This Himalayan lake has a dark history

There's a glacial lake in the Himalayas that conceals a sinister secret. In the 1940s, a disturbing discovery was made, yet it wasn't until the 21st century that the mystery was finally unraveled. Or was it? Click through the gallery to learn about the icy Skeleton Lake, and draw your own conclusions.

The longest-named places on Earth

Do you know where Jászfelsőszentgyörgy is? Better question: can you pronounce it? This is a tiny village in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County, Hungary. And, believe it or not, it is probably one of the easier names to pronounce in this entire gallery. Why? Because it's the shortest! Ready for these tongue twisters? Check out the longest named places on earth! Click through.

The Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

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11 Holiday Gifts To Buy for Under $100 from Costco

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Ten worst cities for congestion are revealed

The Big Apple once again tops the list of worst places to drive with the average commuter spending an average of 236 hours a year drumming their fingers in rush hour traffic.

The triumph and tragedy that is Mount Everest

The news has many times underlined the inherent dangers faced by mountaineers attempting to summit the world's highest peak, which can result in triumph or tragedy. Yet, the numerous accidents registered on Mount Everest don't scare the ones avid for the top. Browse this gallery and be reminded of the highs and lows associated with this legendary Himalayan mountain.

Historic Mexico church becomes capital's largest shelter for weary migrants

By David Alire Garcia MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A historic Mexico City church has morphed into the capital's largest migrant shelter, with hundreds of sleeping mats stacked high inside and a growing tent city clustered around it where many await news before resuming their risky trek north. The noisy, makeshift migrant hub located just blocks behind the president's downtown offices is the

The best hotels to book if you’re attending Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in these 10 major cities

Is it the end of the era? Not just yet. Taylor Swift’s global reign continues with the extended Eras Tour, culminating in Vancouver in December 2024 — bringing the curtain down on this chapter, for now at least. If you’ve snagged tickets to the international leg of the Taylor Swift Eras Tour and are now planning your travel itinerary and hotels, consider yourself a winner in life. The superstar announced that she’s taking her Eras tour to Latin...

They emptied a lake in Madrid and found the unthinkable

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The 10 Cities Where You Can Still Buy Your Dream Home for Under $350K

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The mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines plane

The 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is one of the most shocking air travel disasters in recent history. The plane was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished from the radars over the Indian Ocean. No survivors or wreckage were ever found, and countless family members still have no closure almost a decade later. On November 27, 2023, Chinese courts began hearings to determine what compensation the relatives of the victims are owed. “Almost 10 years on, the family members (who refused to accept settlement offers) did not receive any apology or a penny of compensation,” Jiang Hui, who lost his mother, told CNN. “The complete lack of legal remedies over the past decade has made our painful lives even more unbearable.” Jiang is suing Malaysia Airlines, its insurer, Boeing, and the manufacturer of the plane’s engine. His demands include financial compensation and a formal apology. He is also requesting that the companies resume providing psychological support for the families. If the courts decide in favor of Jiang and the other relatives, it's unclear how China will enforce the ruling. Many of the companies involved are international and do not have headquarters in China. Similar lawsuits brought by family members in the United States were dismissed on the basis that the Malaysian legal system should handle these cases. Of the 200 people that disappeared, 150 of them were Chinese nationals. To learn more about the circumstances surrounding one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, click through the gallery.

The eerie mystery of Japan's Devil Sea

The Bermuda Triangle is famous for its mysterious disappearances. However, there is a lesser-known region in the Pacific Ocean that is equally infamous for its stories of unexplained disappearances and seemingly supernatural activity. Intrigued? Click through the gallery and discover the fascinating secrets of the Devil's Sea.

Why were these famous figures buried in unmarked graves?

For thousands of years, humans have honored the deceased by conducting burial ceremonies. It is intrinsic to our existence, making it difficult to fathom not knowing the final resting place of a loved one. Surprisingly, numerous renowned individuals have been interred in unmarked graves. Even in cases where their names were put on a tombstone for the public to pay their respects, they weren't placed at the actual burial location. Explore this gallery to see which famous figures were buried in graves without markers.

Mysteries of the Great Lakes shipwrecks

North America's five Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario—have been sailed upon since at least the 17th century. The lakes are notorious for brutally unpredictable weather, dangerous currents, and underwater hazards. Since the 1600s, over 6,000 vessels have fallen victim to this capricious and often treacherous environment, shipwrecks that have claimed as many as 30,000 lives. And while most of these wrecks are accounted for, the fate of others remain a complete mystery. So, what are the most infamous losses, and which lake can claim itself the "graveyard of ships"? Click through, set sail, and chart a course through the Great Lakes shipwrecks.

