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7 Must Have Items That Are Sure to Spice up Your Vacation Anywhere

Credit<p>Here's the drill: it's 2016, and summer is around the corner. If you're thinking of travelling, now is the time to try something different from the way you've been traveling for years. If this is your first time, then it's never too late to start out in grand style.<p>Sure, going to the beach, …

Gear & Gadgets

The Dark Side Of Your Design Heroes

Le Corbusier supported fascism. Saarinen designed for the CIA. The details of the lives of many famed modernists may surprise you.<p>We admire many midcentury heroes for their work, whether they created products that improve our lives, buildings that beautified our skylines, or furniture that made our …

Murals

North Korea ramps up security ahead of national congress

The pariah state’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, is expected to cement his grip on power at ruling party’s first convention for 36 years<p>Security is being stepped up in North Korea’s capital as Kim Jong-un, the pariah state’s supreme leader, takes no chances in the tense run-up to this week’s first …

North Korea

10 of the best hostels and lodges … that you have to hike to

These out of the way retreats can only be reached on foot – but the reward for your efforts is a warm welcome and a chance to rest weary legs in spectacular surroundings<p>The Dolomites, Italy<p><b>Rifugio Lagazuoi</b><br>Rifugio Lagazuoi is like a sentinel 2,750m above the spires and green valleys of northern …

Hiking

Barack Obama tells young people that progress is possible

US president tells audience in London to reject pessimism and that change requires struggle, discipline and compromise<p>Barack Obama has urged young people to reject pessimism and interact with those who have different beliefs if they want to make changes in the world.<p>On the final day of his last …

Barack Obama

Barack Obama urges UK voters to 'stick together' with EU

US president arrives in London and makes emotional plea for Britons to back remain campaign in 23 June referendum<p>Barack Obama has made an emotional plea to the British public to “stick together” with the rest of the European Union, as he arrived in the UK to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.<p>With …

United Kingdom

Dilma Rousseff: Brazilian congress votes to impeach president

Government concedes after lower house overwhelmingly backs move to remove Rousseff, who now faces vote in senate<p>Rousseff impeachment: what happens next?<p>Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday as a hostile and corruption-tainted congress voted to impeach her.<p>In a …

Brazil

Amid the bloodshed, Palestinians and Israelis are giving up on themselves

Both sides of the conflict are united in one thing: they don’t know how to get out of this mess<p>The contrast was not a happy one. For much of the last week, I’ve been travelling across Israel speaking to those involved in what they see as their country’s finest hour, an event whose 40th anniversary …

Israel

10 of the best ancient ruins … that you’ve probably never heard of

Done Pompeii, Ephesus and Angkor and still thirsting after archeological marvels? The founder of Timeless Travels magazine recommends 10 less well-known sites that can usually be savoured without the crowds<p>Koh Ker, Cambodia<p>Lost to forest and abandoned for over a thousand years, you’ll find this …

Archaeology

‘My favourite beach in the world’ – readers’ travel tips

Wild, peaceful, fun, busy, hot ... we all love the seaside, whether it’s just along the coast from Swansea or sweltering under a tropical sky<p><b>Winning tip: Punta Uva, Costa Rica</b><p>Just a winding road away from vibrant Caribbean-infused Puerto Viejo is the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, a haven for …

Costa Rica

Computers and health: 'When you're sitting, you're one step above being dead'

CES 2016 is packed with health companies offering solutions to desk-based laptop slouch. Our reporter stopped slouching for long enough to try some of them<p>Our digital lifestyles and desk-based workplaces are contributing to serious health problems and could be shortening our lives, technology’s …

Ergonomics

We have one generation to save our cities, global engineering firm warns

Combined challenge of climate change and population growth puts premium on rapid urbanisation ‘in a way that’s not going to kill us’, says head of Arup<p>Cities around the world have only one generation to meet the twin challenges of climate change and a rapidly growing urban population, the head of a …

Urbanism

Improve Your Photography Skills with These 9 Photo Composition Tips by Steve McCurry

Looking to up your photography game? Luckily, the Cooperative of Photography has created a fantastic video on photographic composition using tips and images by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the nine pointers is illustrated with examples from McCurry's stunning portfolio. Read on …

Photography

A Beautiful Modern House (6 Pics)

