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Al Ain: The desert’s oasis

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Ancient history, contemporary culture and lush gardens spring from a 3,000-year-old water system.
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The Dai water-splashing festival

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Walk through Jinghong, the capital of the Xishuangbanna region in the far southwest of China, in the middle of April and you are likely to get very wet.
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Shakespeare gets a new home

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The Royal Shakespeare Company will begin its 50th season today in a new, $185 million theatre complex in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
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More flights allow mobile calls

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Air New Zealand joins several other airlines, such as Emirates and TAP Air Portugal, that use picocell technology to allow mobile voice calls on certain flights.
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Daily deal: Timeless grandeur in San Jose

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A one-night weekday ($150) or weekend ($105) stay in a hotel that has seen such celebrated legends as Judy Garland, Clarke Cable and President Roosevelt pass through its doors.
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Abu Dhabi: The city of superlatives

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The UAE capital has an indulgent, contemporary side that is anything but subtle.
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