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27 cities around the world where expats are happy, rents are affordable, and jobs are plentiful

InterNations recently released its 2017 list of the best cities for living and working abroad. City rankings are based on survey responses from nearly 8,000 people in 40 countries. For each city, we also compiled cost-of-living estimates from Numbeo's database. If you're thinking about living abroad, the best people to ask for tips might be the people who have already done it: expats. InterNations, an expatriate network and global guide, put together a list of the best cities for living and working abroad, according to expats they surveyed.

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This is the most Instagrammed city in the world in winter

Bern has been named the most popular location to Instagram when the cold sets in, according to research by laser eye surgery clinic Focus Clinic. Switzerland's capital city, known for its medieval landmark clock tower and stunning neo-Renaissance buildings, is officially Instagram users' favourite winter city to upload to their social media accounts -- even featuring in more Instagram posts than the Northern Lights over Norway.

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Terror in Europe: US State Department warns of 'heightened risks'

On the day that a late-summer slump in tourism from North America to Britain was revealed, the US government warned American travellers of the risk of terror attacks anywhere in Europe as the festive season gets under way. “The Department of State alerts US citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season,” the travel alert reads.

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If you're travelling by train before Christmas, you need to read this

As pre-Christmas travel accelerates, rail passengers planning inter-city journeys face multiple problems from strikes and engineering works. Christmas markets are getting under way in London, York and Edinburgh this weekend, with those in Birmingham and Manchester already open. But trains will be disrupted on Sunday, with hundreds of miles of the CrossCountry rail network closed because of a strike by members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers about rostering and Sunday working.

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The country with the best international image has been announced

Germany has been named the country with the best "brand image" according to a new study of 50 countries. It has leapfrogged the USA, which previously held the title. The National Brands Index, conducted in association with independent policy advisor Simon Anholt, conducts what it says is the world's most comprehensive global nation branding strategy, combining six dimensions: governance, exports, people, culture & heritage, tourism, investment and immigration. 

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Why Soweto's the best place to visit in Johannesburg

“Do you want to play?” our guide Linda asked my two daughters as they dropped their bikes on the dusty pavement and looked longingly towards a group of boys kicking a ball.  They didn’t need to be asked twice – football-mad, they’re always keen to show boys that they’re every bit as good when it comes to dribbling skills. The fact that we were in the middle of Soweto, where once no white person would have ventured, bothered them not in the slightest. 

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Top 10: the best luxury Paris hotels

An expert guide to the best luxury hotels in Paris, from five-star grand dames to hotels with palace status, featuring the top places to stay for ornate bedrooms, Michelin-starred restaurants and divine spas, in locations close to the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées and the Louvre.

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Top 10: the best design hotels in New York

An expert guide to the best design hotels in New York, including the best for quirky design, Art Deco interiors, colourful and well-equipped bedrooms, Michelin restaurants and trendy bars, in areas including Midtown, Upper East Side, NoMad and the Financial District, and near Broadway, Wall Street, Madison Avenue and Central Park.

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