Truth be told, they had me at that hot tub. Pop open the latch and let's all jump in..this house is meant for parties! (What the heck is a kid doing in this picture? Where be the hot ladies?) This modern house, called the Villa Berkel, was designed by architect Paul de Ruiter. Located in …

Architecture

Luang Prabang: Why you should visit South-east Asia's best preserved city now

'Don’t catch the speedboat to Luang Prabang from Huay Xai; they crash and people die.” These were travellers’ yarns, we’d thought – but the next day our speedboat did almost that, hitting a drifting tree trunk at 50mph, the long tail motor snapping clean off. My wife (then girlfriend) and I sat on …

12 emerging travel destinations that you have to visit in 2016

2016 is all about emerging destinations. Wilderness, wildlife and culture; these themes will illuminate the year's travel itineraries. Escapism and authenticity are key and nowhere offers them quite like fledgling and far-flung nations. Kyrgyzstan's vast rolling mountains, Iceland's wild natural …

Rainforests

Anti-Muslim prejudice ‘is moving to the mainstream’

The “counter-jihad” movement in the UK is expanding rapidly, according to new analysis showing that 24 different far-right groups are currently attempting to whip up hatred towards Muslims and provoke a cultural civil war.<p>The most comprehensive report yet into the alliance of international …

Religion

Chilling images show how sea level rise will affect cities around the world

At this point, it shouldn't come as a surprise that sea level rise is probably inevitable -- most debates about climate change now revolve around <i>how</i> …

Climate Change

Incentives for Renewable Energy Investment in ASEAN

<i>In this article ASEAN Briefing will look at the tax and other incentives provided to companies seeking to invest in renewable energy in Singapore, as</i> …

Solar Power

AirAsia Asean Pass | AirAsia

Discover the very best of Asean with the AirAsia Asean Pass, a travel pass that allows you to uncover the treasures of the region using fixed credits.<p>…

The 13 best new buildings in the world

Five already-built and upcoming buildings were awarded top honors, and a dozen more — from office buildings and housing to sports arenas and schools — won for their respective categories.<p>Our favorites include the Interlace, a sprawling 42-acre LEGO-style apartment complex in Singapore, and the …

Architecture

A Map Showing the Earth's Groundwater as It Would Appear on the Surface

Surprisingly, scientists know very little about the water that’s located beneath the Earth’s surface. To overcome this knowledge gap, an …

Snow camping up a mountain – and up all night

Can camping on a snowy plateau really be as cool as it looks on Instagram? Our writer pitches high up in the Austrian Alps and finds the experience eye-opening – though not in a good way Plus: more places to camp in the snow<p>I’ve never fancied a hardcore snow expedition. I’ve never wanted to climb …

Skiing

Cuba: readers share their travel tips

Crystal clear waterfalls, lush national parks and historic towns are some of our readers’ favourite places on the beguiling island of Cuba<p>Enter our weekly readers’ competition and you could win a £200 voucher Instagram snapshots: Fabio Signorile in Cuba<p><b>Winning tip:</b> <b>Remedios</b><p>To experience an old Cuban …

Cuba

A Virtual Drive Through Bhutan

Google's Street View vans continue to cover countries around the world, stitching together panoramas and allowing armchair travelers to hit the road. A few years ago, I posted "A Trip to Bhutan," a photo essay made up largely of the agency photographer's shots, which had a great reception. Today …

Maps

National Geographic Travel

Tropical island holidays: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

<b>This week's winning entry</b><p><b>Gili Islands, Indonesia</b><p>Walking on the pristine beaches of the Gili Islands, Indonesia, one could be forgiven for mistaking their surroundings for the set of the film “Cast Away” – but rest assured, this unspoilt paradise has much more to offer than an old volleyball.<p>Called …

How Much Nature Should The Doctor Order?

Being in green spaces makes you physically and mentally healthier. But how long do you have to stay out there? And what even counts as nature, anyway?<p>Doctors and researchers are now realizing that getting outside is more and more important to our physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s why we …

What not to buy on holiday: the world's worst souvenirs

The 15 Best Places To Travel In 2015

It’s a new year, a new you, and you need a whole new travel bucket list, or else, why is life even worth living? Listen up, travel buffs: we know the …