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59 amazing facts about Russia

The name Red Square has nothing to do with communism, but derives from the word “krasnyi”, which once meant “beautiful” Credit: ALAMY 16 December 2016 • 12:30pm To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, we’ve been digging out strange facts about countries including Belarus, Latvia and Moldova, and remembering some […]

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Fancy going off-grid? Applications open for two of Britain’s most remote jobs

The successful applicants will be the island’s sole two inhabitants Credit: alamy Hazel Plush, travel writer 20 December 2016 • 12:33pm This has been a year of unprecedented drama, shocking headlines and utterly bizarre goings-on – best summed up, perhaps, by Merriam-Webster’s Word of 2016: “Surreal”. But if you want to recoil from this “post-truth” […]

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Airlines accused of dumping human waste during a flight – but is it even possible?

Your bog-standard airplane toilet Oliver Smith, Digital Travel Editor 22 December 2016 • 12:15pm An environmental court in India has introduced fines of up to £600 for airlines that deposit the contents of their toilets on unsuspecting houses below. The move came after a retired army general claimed that airlines were frequently leaking human waste on his […]