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50 incredible hotels you should sleep in during your lifetime

Everyone has their dream bucket list of travel destinations, but what about dream hotels?<p>Since summer is right around the corner and we're dreaming about vacations in far off places, we've come up with the ultimate bucket list of hotels to stay in around the world.<p>From private overwater bungalow …

World's oldest person dies at 117 in Japan

TOKYO: The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, died in Japan on Wednesday, a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.<p>The nursing home where she …

Chinese Tourists Are Flooding Into The US Thanks To A New Visa Rule

A huge portion of that growth will come from China, which is expected to send 3.1 million visitors to the States in 2019, a 172% increase over 2013 figures. That will put China behind only Mexico and Canada in terms of the number of visitors it sends, according to the US Department of Commerce.<p>This …

China

Traveling Internationally? Do These 20 Things First

Credit: Flickr<p>So you're ready to put that first stamp in your passport? Or it has been years since your last big vacation? Here's a list of 20 tips you should do or bring before your trip if this is your first time traveling abroad or if you need a refresher.<p><b>Security & Health</b><p>• <b>Check in with your</b> …

Do genes explain Danish happiness?

The Danes are famously considered to be the happiest people in the world. Can other nationalities follow suit?<p>The Danes are famously considered to be the happiest people in the world. Can other nationalities follow suit?<p><b>Related article: What Copenhagen can teach the world</b><p><i>BBC's Travel Show brings</i> …

Happiness

A Christian Retail Chain Is Getting Into The Faith-Based Film Biz With ’90 Minutes In Heaven’

It’s doubtful that the faith-based film industry can keep expanding at its current pace much longer, now that the market’s been tapped more times than your sister, but the conventional wisdom is that there’s still money to be made. The latest player to muscle in on the action is Family Christian …

Semi Truck

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Shares His Favorite Movies Of 2014

While any film critic can share his best movies of the year, or a really intelligent-yet-mysterious rebel can tell us which movies he thought sucked, it’s always good to hear the opinions of the people who actually make movies. For example, some people thought that <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> was one of …

Switching on outside office risks relationships, psychologists find

Workers who ‘switched on’ long after the office was shut were more likely to have problems with their health and private lives<p>A company mobile phone or laptop might seem like a perk of the job but it could spell disaster for personal relationships, a new study has found.<p>Modern gadgets which allows …

Employment

Record Year of Tourism to Japan Has a Weak Yen to Thank

Singaporean Lee San Duo booked a last-minute vacation to Japan this month, hoping to take advantage of the slumping yen. His timing could hardly have …

Top 12 must-try Bangkok dishes

For a relatively small country, Thailand's cuisine is astoundingly diverse, with dishes changing in form and flavour just about every time they cross a provincial border. Bangkok, by far Thailand’s largest city and a melting pot of people and food, is no exception to this diversity, and the city …

Loneliness

U.S. State Department to Holiday Travelers: Be Extra Cautious

The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays.<p>In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the …

The Travel Employee Talent Gap Is a Multi-Billion Dollar Problem

Educated travel employees with bright ideas already hold a lot of leverage at their workplaces.<p>The travel talent gap is a result of under-educated …

China says officials should learn minority languages | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Officials from China’s majority Han population who work in ethnic minority regions need to make an effort to become conversant in their languages, the government said on Monday, calling for better understanding of minority cultures.<p>Students study Chinese characters at Qunxing …

China

China Offers Russia Ruble Help

Chinese Foreign Minister Said China Willing to Offer Unspecified Assistance to Russia as Ruble Falls<p>BEIJING—China says it is willing to provide assistance to Russia following recent sharp drops in the value of its currency, said a senior official, as President Vladimir Putin’s regime faces …

Russia

China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony | News Home | Reuters

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) delivers remarks as China's Foreign Minister Wang …

North Korea

Four places along China border identified for rail connectivity, government tells Lok Sabha

Four strategic places along the Sino-India border have been identified by the Defence Ministry for rail connectivity in the first phase, Lok Sabha …

India

Teenagers help strengthen U.S.-China ties - CNN Video

China condemns cyber attacks, says no proof North Korea hacked Sony

<b>Beijing/Washington:</b> China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyber attacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the …

North Korea

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies triumphs at US box office

Peter Jackson’s final visit to JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, scored a huge $90.6m five-day opening to top the US box office this weekend.<p>The film’s debut compares favourably to previous instalments An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, which …

Sneak Peek at STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Action Figures

Oh, the Places Nat Geo Goes

When you work at National Geographic, one of the first questions people ask is if you get to travel. The answer is often yes, but one of the best parts of the job is being surrounded by sharp, globe-trotting people, and getting to hear their stories.<p>That’s why we asked folks on the Nat Geo Travel …

China tightens grip on Macau as dissent rises in gambling hub | News Home | Reuters

MACAU (Reuters) - By night, Ieong Man Teng was dealing baccarat to gamblers at the Wynn Macau casino. By day, he was mobilizing thousands of fellow dealers to protest on the street for better working conditions and higher pay.<p>Test chips with security measures by Gaming Partners International (GPI), …

China

Insight - China tightens grip on Macau as dissent rises in gambling hub | Reuters

MACAU (Reuters) - By night, Ieong Man Teng was dealing baccarat to gamblers at the Wynn Macau casino. By day, he was mobilising thousands of fellow dealers to protest on the street for better working conditions and higher pay.<p>Test chips with security measures by Gaming Partners International (GPI), …

China calls for more anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan

Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, visited the Pakistani embassy in Beijing on Friday and …

Pakistan

Xi warns Hong Kong and Macau in 'one China' message

Dozens of protesters marched through Macau's historic centre Saturday afternoon as Xi wrapped up his two-day visit, just days after police cleared the last remaining protest sites in neighbouring Hong Kong.<p>Residents of all ages walked in the middle of the road through the historic district …

China arrests U.S. missionary near North Korea border | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Friday arrested Korean American missionary who was being held near the country’s border with North Korea, signaling a toughening crackdown on Christian activists in the sensitive region.<p>Peter Hahn, 74, is being charged with embezzlement and counterfeiting receipts, his …

U.S. Approaches China in Effort to Respond to North Korean Hacking

Communications With Chinese Officials Seek Beijing’s Intervention<p>KAILUA, Hawaii—The Obama administration is seeking assistance from China as U.S. officials craft President Barack Obama’s promised response to North Korea’s cyberattack on Sony Pictures, senior administration officials said …

North Korea

Boyhood, Under The Skin, Interstellar: 2014, the year in film

Cinema can often feel weighed down by its own unwritten rules. You know, the rules that say all superhero movies must contain allusions to 9/11, all Liam Neeson thrillers must feature a tacked-on love interest, and all biopics must end with a split-screen comparison of each actor and their …

Godzilla comes home: Japanese reptile takes on Hollywood rival

Toho, creator of the 1954 original, plans new film 10 years after it killed off the giant reptile<p>A decade after a Japanese film studio sent Godzilla on his “final” journey of destruction, the irradiated monster is set to stomp ashore and trample across Tokyo again as the country attempts to reclaim …