10 reasons to go to Costa Rica

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With spectacularly beautiful beaches, volcanoes and forests teeming with wildlife and birds, and adventure activities galore, Costa Rica has something to please everyone. Here are 10 reasons why you should put the Central American country on your travel wishlist.

In photos: the birds of Botswana

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The heavy summer rains brought floods to Botswana, yet avid campers persevered and the reward was great. Birds of every colour fill the trees and wade at the water’s edge feeding triumphantly on the season’s medley of insects.

Istanbul: Where East kisses West

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Draw open your curtains in the Sultanahmet quarter and step onto the wrought-iron balcony. Beyond the cobbled street and tapestry of tiled roofs, lies the Bosphorus. The legendary strait is crammed with ships, waiting to pierce the narrow gap into the Black Sea. A muezzin calls from a nearby minaret and the sound is taken… Read more »