Nations with a short shelf life

Most countries in the world can boast a long and eventful history. But there are some nations whose sovereignty was so fleeting that independence only lasted a few years or, in some cases, just a matter of days. Despite their short shelf life, these assorted states and republics have a fascinating story to tell. Not all the endings are happy, but some did go on to fly a different flag many years later. So, what are the countries that weren't countries for very long? Click through for quick glance at an even quicker existence.

Seven of the UAE's best stargazing spots

The Buck full moon will illuminate the UAE skies for three days starting from Sunday. The Dubai Astronomy Group announced that it will be visible in the Emirates at about 7.20pm. July's full moon is known by other names, including the Hay Moon and Wort Moon, each reflecting aspects of nature and agricultural cycles observed by various cultures. Fol...

UAE: Keep AC on even when you're not home during long holidays; here's why

Returning to a cool house, instead of baked walls, is welcoming however, balancing comfort and energy conservation is crucial

Offbeat escapes: underrated destinations you need to visit

While mainstream travelers flock to popular spots, there are hidden wonders around the world, waiting to be explored. But where exactly are these hidden gems, the places and countries that remain untouched by mass global tourism? Get ready for an exciting journey, as we explore the largely unknown and unspoilt destinations around the globe that are worth paying a visit. Click on the gallery to begin planning your next getaway!

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I've traveled to all 50 states, but there's only one I'd choose to live in every time

After traveling to all 50 US states, I chose to live in Colorado because of its diverse landscapes and high quality of life.

Olympics-Palestinians are winners by just being at Paris Games, say athletes

PARIS (Reuters) - The presence of Palestinian athletes at the Paris Olympic Games is already a major victory for the team amid the conflict in the Middle East, they said on Saturday, less than a week before the start of the Olympics. The Palestinian team for the Games starting on Friday consists of six athletes who will be competing in boxing, judo, taekwondo, shooting and swimming, with slim

Incredible Hindu temples: architecture of exquisite beauty

Hinduism, originating from ancient Vedic culture around 3000 BCE, is one of the world's oldest religions and ranks as the third-largest globally, after Christianity and Islam. Followers refer to it as Sanatana Dharma, meaning Eternal Law in Sanskrit. With its primary presence in the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia, Hinduism influences social and political structures, including the caste system. Temples of diverse styles and colors in various locations are central to Hindu worship, embodying the beauty of this ancient faith. Explore this gallery and wonder at these remarkable religious structures.

‘I’m a historian – but even I was left speechless by this overlooked Egyptian treasure’

There aren’t many cultures where waste management is considered the height of glamour. But for the ancient Egyptians, the daily grind of the dung beetle – the Scarabaeus satyrus – was most noble of all. These scurrying scarabs – who pushed spherical piles of dung around – were believed to be the earthly manifestation of the god Khepri, who pushed t...

Why this sign at a Coles could save you money at the checkout

A sign spotted at the Coles checkout is promising to save customers money on their grocery shop.

Long queues at Heathrow as passengers wait for flights following global IT outage

Footage posted online at Heathrow Airport shows long queues building as the fallout from the global IT outage continues.

Europe's most underrated cities, according to travel experts

Think of European cities and a plethora of well-known destinations spring to mind. There's no shortage of places to discover the history and culture of this continent. But don't overlook its smaller, less explored cities. Many are hidden gems, far from the hectic crowds, that offer visitors a much more intimate, unspoiled experience. Condé Nast Traveller asked their seasoned contributors to put together a list of Europe's most underrated cities. Using their network of travel specialists and European-based writers, they compiled a list of places you might not have considered—or heard of at all—based on their recommendations. Curious? Click on to uncover Europe's most underrated cities.

The most dangerous cities in South America

South America has long dazzled us with its beautiful climate, delicious food, rich history, and musical rhythm. Travelers are often desperate to visit many of the major cities in South America, however, not all South American cities are safe. In this gallery, we'll unpack the most dangerous cities in South America, so you can make an informed decision on whether you'd like to book your next vacation to these destinations. Click on to discover the most dangerous cities in South America.

I booked an Airbnb in a Swiss village to save money while backpacking Europe for 2 weeks. It ended up being my favorite destination.

When BI's reporter visited Zurich, Switzerland, on a two-week backpacking trip, she booked an Airbnb in the village of Roggwil and found a hidden gem.

Beauty spot named 'friendliest town' in US is being shunned by hikers

A quaint town in Northern California is suddenly being avoided. The town would previously welcome about 6,000 visitors a year but plans appear to have changed at the last minute.

Revealed: The cheapest and most expensive beach resorts in Europe for British families this summer, with Ibiza DOUBLE the cost of the best-value hotspot

A Post Office Travel Money report ranked 16 holiday resorts on price by looking at the cost of essentials - from Greece and Spain to Portugal and Turkey. Find out which destination is the best value...

Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports operating as normal following global outage

Following a global technology outage that caused travel disruption around the world, operations at airports and airlines are returning to normal on Sunday. In the UAE, flight tracking website FlightRadar24 reported low airport disruption on Sunday morning. Good traffic flow was reported at Zayed International Airport and in Dubai, only minor delays...

Did you know these American cities changed their names?

Many iconic cities in the US used to have different names. America is a vast land, and one where explorers and settlers have fought over territory. From Native American names to those adopted after the United States became a country, there are plenty of examples that are worth a mention. For instance, did you know that New York City used to be called New Amsterdam? Click through the following gallery to find out all about the original names of big American cities.

Customer accused of setting fire to luxury car rental agency

Prosecutors alleged Moon Serk Park threw 'a flaming item' at the Gold Coast rental agency's grey Mercedes off-road SUV.

Recycled fish nets and geothermal power: inside the Paris Olympic Village

Recycled fish nets and geothermal power: inside the Paris Olympic Village The athletes' village for the Paris Olympics, which welcomed its first athletes on Thursday, contains a host of innovations intended to make it a model of low-carbon construction. The athletes' village for the Paris Olympics, contains a host of innovations intended to make it a model of low-carbon construction.

31 remote islands where residents live in tranquil isolation

From palm-fringed atolls in the blue Pacific to scientific research outposts in the frigid Antarctic wastes, these are the most remote islands that people call home.

I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant—These Are The Best Menu Items

Two years later and 20 restaurants down, this is our official list. People always ask: What are the *best* chain restaurant menu items? Honestly, I've tried too many to count; they've all become a massive blur in my memory. So, to make your lives easier (and, selfishly, mine), I've made the official ranking of the best menu items at each restaurant I've visited. Buckle up y'all.

Strange airport incidents around the world

There are many stressful things in life, but few as anxiety-inducing as taking a flight. Sure, navigating an airport can be simple sometimes, but, more often than not, the experience is a real-life nightmare. And we're not talking about the pandemic or the need to use masks. Throughout history, there have been many strange and obstructive things that have disturbed journeys around the world. Take a look at this gallery for a roundup of the craziest airport incidents and accidents.

Ancient sites worth visiting

History has left us with some truly remarkable visitor attractions, many of which date back to antiquity. Whether standing alone as a singular piece of architecture or as part of a wider archaeological site, these ancient wonders inspire and educate in equal measure. But where in the world can you find some of the most illustrious of these extraordinary hand-built treasures? Click though and marvel at these ancient sites worth visiting.

I'm raising my kids in a town with fewer than 1,500 people. Cost of living is cheap, but we need to drive to find diversity.

My kids were born in Boston, but we moved to a town with less than 1,500 people. Everything is far away, but life feels more relaxed now.

Absolutely incredible places to visit in Central America

Central America is generally regarded as being composed of seven countries—Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua. That's seven wonderfully compelling vacation destination options famed for stunningly varied ecosystems, culturally significant historic ruins, and some of the best beaches around. But where do you start? If this part of the world is on your must-see bucket list, click through this gallery for ideas on where to go and what to see!

Chilling video shows wreckage of 'ghost boat' after dinghy washed up

Chilling footage shows the drowned wreck of an empty 'ghost boat' called 'Skomer' which sunk off the coast of Cornwall last week. RNLI crews were called but could not save the vessel.

16 unbelievable treasures people found at home

From the lost Rembrandt painting in a family dining room to a set of rare gold coins unearthed in a cottage, discover some of the most incredible treasures found in people's homes.

Transportation from Cancun International Airport to your hotel: How to avoid scams, overpaying and more

If you're traveling from Cancun International Airport to your hotel, TPG recommends prebooking your transportation to avoid scams. Here's what you should know.

Child in a pram and an adult are run over and killed at train station

The pram fell onto the tracks when the adult tried to rescue them at Carlton Train Station, south Sydney, at 12pm on Sunday.

A low-cost airline has launched a rare new flight to Egypt

The new EasyJet route to Egypt will launch on Nov. 11.

Summer heatwave is causing terrifying explosions on Southwest planes

Southwest Airlines has reported cases of soda bursting open due to heat pressure on flights out of airports in Phoenix and Las Vegas as temperatures continue to hit triple digits.

The July Full Moon known as the Buck Moon is seen in the sky

The July Full Moon known as the Buck Moon is seen in the sky once a heavy cloud was out of the way

Spectacular full Buck Moon seen rising in Kent, UK

The stunning full Buck Moon was seen rising into the night sky above Kent, UK this evening (July 20). Earth's closest neighbour was seen ascending above Sheerness in the late evening after cloud cover cleared. July's full moon is named after male deer shedding their antlers and regrowing them at this time of year.

