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25 incredible hikes to take in your lifetime

Whether you’re an experienced hiker looking for a thrill or a traveler looking to explore sweeping valleys, majestic mountains, and lush forest terrain, there are stunning trails that fit the bill.

We’ve put together a collection of some of the world’s most breathtaking hikes.

From the Kalalau Trail …


Photo Gallery: Paris in Black & White


8 Ways to Use Mozzarella

Mozzarella has a milky sweetness that we know is great on pizza and in a tomato salad. But what else? Here, eight ways to use mozzarella.

1. Potato croquettes
Upgrade your mozzarella sticks and mix mozzarella with herbed mashed potatoes; coat with bread crumbs and fry until crisp. Comfort food at its …


10 Stress-Free Suppers for the Entire Family

Planning family meals shouldn't make you want to pull your hair out. Here are ten easy recipes that don't require any hard-to-find ingredients or too much advance planning. And the best part about these stress-free suppers: even picky eaters will polish off their plates.

1. Grilled Moroccan …


MSF calls hospital air strike in Kunduz 'war crime'

MSF labels US air strike on their hospital in Kunduz a war crime, as they pull staff from the northern Afghan city

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has labelled the US air strike on their hospital in Kunduz a war crime, as they pulled staff from the northern Afghan city that was besieged by Taliban …


Flood-Hit South Carolina Set for More Rain After Record-Setting Downpour

South Carolina officials warned Monday that the dangers from the state's unprecedented floods weren't over — and that clearing skies didn't erase the threat of shifting water and unstable roads.

At least 12 weather-related deaths in the Carolinas were blamed on the vast rainstorm — 10 in South …

South Carolina

Several dead in twin suicide bombings in Niger's Diffa

Attacks leave at least five civilians and a policeman dead in southeastern city, which lies near border with Nigeria.

Two suicide bombings have left five civilians and a policeman dead in Niger, a humanitarian worker has said.

"There were 10 deaths in total: a policeman, five civilians and the four …


6 Exquisite Mediterranean Islands


Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Meddling and Altering Marriage Licenses, ACLU Says

Kim Davis went back to work as a Kentucky county clerk last week after a stint in jail and a pledge that she wouldn't interfere with deputies who were issuing wedding licenses to same-sex couples.

But in a court motion filed Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union said that she was doing just …


China Formally Arrests U.S. Citizen Accused of Stealing State Secrets

BEIJING — An American businesswoman accused of spying has been formally arrested in China shortly before President Xi Jinping’s trip to the United States, her husband and a family lawyer said on Tuesday, adding to the brew of disputes that have dulled expectations for the visit.

State security …


Burkina Faso army enters capital to disarm coup leaders

Soldiers march into Ouagadougou without resistance after general pledges to transfer power to civilian government.

Burkina Faso soldiers have entered the capital Ouagadougou without resistance after coup leader General Gilbert Diendere said he would hand over power to a civilian transitional …

Burkina Faso

PETA Hits Whole Foods With Lawsuit Over ‘Humane Meat’ Claims

The lawsuit alleges that Whole Foods' violated California consumer protection laws.

Whole Foods is once again on the receiving end of a lawsuit. This …

Whole Foods

Ibibo sees B2B as a vehicle for better B2C

Ibibo Group, the largest online travel business in India in terms of transaction volumes, is building up a portfolio of integrated consumer-facing …


World's Largest Superyacht Makes its Debut at Sea

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33 awesome maps that will help you understand the world

EVERY MONTH WE TRY TO FIND THE best maps on the internet. This month was a doozy: the internet’s cartographers mapped out the Syrian refugee crisis …


Venezuelan soldiers entered Colombia, fired weapons: Colombian army

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's national guard crossed into Colombia on Friday, firing their weapons and setting a motorcycle on fire, the Colombian army said, amid an on-going diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

About 15 Venezuelan soldiers entered Maicao municipality in eastern …


Relaxed Regulations Ease Path to Cuba for Carnival Corp.

Relaxed rules on travel to Cuba will soon make it simple for American cruisers to visit the island nation. Cruise lines will also be able to support …


For China’s rich, the era of bling may be ending — in prison

BEIJING, China — In the Xi Jinping era, some of the gaudier icons of contemporary China’s wealth boom — the heirs, the mistresses, the newly minted …


U.S. concerned about Russian jets in Syria

(CNN)The United States is concerned about Russia's recent deployment of fighter jets to Syria despite new conversations between the two countries to de-escalate the conflict in Syria.

"Clearly, the presence of aircraft with air-to-air combat capacity as well as ... surface-to-air missiles raises …


Pope Francis Arrives in Havana

He was greeted by President Raul Castro

(HAVANA) — Pope Francis began a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States on Saturday, embarking on his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after serving as secret mediator of their historic rapprochement. He will be offering a show of solidarity with …

United States

At $3,333, this sundae is yet the second most expensive ice cream ever!

While your street Haagen Dazs may serve a scoop for less than $5, Three Twins Ice Cream’s sundae has earned a tag of the second most expensive …

13 arrested in prison break of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in Mexico

(CNN) — Mexican authorities have arrested 13 more suspects in connection with the prison break of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the country's attorney general's office said.

Guzman, sometimes branded as the world's biggest drug lord and who is also wanted in the United States, made a well-planned, …


Jeb Bush lambasts both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

An energised Jeb Bush has said Bernie Sanders is the “front runner” in the Democratic presidential race as he used a Republican rally to rail against the Vermont senator’s proposals.

Bush told the Mackinac Republican leadership conference Sanders is the leading Democrat in a nod to recent polls …

Jeb Bush

29 Healthier Versions Of The Best Fall Desserts

Sweet corn and pumpkin are a baker’s best friends.

1. Harvest Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Salted Toasted Pepitas

Basically autumn in a cookie. Recipe here.

2. Pumpkin Cheesecake Wontons

Fluffy pumpkin goodness in a light, crispy package. Get the recipe.

3. Oatmeal Applesauce Bundt Cake with …


US further eases trade, travel restrictions on Cuba

Washington (AFP) - The United States further eased restrictions on business and travel with Cuba Friday, as it presses forward in rebuilding long-frozen relations with its former Cold War foe.

Two months after formally restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, the US made it easier for Americans …

Caribbean Travel

Google sets September 29 event, teasing 'new treats'

We just might see new Nexus phones at an upcoming Google event.

New Nexus phones could be just around the corner: Google on Friday sent out …


Mom of Baby Doe arrested, her boyfriend charged with murder

BOSTON (AP) — A mother was arrested and her boyfriend was charged with murder in the death of a little girl whose body was found inside a trash bag on a Boston Harbor island this summer and who became known as Baby Doe, a prosecutor said Friday after a monthslong campaign to learn the girl's …


Why Isis fights

For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish border and the deserts of Iraq, which hardly seemed likely to shape the fate of nations. A weathered sign at its entrance said 4,000 people lived there, most of …

International Relations

Former inmates: Incarceration makes economic stability nearly impossible for our families - The Washington Post

September 15, 2015

With an incarcerated husband, each of Shamika Wilson-Johnson’s expenses is deliberate.

A 35-year-old, full-time student who gets support from her family, Wilson is constantly counting pennies and wondering whether she should spend the last $20 in her purse on food or on clothing …