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Ancient silk road port found in Saudi Arabia

The prosperity of an ancient seaport on the Maritime Silk Road near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, will soon be unveiled, thanks to an upcoming China-Saudi Arabia joint archaeological excavation. Five Chinese archaeologists with the National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, which is affiliated with the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, are set to conduct field research of… Read more


Tyson the stray hippo captured in Mexico

A stray hippopotamus that had been roaming around the countryside in Mexico has been captured after a 10-day hunt and relocated to a wildlife refuge, authorities said Tuesday. “Tyson,” as locals had named the stray hippo, drew a large fan following — and even inspired his own Facebook page — after mysteriously showing up several weeks… Read more

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Aerial artistry

As applications for drones seem virtually limitless, a new breed of photographers are adopting the technology to take to the skies. Fang Aiqing reports. In 1858, the French photographer and balloonist Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, known as Nadar, took the first aerial photo from a balloon over Paris. His photos may not have survived, yet his successors over… Read more

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Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch Growing Rapidly, Study Finds

The world’s largest collection of ocean garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and California, is now bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined. The sprawling patch of detritus, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, contains nearly 80,000 tons of plastic, a study released Thursday found. Winds and converging ocean currents funnel the… Read more

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Big tipper? Find out which states are most and least generous with gratuities

If you’re like many Americans, you may feel that what you tip at a particular restaurant has everything to do with the service you’re getting – but that may not necessarily be the case. A recent study shows which region you live may have a bearing on how much appreciation you show your waiter or waitress.… Read more


How the Zoo Moved a Fully Grown Elephant 900 Miles

Spike the elephant is one of Washington, D.C.’s newest residents. The 14,000-pound adult male elephant arrived early Friday morning and promptly exited his travel crate to enjoy a snack in his new home, Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The 36-year-old elephant, who stands about nine and a half feet tall, traveled 900 miles from Tampa Bay’s Busch Gardens… Read more

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First direct Australia-Europe passenger service takes off

The “Kangaroo Route” from Australia to Britain became a shorter hop Saturday when the first direct passenger service left Perth for London, with the 17-hour flight set to break aviation records. Qantas’ 14,498 kilometre (9,009-mile) journey from the southwestern city to London is the world’s third-longest passenger flight, the Australian carrier said, and the first ever… Read more

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Dalai Lama to Slash 2018 Travel Due to Age, Exhaustion

Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama will reduce his travels for the remainder of 2018 due to advancing age and exhaustion. His health issues are not serious, officials said, noting that the spiritual icon—born Lhamo Döndrub—has been traveling within India, where he lives in exile from China-controlled Tibet. The prolific speaker supports self-rule. According to his… Read more

5 little things that will make your travel better

You’ve had good vacations, right? Those vacations that are so fun and exhilarating that you feel well and satisfied from the moment you get to the destination until your arrival back at home. But what if you could do little things here and there to make an awesome vacation a whole lot better? This article aims… Read more

Before traveling: Use this essential travel planning checklist

Travel surprises can be fun, unless your surprise comes days before you depart when you learn that your passport will soon expire or you don’t have the necessary immunizations. Help eliminate such unfortunate surprises with our essential travel planning checklist, created in collaboration with veteran travel guide Ken Lee: Passport – This document should always be… Read more

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