Parvez Shaikh

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Is Over-Tourism Threatening Vietnam's Sapa?

<i>By Dana Filek-Gibson</i><p>Heading back from So’s village, there is only one way into Sapa, and one way out.<p>A taxi picks us up from the roadside along Route 152, tracing the zigzagged strip of asphalt running through the valley. So, a H'mong woman and our tour guide, has spent the better part of the day …

Vietnam

What to do for little Charlie Gard

One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells’ energy-producing structures (the mitochondria), thereby progressively ravaging his organs. He cannot hear, he cannot …

Charlie Gard

5 Easy Exercises That Can Help Reduce Depression & Anxiety

If you’re dealing with depression or anxiety, perhaps one of the best things you can do to ease your symptoms is work up a sweat. According to the …

Depression

This Is When You Reach Peak Happiness on Vacation, Says a Psychologist

If you were to describe your dream getaway, chances are you'd opt for more days vacationing rather than fewer. But it turns out there actually is a …

Happiness

A Volga road trip: riding the rails along Russia’s longest river

The Volga, at 3530km in length, is not only Russia’s (and Europe’s) longest river but plays an outsized role in Russian history as well. It was the main conduit for Moscow’s push southward, over the centuries, to the Caspian Sea. It provided the backdrop for Tsar Ivan the Terrible’s epic victory …

Europe

8 Guys Share What They Really Thought When They Saw Their Brides Walk Down The Aisle

​"I am extremely f—ing lucky."<p>Your wedding day is likely going to be one of the biggest and most emotional days of your life. After all, you're pledging to spend the rest of your life with that one person you love. The ceremony itself is the culmination of months of planning between you and your …

Love

Family Saves Kitten Hanging onto Oysters and The Kitten Couldn't Stop Thanking Them...

Last Sunday a family was out boating in Beaufort County, South Carolina. As they were approaching the McTeer Bridge, they saw something that appeared …

Cats

How to spatchcock a chicken for super-crispy skin

Grilling should be simple and fast. Cooking a whole chicken doesn't exactly fit those two categories. But with a little bit of knife work, you can have a super-crispy-skinned chicken that cooks through quickly.<p>When senior food editor Chris Morocco was testing Allison Carroll's butterflied grilled …

Chicken Recipes

8 Signs You’re Going To Break Up With Your Partner

"<p>Sorry to break it to you.<p>While conducting the postmortem on failed relationships, it tends to become blindingly obvious they were doomed to end.<p>But when you’re in the middle of a relationship shit-storm and heading for the rocks of singledom, it is not always that black and white.<p>So we’ve gathered …

Relationships

Why My First Marriage Failed -- And Yours Might Too

Word to the wise before you walk down the aisle.<p>If experience is the greatest teacher, than divorce may be the best education in what it takes to make a marriage work.<p>Below, divorced men and women share the biggest teachable moments from marriages that went south.<p>1. Opposites don’t always …

Marriage

How a video of a woman in a skirt became a global headache for Saudi Arabia

Over the past few years, Saudi Arabia has spent millions of dollars trying to remake its image on the international stage. It has hired prominent U.S. lobbying and public-relations firms to push its message in Washington.<p>To what end? The kingdom has an ambitious plan to dramatically reform its …

Middle East

Microsoft Is Quietly Building A Low-Tech Alternative To GPS

Designed for malls, skyscrapers, and other large buildings, the app relies on users, not satellites, for accurate maps.<p>GPS has changed the way we navigate the world, but that convenience still doesn’t extend to indoor spaces. Finding a meeting room in an unfamiliar office building or tracking down …

Google I/O

Mom's Message to Ex's New Girlfriend Goes Viral, Shows Us What Co-Parenting Is All About

Payton has more people to love her this way, and what more could a mother ever want for her child?<p>Bashing the woman your ex has taken up with is a fairly common thing—especially when the two of you have kids together. It's pretty hard to sit at home picturing a newcomer cooking your kids' meals and …

Parenting

Signs You're Too Comfortable In Your Relationship

What not to do: anything you’ve seen in a Judd Apatow movie<p>At the beginning of a relationship, you’re on boy scout behaviour. You shower and shave …

Relationships

How to tell if you're going to break up, according to a psychologist who's studied couples for decades