What a $1M Home Looks Like Across America

In some places, you get a lot more house for your money. Take a look at these $1 million houses across America to see where you get more or less for your money.

Signature dishes you have to try from each US state

A melting pot of culinary influences, the US loves to eat. And as such a big nation, you'll see a great variety of signature dishes in each state. From pulled pork to lobster rolls and grits, these dishes are more than delicious—they're central to the culture of their states. Click on to find out what meat dish is most beloved in Texas, what sweet Georgia goes crazy for, and much more. Just make sure to loosen your waistband!

Southwest, pilots' union nearing preliminary labor deal - source

(Reuters) -Southwest Airlines and its pilots' union were nearing a new labor deal ahead of the holiday season, a person familiar with the negotiations said on Friday. Shares of the carrier were up 3.4% in afternoon trade. The agreement could take a couple of weeks to sort out some of the outstanding issues, the person said without providing any details on the terms of the deal. Southwest in an

Self-service security screening is coming to airports, but PreCheck passengers are getting priority

The Department of Homeland Security is testing out self-service screening options and has awarded contracts to three companies developing prototypes.

How wild was the Wild West, really?

We've all seen Western movies and numerous depictions of what the Old West was like, but it still begs the question: how wild was the Wild West, really? Well, it turns out it was pretty wild! So wild, in fact, that you’d probably struggle to survive... Curious to find out more about this slice of American history? Then put on your cowboy hat and click through.

Bathroom breaks that have saved lives and started wars

When nature calls, we have to go. Bathroom breaks are something we all need, and while it may seem natural and trivial, sometimes, they can have dire consequences and lead to quite extraordinary outcomes. Not convinced? What if we told you that bathroom breaks have been linked to scientific breakthroughs, the death of kings, and that a war has been started because of one? Now that we have your attention, click on and get to know the bathroom breaks that changed history.

Cruise lines may overbook more sailings as demand heats up — here's what happens when your trip is oversold

Oversold cruises are rare. But when it happens, it could become a traveler's worst and costly logistical nightmare.

The wonderful wetlands of the United States

America's wetlands, bogs, swamps, and marshes usually get a bad rap. They've been associated with humid, mosquito-infested, alligator-haunted areas of horrors for a large portion of history, and some today still hold that misconception. In truth, the wetlands of the United States, and the world at large, are some of the most beautiful, fascinating, and important ecosystems there are. More than where to find mosquitos and scary reptiles, they are also home to innumerable species of birds, butterflies, and fish. And to put aesthetics aside altogether, wetlands are also some of the hardest-working ecosystems in the world. They filter our air, fortify our coastlines, and blunt the damage that violent storms can bring. Intrigued? Then click on to take a look at some of America's most magnificent wetlands.

Open up the secrets behind famous gates around the world

These 38 incredible gateways are works of art in their own right. But some have dark histories.

From Titanic to Brokeback Mountain: the loveliest movie couples

Do you have travel plans? Consider these travel credit card promotions for your year-end travel

SINGAPORE: A month away and it’s 2024, but before the year ends, check out these... The post Do you have travel plans? Consider these travel credit card promotions for your year-end travel appeared first on The Independent Singapore News - Latest Breaking News

Island businesses offer 10% off for Guernsey people

The discount code can be used on accommodation, restaurants, cafes, and in shops.

Southeast Asia’s first luxury hotel made from retired buses opens in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Southeast Asia’s first luxury hotel made from retired public buses has opened its doors... The post Southeast Asia’s first luxury hotel made from retired buses opens in Singapore appeared first on The Independent Singapore News - Latest Breaking News

Eerie abandoned ghost towns hidden in the world's deserts

Here are the world’s desert communities that have become eerie ghost towns and, interestingly, manmade attractions.

Bizarre beach finds around the world you WON'T believe

A look at the strangest items found washed up on beaches around the world

Spectacular pyramids across the globe, that aren't in Egypt

From the Aztec pyramids of Mexico to temples of Indonesia, and even modern-day buildings from the last century, here’s our pick of the world’s most intriguing pyramids outside of Egypt.

Random historical facts you didn’t know

The world is full of astonishing stories that often get forgotten or overlooked in history classes. This shows that there are plenty of interesting and random historical facts that you probably never knew of in the first place. From Cleopatra's origins to Abraham Lincoln's wrestling career, click through the following gallery to discover random historical facts you didn’t know.

