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World's friendliest countries You've travelled for adventure, romance and culture, so why not to make some friends? Taken from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences, here's a list of places where the welcome is always warm. Ireland Centuries of turmoil have certainly taken their toll on the Irish: they've been left with a deliciously dark sense of humour and a welcoming attitude towards strangers. That famous ability of the Irish – to find craic (fun times with convivial company) in boom or bust times – means you’re always in for a treat. These days, after the end of the ‘Troubles’, a cautious optimism reigns supreme, infecting the land once again with the sense that anything’s possible.
Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals | Danger Room Eugene Kaspersky, Soviet officer turned software tycoon.Photo: Stephen Voss It’s early February in Cancun, Mexico. A group of 60 or so financial analysts, reporters, diplomats, and cybersecurity specialists shake off the previous night’s tequila and file into a ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. At the front of the room, a giant screen shows a globe targeted by crosshairs. Cancun is in the center of the bull’s-eye. A ruddy-faced, unshaven man bounds onstage.
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Above: The poem etched on a column at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple Prophet Muhammad's uncle (Chacha) Umar-bin-e-Hassham (also known as Abu Hakam or Abu Jahl) was a renowned poet whose famous Arabic poem in praise of Lord Shiva, included in Sair-ul-Okul and cited on a column in the (fire worship pavilion in the rear garden of the) Lakshmi Narayan Temple in New Delhi, runs as under: Kafavomal fikra min ulumin Tab asayru The hymn Prophet Muhammad's uncle wrote in praise of Lord Shiva
What if we were to dump all the tea in the world into the Great Lakes? How strong, compared to a regular cup of tea, would the lake tea be? Alex Burman Weak, bordering on homeopathic. The standard cup of tea, as described by the International Organization for Standardization in ISO 3103, contains two grams of tea per 100 mL of water.Further ISO standards concerning tea include ISO 3720 (black tea), ISO 11287 (green tea), and ISO 14502-2 (the difference between black tea and green tea). The Great Lakes have a volume of about 22,600 cubic kilometers, which means we would need about 450 billion tons of tea to reach proper strength.
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