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White House insists Trump believes Russia still a threat
The White House says it believes Russia is still targeting the US amid confusion over Mr Trump's remarks.

Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill
Prime Minister Netanyahu hails a "defining moment" as Israeli Arab MPs condemn the legislation.

Montenegro hits back at 'stupid' Trump jibe
The US president's remarks on a new Nato member shock people in the Balkan republic.

Pakistan election: BBC interview with Dawn newspaper boss stirs controversy
Dawn media group boss alleges "deep state" interference in politics a week before national elections.

How do US elections stack up to others around the world?
Around the world, most campaigns last a few weeks. In the US, it's a different story - here's why.

Maria Butina: Alleged Russia agent 'offered sex for job'
The 29-year-old allegedly lived with an American while "under the direction and control" of Russia.

Antarctic seabed site gets protection after reporter's submarine trip
Video of a seabed filmed by a BBC journalist has helped the area get special protection.

Australia overtaking UK for overseas students
Australia is overtaking the UK as the world's second biggest destination for international students.

The unique makeup of Rohingya Muslim girls and women in Bangladesh
Girls and women in the refugee camps of southern Bangladesh use traditional makeup for sun protection.

Teacher thanks the kindness of strangers
Strangers gave money to a school-teacher after hearing about the difficulties her student's face.

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Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside
Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

Breathless, but not from asthma

Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

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Skytrax announces world's best airlines for 2018
The world's best airlines have been revealed in an award ceremony by aviation rating body Skytrax. So which is number 1? Hint: This year the prize goes to an Asia carrier.

Mediterranean island where love was born
Aphrodite's Rock jutting from the Mediterranean Sea along the coast of Paphos is probably the most iconic view in Cyprus.

Saranac Lake, New York's healing town
Saranac Lake, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains in far upstate New York, started drawing visitors in the late 19th century.

Inside India's first 'extreme adventure zone'
Below, the rushing Ganges River cuts through an open canyon and green trees blanket the hillsides. Amid the Himalayan scenery, a slow countdown cuts through the silence.

Spanish island bans walking around topless
Planning a trip to the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca? Better pack something a little less revealing.

The best things to do in San Francisco's Union Square
San Francisco's Union Square has a rep from locals as a tourist trap. But that's changing. Here are the best things to do in a bona fide place to be when you're traveling to the City by the Bay.

Stay in a tiny hotel on Amsterdam's bridges
There's no better spot to watch the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam's canals than the city's bridges. And with new project SWEETs Hotel, Amsterdam-lovers can get one step closer to the water.

America's perfect vacation lake
Lake Tahoe is lined with freshwater beaches drenched in California/Nevada sun, Sierra mountains imagery and blue snowmelt. Here are the best beaches along its pristine shores.

Europe's friendliest, liveliest capital?
When you travel to Dublin, it doesn't take too long to figure out this is not the capital of a former far-flung empire like that of London, Madrid or Rome.

The best things to do in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Riviera Maya? Already been. Mexico City? Too busy.

Experience the world's largest waterfall cluster
Compared with its neighbors -- Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan -- China's Huangguoshu National Park is relatively off-the-radar for international travelers.

London eateries with bird's-eye views
These vertiginous restaurants take dining in the British capital to giddy new heights.

13 of the best things to do in Colombia
Colombia has emerged from its troubled past. The present and future belong to a growing travel trade. Here are the 13 best things do in this South American jewel.

The world's best 'secret' urban gardens
From derelict train tracks turned scenic walkways, to rooftop treasures atop train stations, sometimes the best bits of cities are the bits that don't feel like cities at all.

The UNESCO-listed religion that worships women
For several centuries in Vietnam, Dao Mau or Mother Goddess worship, has been a source of strength, inspiration and spirituality -- particularly among working-class families.

The world's most relaxing places
The relentless pace of modern life means we all need a breather now and then.

St Louis reopens updated Gateway Arch Museum
The Gateway Arch is arguably even more famous than its home of St. Louis, Missouri.

Crude oil bath 'cures disease'
Ever since the world's first oil well was dug here back in 1847, Azerbaijan has been making the most of its plentiful stocks of "black gold."

Bold, brilliant and beautiful: A look at Iranian women
Bronx-born photojournalist Randy H. Goodman says her journey to and interest in Iran happened kind of by accident.

These 600 cats have a better life than you
The Lanai Cat Sanctuary provides an oasis for cats and protection for native endangered birds in Hawaii.