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The 51 Most Beautiful Places On Earth

As shared by the BuzzFeed Community.<p><i>Responses have been edited for length and clarity.</i>

European Travel

Before There Was a Unicorn Frappuccino, There Was This Unicorn Dress

What’s better than a 400-plus calorie color-changing coffee drink with 59 grams of sugar and a main ingredient described as “blue drizzle”? Well, frankly, just about anything, but if we’re comparing unicorns to unicorns here, it’s worth noting that fashion was way ahead of the game on this one. …

1st woman to officially run Boston Marathon does it again, 50 years later

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 20-year-old Syracuse University journalism student made history in 1967 by becoming the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.<p>Monday, 50 years later, Kathrine Switzer crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon wearing the same bib number an official tried to rip off her …

Marathons

Assad allies say U.S. attack on Syria air base crosses 'red lines' | Reuters

AMMAN (Reuters) - A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base on Friday crossed “red lines” and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its …

Middle East

Solar Briefly Topped 50% of California Electricity in March, Driving Rates Below Zero

In a Friday update, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that for a brief period on March 11th, utility-scale solar accounted for 40% …

Renewable Energy

Expect to see BlackBerry's name (and tech) on more devices

A few years ago we had all the jokes about BlackBerry and licensing, but yesterday the company reported a higher profit than analysts were expecting and says that its licensing program will expand soon. Right now, BlackBerry licenses its name and Android-based software for devices made by other …

Jacob Zuma removes ANC opponents in midnight reshuffle

South Africa leader, accused of corruption, will now have a free hand over government finances after firing Pravin Gordhan<p>South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma sacked his respected finance minister and made 10 new cabinet appointments late on Thursday in a dramatic reshuffle that could split the …

South Africa

South Africa activist's funeral exposes divide over future

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The funeral of one of South Africa's leading anti-apartheid activists on Wednesday exposed the angry divide over the fate of a …

South Africa

Scary interactive map shows how water levels will rise due to global warming

Have you ever wondered how global warming is slowly but gradually changing everything around us? Now there’s a nifty interactive map that will help you easily put things into perspective – or at least give you a better idea.<p>In an effort to raise awareness of the detrimental impact of global …

Archaeologists went digging in a slum. They found a massive pharaoh statue.

Once upon a time it was Heliopolis, one of Egypt’s oldest cities. Pharaohs believed that the sun god birthed the world here, and they built statues, temples and obelisks in his honor (though they would never deign to live there themselves).<p>Fast forward 5,000 years. Heliopolis is now Matareya, a …

Ancient History

Viola Davis Becomes First African-American to Win Top 3 Acting Prizes

Best Supporting Actress winner is now a Grammy shy of an EGOT<p>Viola Davis not only has an Academy Award — she’s got a record for the history books, …

Entertainment

To Be Honest, Gary From Chicago Was The Real Winner Of Oscar Night 2017

Not all heroes wear tuxedos. Some wear basketball shorts and hoodies.<p>During the 89th annual Academy Awards, some of our favorite stars like …

Beautiful Travel Landscape Photography by Christina Tan

<b>Christina Tan</b> is a talented self-taught photographer, world traveler and instagramer based in Indonesia. Christina attended Fashion Institute of …

Photography

Trump keeps tweeting about news he sees on TV

It’s not unreasonable to expect even more, similar incidents soon<p>On Friday, President Trump tweeted a quote from an article that was, for him, an odd news source: the legal news blog Lawfare. Citing the article, without any context or a link, he called this week’s court decision blocking his travel …

Trump paused a call with Putin to make an aide explain a nuclear arms treaty

Thursday afternoon, Reuters reported that Donald Trump interrupted a phone call with Vladimir Putin to ask a basic question about US-Russia relations. Specifically, he asked what New START, a nuclear arms agreement inked by the Obama administration, was. Once he heard the basics, he immediately …

Pack your bags ASAP because you can now fly to Spain for under $350 round-trip

Sometimes you really need to get away from everything. And if you haven’t planned a vacation yet, consider setting your sights on Spain.<p><i>The Airfare</i> …

US suspends enforcement of travel ban, DOJ appeals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has appealed a judge's order temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban, …

Immigration

The Latest: Prominent US basketball coach criticizes order

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions (all times local):<p>…

Immigration

The world's CEOs are choosing to prepare — not 'paralyse' — themselves for a 'Hard Brexit'

A "hard Brexit" is when Britain leaves the European Union without access to the single market but with full control over immigration instead.<p>Allen told Business Insider at the World Economic Forum in Davos that there are many geopolitical concerns for businesses but they are instead choosing to …

Syrian troops take control of water facility from rebels

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops gained control of the main water source for Damascus on Saturday, as the military worked to secure it and …

Middle East

Trump Signs A Record Number Of Executive Actions — But Nothing About Ethics

President Trump signed a record number of executive orders and presidential memoranda his first week in office — a total of 14 compared to President Obama's 13. But something is noticeably absent from those directives — ethics for the executive branch.<p><b>Update, 5:32 p.m., Jan. 28</b>: Today, President …

Donald Trump

Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order

Alphabet Inc.’s Google delivered a sharp message to staff traveling overseas who may be impacted by a new executive order on immigration from …

Immigration

Mexicans begin to unite in fight against Trump's plans

Mexicans are beginning to debate how to fight back against U.S. President Donald Trump's aggressive stance on trade and immigration.<p>Prominent political figures have suggested the country expel U.S. law enforcement agents, stop detaining Central American migrants or no longer inspect northbound …

Donald Trump

You Can Fly to Europe for $69, So You Have No Excuse Not to Travel This Year

You may remember a while back when we shared the news that $69 flights to Europe were going to be a thing come 2017.<p>Good news: We've got an update, …

New York City

NASA's Martian tech is helping hospitals eliminate bedsores

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, kill more people annually than nearly any form of cancer, with 500,000 cases per year in the United Kingdom alone. One problem doctors and nurses face in the fight against bedsores is early detection -- traditionally, hospital staff can only diagnose …

The best time to buy airline tickets and other travel advice for 2017

You don’t really need to make it an official resolution, do you? That in 2017 you will travel — a lot? But maybe you will resolve to be smarter about booking airfare and snagging those low prices. Here are some developments that could help make that promise stick.<p>More ‘bare-bones’ fares<p>Next year, …

Flying

This Startup Will Sequence Your DNA, So You Can Contribute To Medical Research

Will the opportunity to contribute to disease-ending medical research convince more people to get their DNA sequenced?<p>The price to sequence the human genome has dropped from $100 million in 2001 to just a few thousand dollars today. It’s now cheap enough that some people are starting to get …