No Christmas tree in Bethlehem as holiday pared down over Gaza war

"We have never seen Bethlehem like this, not even during the time of COVID. The town is empty, sad."

World’s tallest woman Rumeysa Gelgi experiences inaugural flight

The world’s tallest woman Rumeysa Gelgi from Turkey took her first flight ever last year.... The post World’s tallest woman Rumeysa Gelgi experiences inaugural flight appeared first on The Independent Singapore News - Latest Breaking News

The best small cities in the world

Every year, readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine vote for their favorite international city destination. Among other voting requests, readers are asked to nominate their preferred small cities, places where they reckon less means more. Here are the chosen ones. Click through and find out if your favorite small city made the cut!

33 Ways to Save Money and Time During the Holidays

Use these tips to make the holidays more festive and enjoyable without big spending.

Pet boarding bookings rise by 50% as families set off for year-end vacations

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ARA US Hospitality Trust divests Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport for US$7.7m

The REIT expects to complete the divestment in 1Q24. ARA US Hospitality Trust (ARA H-Trust) has sold Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport to Bacall Companies for US$7.7m ($10.1m). In a bourse filing, ARA H-Trust said it expects to complete the divestment of its 127-room hotel in 1Q24. The hotel is the smallest property within the ARA H-Trust’s portfolio, accounting for 1.0% of the REIT’s total valuation as of 31 December 2022. The REIT added that the...

An enormous iceberg is roaming free for the first time in decades

Holiday park plan for village

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Beautiful Cities in Greece That Deserve More Love

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Keep America weird: strangest facts about each state

The United States is a big, vast place where sometimes (a lot of times) weird things happen. Jokes about Florida's strangeness abound, as evidenced by the amount of Twitter accounts dedicated to poking fun at the absurd things that take place in the Sunshine State. But Florida is far from being alone. Check out these strange facts about American states that will increase your random knowledge and your chances of winning trivia games.

Quirky things you can only find in Japan

Japan is a fascinating country, but a culture shock can be experienced by visitors, especially those traveling from the West. Indeed, the Land of the Rising Sun is more than what one could hope for, and then some! Some ideas, concepts, and customs are indeed fascinating, and in this gallery we bring you a glimpse into the quirkiness you can expect when visiting Japan. Click through to discover them.

From crocs to cannibals: the world's deadliest rivers

Humans have always been fascinated by rivers, and indeed they've played a huge role in our development as a species. A source of drinking water, food, and irrigation, rivers have always been present in our lives. But not all rivers are calm streams of crystal clear water. In fact, some are heavily polluted, while others are teeming with dangerous wildlife (and dangerous humans). Many have flooded to the point of killing millions of people, and many others continue to do so by other means. Curious to discover the deadliest rivers on the planet? Then click on!

Go with the flow down the world’s most BEAUTIFUL waterways

Spanning everything from floating lagoon cities to cross-country water channels, here we take a look at the most incredible canals and waterways from across the globe.

Nomad-friendly nations: Spain and top nine countries for seamless work and travel

If you’re planning a work and travel adventure, you’ll be delighted to discover an exclusive list of the best digital nomad visas, with Spain leading as the country with the most favourable programme in the world. Since the launch of its digital nomad visa in early 2023, Spain has surpassed several countries that have been offering such visas for years. The comprehensive list ranks Argentina second, Romania third, UAE fourth and Croatia fifth....

These are the coolest neighborhoods in the world

Time Out magazine recently published its list of the 40 coolest neighborhoods in the world. For the sixth year running, the magazine surveyed over 12,000 people in this year's shortlist, including city-dwellers and local experts. The best districts were rated based on fun, food, culture, and community. In this gallery you'll find a condensed version of the magazine's coveted list. Click on to see if you live in one of the world's coolest neighborhoods.

Airplane and €8m worth of heroin seized at Weston Airport in Dublin

Two arrests after a light aircraft is searched and up to 60kg of vacuum-packed heroin is found.

The 8 Oldest Restaurants in New York City

These iconic restaurants have withstood the test of time.

Which states have the highest concentration of immigrants?

As the Mother of Exiles, America is known for being the land of opportunities that attracts so many people from the four corners of the world. Out of America’s over 320 million residents, over 43.5 million are foreign-born, more than the entire population of California. The concentration of foreign-born residents has increased in all states since 1990, according to the Migration Policy Institute, but some states attract more immigrants than others. Click through the gallery to see which states, including the District of Columbia, have the highest percentage of foreign-born residents, ranked from least to most.