Have you ever been in the middle of a heated argument when the other person suddenly pulls out their phone and starts texting?<p>This behavior, known as stonewalling, fits into a category that marriage therapist John Gottman has identified as one of four signs a couple is headed for a breakup.<p>Gottman …

Marriage

Gallant Dog Leads His Human to a Box of Abandoned Kittens Whom He Now Adores

by Lori Dorn at on<p>While out on a walk near the mountain town Ymitos, Greece, a wonderfully gallant dog named Aragon led his human directly a box of …

Cats

What Is Sexual Grooming? 7 Things to Know About This Abuse Tactic

R. Kelly is once again at the center of sexual abuse allegations: In a BuzzFeed News report published this week, several parents of young women accused the musician of holding their daughters against their will, while former members of Kelly’s entourage shared disturbing reports of his alleged …

Relationships

Italy's Coffee Culture Brims With Rituals And Mysterious Rules

Coffee — it's something many can't start the day without. In Italy, it is a cultural mainstay, and the country is perhaps the beverage's spiritual home.<p>After all, Italy gave us the lingo — espresso, cappuccino, latte — and its coffee culture is filled with rituals and mysterious rules.<p>Café Greco is …

Coffee

Why Rashida Jones wants America to have smarter conversations about pornography

A conversation with the producer of Hot Girls Wanted.<p>There are more pornography users than users of Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined.<p>Actress Rashida Jones has produced an excellent Netflix documentary and follow-up series to examine the ramifications of such widespread pornography use. <i>Hot</i> …

Feminism

How Disney's Ban on Costumes Inspired an Underground Style Subculture

Mickey Mouse fans have found a new way to swerve the company's theme park rule against adults dressing up, and it's called Disneybounding.<p>When Sarah Sterling heads on a shopping trip to Forever 21 or Uniqlo, she's not looking for frayed jeans or the perfect weekend sweatshirt. Instead, the …

Walt Disney Company

How to tell if you have relationship anxiety

And how to handle it if you do.<p>Anxiety is a mental health issue that affects so many of us. It can affect every aspect of our lives, from holidays and our sex lives to our relationships.<p>Relationship coach Gary Amers says, "Anxiety stems from the coping mechanism perceiving that something is wrong …

Relationships

Why men prefer to resolve arguments with sexual favours (apparently)

And why women would rather chat it out<p><b>Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde</b><p>Couples face various challenges on a day-to-day basis. Unless your relationship is …

Relationships

Outrage after cat’s legs were shaved and inked by tattoo artist

<b>A tattoo artist has sparked outrage after filming himself inking the leg of his cat.</b><p>The man, nicknamed Quangzi, uploaded the video of the process to …

Tattoos

6 questions you should ask in the first month of dating if you want things to last

No two dating timelines are the same, but regardless of how you pace yourself on the road to romance, there are a few critical questions you should …

Relationships

This Blind Kitten Got a Wheelchair, Thanks to Some Eighth-Graders

They built it, in part, with a 3D printer.<p>The world can be a pretty dark place, almost as much as it can be a delightful place. File a group of …

Atlas Obscura

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi - A Must Visit Destination in the UAE Capital

If you are in UAE, a visit to the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi is a must. Experience the luxury at its best at this ultra-lavish hotel of Abu Dhabi.<p>It …

The Castle Resort: One of the Most Happening Places in Pokhara, Nepal

With spectacular views, over-the-top hospitality, and delicious food, The Castle Resort Pokhara is one of the best places to stay in Pokhara, Nepal.<p>I …

Asia Travel

A Day in Lumbini, Nepal - The Birthplace of Lord Buddha

A visit to Lumbini - the birthplace of Lord Buddha - is filled with peace and spirituality. Here's everything you need to know about Lumbini, Nepal.<p>A …

Asia Travel

Disfigured By a Fire and Abandoned By Her Husband, Her Next Move Is Breathtaking

It was a miracle when Georgia mom Courtney Waldon survived a horrific campfire accident involving gasoline last year. But in a matter of weeks, her …

Crime

See adorable Scottish wildcat kittens which are key to species survival

Three adorable Scottish wildcat kittens have started to explore their home just months after being born.<p>These pictures captured some of the …

Cats