Who exactly were the Visigoths?

The Visigoths were a Germanic tribe that in late antiquity harassed the Roman Empire to the point where Rome was sacked and its influence across Western Europe fatally eroded. The Goths' story is a complex one. They formed uneasy alliances with their enemies while quarreling with and murdering their own. Territory was won and then lost, and the threat from equally ambitious barbarian tribes—the Huns and the Franks—was ever present. Their own kingdom thrived. But powerful forces were gathering, ready to challenge the reign of the Visigoths. So, what happened next? Click through and learn more about this extraordinary people and their place in history.

These Grab-and-Go Breakfast Ideas Will Convince You to Skip the Drive-Thru

One egg and cheese sandwich, please!

Inside new superyacht Ulyssia with 132-room hotel, pools and theatre

The Ulyssia is still some four years away from its expected date of completion, but new images provide unprecedented insight into the life of luxury on board

Moonshot memories: The eternal legacy of Apollo 11

On July 20, 1969, a momentous event took place. The Apollo 11 moon landing was one of the greatest moments not only in US history, but in human history. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people in history to step foot on the moon. Click through the following gallery for a countdown of the events that put the first man on the moon, and the legacy of that historic space mission.

Unmissable stops along Ireland's stunning Wild Atlantic Way

A route of epic scenery, Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way covers 1,600 miles (2,600 km) of rugged ocean coast. Its length makes it one of the world's largest defined coastal routes, through the diverse flora and fauna of the Emerald Isle's Atlantic seaboard; punctuated in parts by a stark lunar landscape of limestone, in others by cute and colorful towns and villages. The windswept western periphery of the island, no stranger to storm-force tides, has a distinctive, untamed shoreline. From the most northern point, Malin Head in Co. Donegal, to the most southerly point, Mizen Head in Co. Cork, you will encounter mythic sites, and nature at its most raw and beautiful. Intrigued? Click through the gallery to discover the places you must see along the scenic Wild Atlantic Way.

Staggering maps show how 'Tornado Alley' has dramatically shifted

America's much feared Tornado Alley has shifted towards the Midwest and Southeast as experts predict a higher number of storms in the coming years.

The 'climate havens' where Americans should avoid buying property

Places like Duluth, MN and Ann Arbor, MI had been deemed 'climate havens' - meaning they've been are considered good places to live as the earth continues to warm up - but not all are created equal.

Microsoft outage leaves passengers waiting at check-in counters at Bangkok airport

Footage shows the chaos at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, today amid the Microsoft global outage. Long queues formed at the Thai Air Asia counters, with the company saying its 'core reservation and check-in system are impacted by a global IT issue affecting airlines worldwide'. They added: 'You may experience slower check-ins and longer queues and we are doing our best to address this situation.' Check-in desks were closed and computers shut down when the tech firm crashed, plunging IT systems around the world into darkness. The tech giant said: 'We're investigating an issue impacting users' ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services. We're working on rerouting the impacted traffic to alternate systems to alleviate impact in a more expedient fashion.'

Kids Fly to Bermuda for Free With This Airline's Sale — How to Book

The sale ends July 26.

EgyptAir Plans To Double Fleet & Boost Route Network By 2030

EgyptAir's Airbus A350s will help it expand further afield, including to Shanghai and Los Angeles.

Billionaire heiress Francesca Packer and her boyfriend Robert Bates sail off on her family's $120million superyacht for luxury European holiday

The billionaire heiress, 28, who is the daughter of investor Gretel Packer and financier Nick Barham, has reportedly been seen arriving at a port in Corfu, Greece .

Incredible hidden attractions in US cities

Everyone knows the basic monuments you need to see in America's big cities. If you go to New York, see the Empire State Building! If you're in San Francisco, check out the Golden Gate Bridge! However, there are plenty of other attractions in these US cities that you may never have even known were there. Are you looking for a more unusual travel experience? Here are some offbeat and unusual urban must-sees that most tourists fail to find. Browse the gallery for your city and places to go that others will miss.

San Francisco's 'very aggressive' move against the homeless

Mayor London Breed revealed the city is set to take a 'very aggressive' approach to remove encampments from the streets which have blighted the City by the Bay for the past four years.

What was the Disney Channel 65-episode rule?

"Lizzie McGuire" and "Even Stevens" were taken from us too soon.

13 Nostalgic Photos of Vintage Amusement Parks

What a thrill.

This Gen Zer traveled to 10 countries in 3 years. Here's how she did it while earning $25 an hour.

Explore how a Gen Zer funds her travels by waiting tables and volunteer exchange sites like Worldpackers.