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Australia's best hotel pools

Qualia pool

The best hotels in Australia to plunge into.

Four suburbs in Hong Kong

great leap forward

After a forty years, Louise Hawson returns to her childhood home town to find out how much of "old Hong Kong" still exists.

Preparations ahead of carnival

A worker lays out Barack Obama carnival masks at the Mascaras Condal factory in Sao Goncalo, Brazil, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Rio Carnival is a 4 day celebration which starts 40 days before Easter and finishes on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Workers cut, paint and prepare props and costumes for the Rio de Janeiro carnival, a four-day celebration starting 40 days before Easter and finishing on Fat Tuesday.

Summer Series - A Houseboat at Eildon

L to R father Noel Courtney ,neighbour young teenage girl ,20 yr old Georgia Courtney ,mum LInda Courtney ,cambell courtney 15 and cousin jumping from boat Madison Henwood 12yrs. Boat at Lake Eildon Victoria

Sunday Age Summer Series takes a look into the holiday homes of families around Victoria during the summer months.

Costa Concordia

The Costa Concordia cruiseship lies in the harbor of the Tuscan island of Giglio. January 15, 2012.

As rescue workers search the vessel for missing passengers and crew, mounting evidence suggests human error was to blame for the Costa Concordia cruise liner capsizing off the Tuscan coast.

Art world eyes still on MONA

MONA in Hobart. Photo by Peter Mathew

A look back in pictures at a year of provocative art and performance at Hobart's Museum of New and Old Art in Hobert (MONA).

Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis Paradise Island

Atantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas boasts a57-hectare, open-air water park with two rivers, including a 1.

Wide brown land by train

Indian Pacific train.

Take a photographic journey from east to west on board the Indian Pacific train.

Hidden Gems: South Channel Fort

Australian fur seals

South Channel Fort is an artificial island in southern Port Phillip Bay, built close to the main shipping channel, using bluestone boulders, concrete and sand.

New Year's Eve around the globe

NYE 2011

From war zones to Red Square ... how people around the world saw in the new year, 2012.

Sights most featured in movies

Brighton, Sussex. Royal Pavilion.

Front up to the world’s most popular backdrops – each stars in their own right. From Lonely Planet’s new book, 1000 Ultimate Sights, out now.

Rio sizzles into summer

Bathers refresh themselves at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Thousands of people crowd Rio de Janeiro's famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches as hot weather hits.

Harbin Ice and Snow World

Serve chilled ... light shows add to the shimmering landscape.

The Harbin International Ice Festival in China is one of the world's four largest international ice festivals, along with Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec Winter Carnival, and Norway's...

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Transsexual flight attendants take off

PC Air transsexual flight attendants

New Thai airline PC Air has took off on its first proving flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani province in March after it recruited four transsexual flight attendants earlier this year.

Italy's new 'Ferrari' fast trains

Italy NTV high speed train.

Passengers on board Italy's new Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) trains might be forgiven for thinking of Ferrari cars at the sight of the low nose, the deep-red livery and the sleek interiors.

A glimpse behind the closed doors of Yangon

A man works in a rice field in Dala township, near Yangon

Myanmar's former capital and biggest city Yangon is a crumbling monument to almost half a century of isolation and mismanagement at the hands of generals who took power in a 1962 coup and ruled with...

Hot-air in the sky

Pic by Tim Young. Global Ballooning pilot Tim Steiner at the controls of his balloon during a morning flight over Melbourne, date Nov 22, 2011. To go with article by Tim Young.

Tim Young spent a morning floating above the city skyline in a hot-air ballooon. Taking off at 5am from Royal Park the balloon drifted south-east before landing in Bulleen an hour later.

Abseiling from the Story Bridge

Marissa abseil

brisbanetimes.com.au journalist Marissa Calligeros abseils from Brisbane's Story Bridge.

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Inside Emirates' flight attendant school

Emirates Flight Attendant

Take a look inside the Emirates Aviation College in Dubai, where prospective flight attendants for Emirates learn the ropes.

'The last paradise on earth'

Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia.

Raja Ampat, a remote pearl of Asia between the Pacific and Indian oceans in eastern Indonesia’s Papua province has remained a closely guarded secret and one of the last frontiers of tourism, known...