Las Vegas made the dubious top 10

As unfriendliness goes, Moscow is the top city for giving travelers the cold shoulder, according to a new survey. Atlantic City, N.J., comes in second, followed by St. Petersburg, Russia; Marseilles, France; and Los Angeles.<p>Yes, sunny L.A. takes fifth place with a rudeness rating higher than New …

7 key questions about our newly discovered human ancestor, answered

In groundbreaking new research published on Thursday, a new species of human relative has been discovered in South Africa. The findings, published in …

9/10: The Day Before

The pilot grilled steaks. The WTC Borders clerk picked up a pushcart coffee. The mayoral candidate prepped for the primaries. And the terrorists …

President Obama to rough it on 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls'

President Obama is going wild.<p>NBC announced Monday that Obama will explore the Alaskan wilderness with survival expert Bear Grylls in a special episode of the docuseries "Running Wild With Bear Grylls."<p>The episode will be taped this week as part of the president's three-day trip to the Last …

The fortune-teller of Kabul | May Jeong

For centuries mystics have channelled the hopes and fears of Afghans. With the nation in turmoil, their services are as popular as ever. But can they survive the latest crackdown by religious hardliners?<p>Last November, Abdullah Sharifi visited a spirit medium. By his own admission, Sharifi was the …

An interview with Alex Gibney, director of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

<b>So it's a pretty dark movie. Even some of your music choices — it's not like always uplifting, there's a real darkness to it.</b><p><b>Gibney:</b> I would say it's light and dark. The moment at the beginning where you're hearing the studio version of "Tambourine Man" and you're seeing all those people hold up …

The Most Popular Countries for Sex Tourism

Many countries have become synonymous with sex tourism, whether legal or illegal, and are travel destinations purely for that industry. Each of the following countries have gorgeous and culturally-interesting cities that lure more PG-minded tourists, but they also all have very visible and …

Burning Man 2015: Revellers gather for week-long party in the desert, in pictures - Telegraph

The happiest — and most miserable — countries on earth

Slide 1 of 7<p>Where you live may have a major impact on how happy you are.<p>According to Gallup’s 2015 Global Emotions report, released on Thursday, the …

Miley Cyrus Goes Undercover to Ask People What They Think of Miley Cyrus

"I just like Taylor Swift better."<p>During her Wednesday night appearance on <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live</i>, Miley Cyrus did many things—wore nipple pasties, talked about how her boobs make Paul McCartney uncomfortable—but most hilariously, she disguised herself as an Australian TV reporter named Janet and asked …