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Is this the world’s weirdest plane?

The odd-looking Airbus Beluga is celebrating 20 years in the air. Courtesy: YouTube/Airbus The Airbus Beluga is one of the largest planes in the world. THE Airbus Beluga is practical, but it’s not exactly beautiful. There are only five in the world, each stamped with a handy serial number, and …

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This beach is actually a rubbish dump

This colourful sand is not what it seems. Picture: East 2 West News THE power of nature can often be surprising and none more so than a beach in Russia where dumped glass has been transformed into colourful pebbles. The Ussuri Bay used to be a dumping ground for old …

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14 secrets of Vatican City revealed

Vatican City is the world’s smallest country, and one of its most mysterious. Picture: Franco Origlia/Getty Images YOU’RE aware that Vatican City is home to the Pope and serves as the Roman Catholic Church’s HQ. You’ve even heard about the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Plus, you religiously watch …

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This dog’s the new best thing to see in NYC

Louboutina (Loubie) The Hugging Dog spreading love and cuteness in the Big Apple and the world. Picture: @justin_gluck/Instagram SHE’S one of the most in demand celebrities in New York. But we’re not talking about Kim Kardashian. Meet Louboutina, or Loubie, a five year-old golden retriever who’s become world-famous for her …

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You’ve been doing Bali all wrong

The coastal village of Canggu, on Bali’s south coast, is emerging as the hippest spot on the island. Picture: Jenny Hewett FOR years, Seminyak in Bali has lured travellers with its world-class restaurants, bars and one-off shopping. But 15 minutes west, a new songbird beckons. The once sleepy surfing village …

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Secrets Indonesia’s hiding from you

You won’t find cuties like this in Bali, so why not head to Borneo for a change? WHILE Bali is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and culturally rich islands in Indonesia, there are plenty of less famous, but equally enchanting, spots in the archipelago that are worth visiting. Whether …

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Inside Jakarta’s strange forbidden brothels

Women at one of Jakarta’s less expensive brothels, pictured in 2013, before the area was demolished. Picture: Ed Wray/Getty Images YOU will be forgiven for being confused: Under Indonesia’s Criminal Code adulterers can be jailed for nine months and in Aceh, they get publicly caned. Viewing pornography can get you …

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NZ may start charging us tax

Hiking fees, tourist taxes and extra charges for national parks are some of the ideas being considered in New Zealand. Picture: Alamy New Zealand’s 100% Pure marketing campaign has been a huge success, promoting the almost magical scenery that featured prominently in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie …

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Pacific island to ban Western junk food

Vanuatu’s Torba province (not pictured) is getting tough on foreign junk food. Picture: iStock The Pacific nation’s northern Torba province is set to ban foreign junk food from bungalows and hotels. Why? Because Western junk food is rotting the teeth of Vanuatu’s “pretty young girls”, Torba’s head of tourism and …

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Stunning photos of Sahara festival

Photojournalist Jakub Kyncl captured stunning images from the 49th International Festival of the Sahara last month. Picture: Jakub Kyncl EACH year, in the Tunisian city of Douz on the edge of the Sahara Desert, thousands of people gather to observe a century-old ritual. Over four days they witness and take …

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