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Diana’s Impossible Dream

Though Princess Diana’s August 1997 death forever linked her to a flashy playboy named Dodi Al Fayed, that fatal Paris tryst may have been intended as a message to the man she’d just broken up with—Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan—the only one who would never use or betray her. Talking to those …

Week 2 of the Mongol Diaries in Pictures: Lithuania to Russia

Shout out to my teammates: Tian Feng, Forrest Funnell, Leo Markel, and Ed Preuss<p>The second week of our 10,000 mile road trip across the Eurasian continent marked a watershed moment -- we had officially exited the nations commonly defined as "Western European," and entered the Baltic countries, a …

Long Weekend in Sicily

An hour’s flight from Rome, Sicily makes the perfect holiday-within-a-holiday. (Or, obviously, a holiday all its own.)<p>Sicily is one of Italy’s two …

This video of Europe at night might make you cry

I don’t know if it’s the captivating music, the smooth timelapse footage, or the anticipation of “Which building will be shown next?” — but …

Time-lapse Photography

Military same-sex couples to get full benefits

WASHINGTON — Same-sex military couples will qualify for full benefits, including government-provided healthcare and housing allowances, as long as they are legally married, under new rules announced by the<p>Pentagon.<p>The requirement for same-sex couples to be married is a shift for the Pentagon, which …

Same-Sex Couples

Gay military couples welcome Pentagon decision to extend benefits

Extension of marriage benefits to gay military spouses underscores the sweeping cultural change in America<p>Mark Nelson remembers when he had to stock shelves on a military base in Germany just to stay in the same country as the man who would become his husband.<p>Nelson, a labor and employment …

George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The …

The 25 Best Hotels In The World

We've created the ultimate list of the best hotels in the world by aggregating four notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites.<p>The rankings we used were Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts (part of its annual …

35 Fall Fashion Must-Haves That You Can Actually Afford (PHOTOS)

It may be warm outside, but the fashion world is already thinking about fall (or to be honest, what's coming down the Spring 2014 runways). Though we aren't quite ready to wrap our heads around next year's trends, fall fashion is a topic that should be on everyone's brain.<p>Here at HuffPost Style, we …

World’s Largest Building Opens in China

China continues to live up to its larger-than-life reputation with its most extravagant new opening: a gargantuan mega-structure that could contain …

Best Pictures of Perseids Meteor Shower

How to Do Florence on a Budget

<i>Photo Courtesy of mcmillent/myBudgetTravel. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>Florence is an Italian city best known for its art. Home to the <b>Galleria degli Uffizi</b> and the <b>Galleria dell'Accademia</b> (where Michelangelo's <i>David</i> masterpiece resides), visitors from around the world flock to see …