The Most Dangerous Country in the World

We travel for a variety of reasons: business, pleasure, recreation. With both domestic and international travel being a regular part of modern life, we need to be aware of which countries we need to stay away from, or at least enter with caution.

Several nations are presently embroiled in civil wars, experiencing political unrest, or simply becoming more violent, and tourists aren’t always exempt from it all. One country that features prominently in travel warnings is Syria, which is now arguably the most dangerous country in the world.

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Syria in 2015: an Overview

For years, Syria has been embroiled in one of the bloodiest wars in recent memory. Different militias and groups hold sway, all of them accused of human rights violations such as kidnapping or torture. Rather than being shielded from the fray, foreigners are routinely kidnapped and some are even killed. There’s even a “worst of the worst”: the much-feared Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has committed acts so heinous that other terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda keep away from them.

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Cultured Palate: Dishes from Iran

Iranian cuisine uses a myriad of spices, dried and fresh fruits, herbs, and nuts to flavor dishes. These ingredients turn even the simplest meal of rice and stewed meat into a sensory explosion.

Around the World in Holiday Baking

Every December, millions of pounds of butter, sugar, and flour contribute to the creation of spectacular treats for holiday celebrations. Even if you’re not ordinarily a baker, many people venture into the kitchen before the holidays to make sure that they’ve got plenty of treats to offer to family and friends.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…