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24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Our Big Beautiful Planet: Breathtaking Views of ‘Earth From Space’ (Photos)

Our Beautiful Planet<p>Our Big Beautiful Planet: Breathtaking Views of ‘Earth From Space’ (Photos)<p>A new book collects satellite images of places around …

Teens Are Deserting Facebook, And They're Heading To Places Where Their Parents Can't Find Them

Their gradual exodus to messaging apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat and KakaoTalk boils down to Facebook becoming a victim of its own success. The road to gaining nearly 1.2 billion monthly active users has seen the mums, dads, aunts and uncles of the generation who pioneered Facebook join it too, …

Mouthwatering Montréal: a food-lover's neighbourhood guide

What is it that makes Montréal such a fascinating city for travellers? At first glance, it doesn’t have the iconic attractions that sum up a city in the traveller’s mind - to love this city, you need to explore its diverse neighbourhoods.<p>The Downtown area is filled with upmarket shopping malls and …

Alzheimer's patients' brains boosted by belting out Sound of Music

Belting out classic numbers from hit musicals can boost the brain function of people with Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers who worked with elderly residents at a US care home.<p>Over a four-month study, the mental performance of patients who took part in regular group singing sessions …

Inside a green billionaire's crusade

Tom Steyer is Virginia’s $8 million man.<p>The California billionaire spent nearly that much from his personal fortune to make an example of Republican Ken Cuccinelli for his arch-conservative views on the environment. The sum is more than three times the investment that’s been previously reported, …

Sunni-Shia tensions 'biggest threat to world security': Iran foreign minister Mohammad Zarif

Minister says regional powers should work together on sectarian divide and Syria conflict, but accuses Sunni Arab countries of 'fanning flames'<p>Tension between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims is the biggest threat to world security, Iran's foreign minister said in comments published on Monday, accusing …

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Will France make paying for sex a crime?

<b>Can a country eradicate prostitution by punishing not the people who sell their bodies for sex, but the people who buy them?</b><p>That is the ambitious premise behind new legislation to be debated soon in the French National Assembly.<p>The bill tabled by the ruling Socialist Party (PS) contains more than …

Sexual assault issue not resonating

Democrats thought they had another Todd Akin moment this summer when Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss blamed military sexual assault on hormones.<p>But five months later, tying the “war on women” to stamping out bad behavior toward women in the armed forces isn’t working.<p>So far, senators are keeping their …

Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

Typhoon Haiyan: Aid agencies hurry to reach survivors

Aid agencies have launches appeals for help and begun distributing essential goods as the Philippines reels from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan<p>Food, cooking utensils, tents and bottled water has begun to arrive in the <b>Philippines</b>, as aid agencies fan out across the islands to provide assistance.<p>One …