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The 2011 Egyptian revolution (Arabic: ثورة 25 يناير‎ thawret 25 yanāyir, Revolution of 25 January) took place following a popular uprising that began on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 and is still continuing as of December 2011. The uprising was mainly a campaign of non-violent civil resistance, which featured a series of demonstrations, marches, acts of civil disobedience, and labour strikes. Millions of protest ...

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India’s indigenous nectars

Thirsty travellers take note: a chilled pint of Kingfisher beer does not an Indian evening make. Traipse through this incredible nation, and you will come across an awesome range of indigenous nectars. For those looking for a taste of local brew, here is a quick rundown of some of India's sweetest poisons: Related article: Around the world in five signature drinks The wines of Nasik Sauvignon, chenin, merlo ...

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Hotel lobbies are going social

Hotel lobbies used to have the look and feel of a home’s formal living room – lovely to look at but not the kind of place you’d want to spend much time in. To change that, hotels are transforming their lobbies to appeal to varying social habits, hoping guests will hang out and spend money at the hotel, rather than going out to local bars or restaurants. For example, earlier this year the Holiday Inn chain b ...

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Postcard from Lisbon, Portugal

I don’t expect to fall in love with Lisbon but I fall as hard as a swooning Regency heroine. This compact, decoratively crumbling city has the lot: swooping views down to the sea, evocative architecture and, most importantly for me, a thriving bar and restaurant scene. Related article: A bit of history in every sweet bite Our hotel is the Tivoli Lisboa on the stately Avenida da Liberdade. At first its block ...

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A local’s guide to Singapore

Mention this buzzing city-state and several things comes to mind: urban jungle, chilli crab, hawker food, perhaps even shopping. Yet, Singapore has a skyscraper-free side that even locals do not know about. From green corridors to hot springs, these places and experiences are slices of a rustic, unique Singapore that is best to see now – with the city’s tendency to change rapidly, it is easy to blink and mi ...

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The king of Kuchen in Black Forest, Germany

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, a classic chocolate, whipped cream and cherry cake, is staging a comeback in the Black Forest, a wedge of southwest Germany where the dessert was invented in a humble confectioner's kitchen almost a century ago. Related article: A bit of history in every sweet bite Stretching some 200km east of the Rhine, from Karlsruhe almost to the Swiss border, the Black Forest is something of ...

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Germany’s land of poets and thinkers

What does this place mean to you?’ I ask the lady at the Wartburg – the immense castle that crouches over the crest of the mountain above the town of Eisenach. She doesn’t hesitate: ‘To me? To Germans? One thousand years of positive German history.’ Related slideshow: The quiet land of Thuringia The stress she put on it is understandable. Against her statement, the cacophony and catastrophe of a couple of d ...

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