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The world's 50 greatest countries – according to you

Costa Rica

Reader story: Exploring White Island, New Zealand

Wanderlust reader Mark Chadwick battled sulphur and seasickness on New Zealand’s most active volcano<p><i>readers, amateur writers and travel enthusiasts,</i> …

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Urban oases: the best towns in Central America

Central America is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet but its natural assets are just part of its allure. The “sweet waist of America", as South American poet Pablo Neruda christened it, is also rich in history and home to a diverse and dynamic mix of cultures.<p>Dip into its museums, …

Vernazza Is The Most Stunning Cliff Town We've Ever Seen

Craving a getaway to a cliffside village of fresh pasta, ocean breezes and all-around perfect enchantment?<p>Welcome to Vernazza.<p>This Italian cliff town has been proclaimed the "loveliest" of the Cinque Terre, those five seaside towns on the northwestern Italian coast that are famous with hikers, who …

Scarecrows outnumber people in dying Japan town

NAGORO, Japan (AP) — This village deep in the rugged mountains of southern Japan once was home to hundreds of families. Now, only 35 people remain, …

New Doubts About Whether Elephants Can Survive South Sudan's Civil War

Before war broke out in December 2013, things were getting better for South Sudan's elephants, conservationist says.<p>Southern Sudan knows violence. After being wracked by modern Africa's longest civil war, from 1983 to 2005, in which millions of people were displaced or died, South Sudan gained …

5 foods that may make you feel happier now — and even better later

Some foods taste so good while we're eating them, but can leave us feeling blah, bloated and feeling guilty just moments after we've brushed away the crumbs. But other foods are scientifically shown to lift our spirits. Here are five foods that will make you feel good right away!<p>1. Raw walnuts and …

Hero of Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado honored on 150th anniversary

As dawn broke, the first headstones began appearing against a backdrop of oil refineries and rolling freight trains.<p>Most were indistinguishable — knee-high, white, bearing spare inscriptions about those lying below.<p>Rhoda Hungary moved swiftly through Riverside Cemetery, home to more than 1,000 …

What 21 Actors Were Like In High School

Well, that's not entirely true.<p>Tom Cruise studied at a Catholic seminary for a year before dropping out to pursue other interests (AKA "women"). Meanwhile, brainiac Natalie Portman juggled the title role in Broadway's "The Diary of Anne Frank" all while competing in the nation's most elite high …

46 bold photos of London from Dave Pearce

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Photography

Ireland's Castles

Castles dot the countryside of the Irish Isles. Some remain private homes, some are open to the public, and some are mere ruins of what they once were.

Dublin on a hangover

It’s the morning after the night before, and you’ve survived a night on the tiles in Dublin. Thanks to the locals’ ebullient hospitality, not to mention their ability to hold a drink, you're feeling a little worse for wear. But this is no time to waste a day in bed nursing a fragile head and dining …

Your Germany Photos

Travel Photography

The 20 photographs of the week

The crisis in Ukraine, the funeral of Michael Brown, the US Open in New York – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Burning Man festival – in pictures

Nevada’s Black Rock desert welcomes revellers to the annual festival, which began in 1986

Abandoned Athens Olympic 2004 venues, 10 years on – in pictures

On 13 August 2004, the Olympic Games came home to Greece for the XXVIII Olympiad at an estimated cost of approximately €9bn. A decade after the sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues now lie abandoned. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a …

Do leave home without it: stuff you should never take on a trip

We've all seen these people and, inevitably, at some point we've actually <i>been</i> these people. The urge to overpack is a phenomenon most people experience in their early travel years and eventually outgrow. But some never quite make the connection between overpacking and the resulting inconvenience …

Where to go for the best public Wi-Fi in the US

If you desperately need Wi-Fi while you’re out and about, head to the nearest McDonald’s. The world’s largest fast food chain also boasts some of the fastest Wi-Fi speeds among public networks in the US.<p>According to data collected by the London-based app OpenSignal, McDonald’s restaurants have …

Wi-Fi

Airbnb guest stays more than 30 days, gets tenant's rights

If you're renting your home on Airbnb, it's worth checking the law. One California woman is finding out the hard way. Her tenant won't leave and does have some rights.<p>The Web makes everything better.<p>Well, at least those who make money on the Web like to claim that.<p>However, there are times when the …

Palm Springs

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These 10 fresh-air sights in France will have you tumbling down giant sand dunes and feeling the cool spray of waterfalls in no time. http://bbc.in/1eWM0BF

Why Britain's Armed Forces are shrinking by the day and does it really matter?

More people are now cutting hair and becoming jihadists than opting to fight for Queen and Country<p>The combined strength of Britain’s hairdressers is now more than that of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. There are currently 185,000 coiffeurs to 159,630 regular forces personnel, and more troops yet are …

How a Single Photograph Thwarted One of the Most Heinous Cheats in Soccer History

Photography and sports are easy bedfellows. As wonderful as it is to watch a goal unfold before your eyes on television, it’s just as powerful to see …

Zarechny: a rare glimpse into one of Russia's last closed cities

Photographer Ksenia Yurkova provides intimate portraits of life inside a relic of the Soviet era; secret cities. Under Communism these cities were home to sensitive strategic facilities meaning most were wiped off the map, and movement was heavily restricted. Today some, like Zarechny, are …

A new kindergarten on a tiny island is Beijing’s latest South China Sea incursion

As public tensions between Beijing and its neighbors over disputed territory in the South China Sea simmer, Chinese authorities made a quiet incursion this weekend: construction began for a kindergarten and primary school on the remote, idyllic island of Yongxing, the largest of the Paracel Islands.<p>…

China

From fighting villains, to fighting poverty: How Hugh Jackman is inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs

Actor Hugh Jackman and economist Courtenay Cabot Venton are each working on initiatives to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs to combine …

'Vampire' burial in Poland keeps alive the myth that will not die - CNN.com

No top teeth and with a stake through the leg, the skeleton exhumed in Kamien Pomorski<p><i>25 years since Poland's first partly free elections, CNN's On the Road series visits the country looking at how it has been transformed since the fall of communism while taking a deeper look at its customs and</i> …