How much do you really know about Mary and Joseph?

Mary and Joseph, known as the parents of Jesus, are truly significant characters in religious history. However, their personal lives remain a relative mystery. While it is acknowledged in Catholicism that Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus, which Joseph accepted, any other defining moments in their relationship are less well known. In this gallery, we explore the lives of Mary and Joseph, shedding light on their individual stories as well as their dedicated roles in the holy family. Intrigued? Click on to expand what you know about these important figures in religious history.

The 30 most dangerous countries in the world in 2024

The world is a dangerous place to live in, especially when one considers that there are 195 countries with their own governments and their own agendas. Every year, a global think tank in Australia–called the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)–releases a report known as the Global Peace Index. The report measures how peaceful each country in the world is by analyzing many factors, including a country’s rate of violent crime and the number of wars fought. After analyzing these statistics, each country is given a GPI score; and the lower the score, the better. We’ve curated a list of the most dangerous countries mentioned in the report, and you might be surprised with the results. Intrigued? Click through the gallery to see what those countries are.

Food favorites that may soon be extinct

For many of us, food is more than just sustenance. It's a window into a variety of cultures around the world, or an expression of love that comes from a parent, friend, or significant other. However, what happens when some of the key ingredients in our favorite dishes are no longer available for our use? Well, we may soon find out. Barley is one of many ingredients that are in jeopardy, and it’s all thanks to climate change. This means we will soon have to say goodbye to cool, refreshing beer. It’s being predicted that beer consumption around the world will decline by 16%, while prices for the refreshing beverage are likely to double. The really bad news is that isn't all. Tequila prices are likely to shoot up due to increased demand for the liquor in New York and Tokyo, specifically. While tequila itself might not go extinct, quality tequila may, as the increased pressure on production is not allowing the agave plants to develop to their full maturity. With numerous farmers using immature plants, how long will it be before we're all drinking from the bottom-shelf tequila bottle? And not even hummus is safe! Chickpeas are also facing difficulties in meeting their demand, as temperatures in countries like India (the world's lead exporter of chickpeas) have risen and droughts have become more numerous. These are just a few examples, but there are plenty of other foods that may very well be gone for good, and very soon at that. If you're a big fan of margaritas, hummus, or a nice, cold pint, you better click through this gallery to learn which items you'll need to start buying in bulk before they disappear… forever!

Demonstrators gather in Mallorca in rally against 'excessive tourism'

People from all walks of life gathered in the capital Palma to call for limits on the number of visitors which they accuse of ruining the lives of locals by inflating property prices and causing traffic jams.

I'm an American and tried British condiment and instantly regretted it

Desarae, from Pennsylvania, U.S., who tried a classic English condiment for the first time on TikTok learned that less is truly more - with Brits left gobsmacked by her daring approach.

American father AVOIDS Turks and Caicos prison for ammo in luggage

Bryan Hagerich, 39, from Pennsylvania, was charged with possession of firearms after loose bullets were allegedly found in his luggage earlier this year.

Ibiza residents take to the streets in protest of mass tourism

Ibiza residents take to the streets in protest of mass tourism by boozy tourists. Thousands marched with banners reading 'we don't want an island of cement' and 'not like this' as residents pushed back at boozed up holidaymakers.

The 30 best small towns in America

America is an enormous country with many beautiful big cities that are world famous. Names like Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco come to mind. With that being said, not everyone is a fan of the busy city life; plenty enjoy a quieter lifestyle. Luckily, there are absolutely beautiful small towns in America that everyone should discover. Ready? Click on for the 30 best small towns in America.

Martin Lewis reveals the secret to securing the best easyJet deals

The Sycamore Gap Tree: Why Britain's most famous tree got cut down

WATCH: Why Japan banned tourists from certain areas

A growing number of governments are implementing bans on tourists in a bid to deal with over-tourism and unruly visitor behaviour.

Red Lobster staff dish on the toxic and demoralizing workplace

Staff at Red Lobster have opened up about the 'miserable' environment at the workplace and blamed Thai bosses for the decline of the world's largest seafood chain.

Lunar rainbow: What this fascinating celestial event is all about?

Last colonies: Pacific Islands still owned by other nations

Six Pacific territories are still partially governed by former colonizing powers: US, UK, New Zealand and France. Riots in Caledonia have brought these Islands and their quest for independence into the spotlight.

Paris Hilton cuddles up to her two kids in adorable snaps from family vacation to Hawaii... after addressing concerns over their car seats

Paris Hilton took to Instagram to show off some sweet snaps she took of her adorable family as they traveled to Hawaii on Saturday.

Overdue megaprojects whose costs have spiralled out of control

From a billion-dollar airport to railway projects that have gone decidedly off the tracks, we explore some of the world's most notoriously problematic megaprojects...

A popular Johannesburg hiking trail has been closed

The Lonehill Koppie trail in Johannesburg, known for its natural beauty and scenic views, has been closed for the winter months.

Why is wild swimming suddenly so popular?

It's easy to see the appeal of taking a cooling dip in the sea on a hot summer's day, but taking the plunge into an icy lake or chilly river when it's cold outside? For many people, the idea seems like madness. But for a growing group of brave souls, outdoor swimming in all weather has become a popular pastime. Would you take the plunge? Click through this gallery to find out why wild swimming has suddenly become so popular.

The world's most stunning clifftop towns will make you dizzy

Venture to dizzy heights with a look at some of the world’s most incredible clifftop towns. From seaside citadels to remote medieval mountain villages, living life on the edge has never looked so good.

The essential 70s folk playlist

Flip through the slideshow for 20 essential classics to include on any '70s folk playlist, all of which make for a perfect soundtrack for a road trip or lazy day of lounging and listening to great tunes.

Couple who met on Hinge booked a £600 holiday for their first date

Sophie Holdgate, 27, and Conor Jay, 29, from Leeds, who matched on Hinge met up after a week of talking and spontaneously booked a flight to Copenhagen, Denmark.

UFOs in the skies over Brazil, Argentina and Chile stump experts

Strange luminous 'rods' have been caught on camera in the skies over several South American countries in the past month, can reveal.

Discover the most astonishing beaches of Africa

Africa is a fantastically diverse continent, where vast stretches of velvety sand, endless horizons of sparkling waters, and vibrant sea life await. But where to begin? By combining the travel wisdom of over 1,200 journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies, Flight Network put together an extensive catalog of African beaches ranked by their untouched beauty, remoteness, sand and water quality, annual days of sunshine, and average annual temperature. Click through to see the 30 best of the best.

Cost of saving Red List species

Although South Africa, as one of only 17 megadiverse countries on Earth, has done much to protect species from dire threats, much still needs to be done to ensure the survival of the country’s priceless natural heritage.

The mysterious bent pyramid and more ancient Egyptian secrets

Here are some of Egypt's familiar sights and lesser-known relics – and the fascinating stories behind them.

Coastal decorating schemes perfect for Summer

Looking for some cool coastal decorating ideas? From beach house decor to a seaside-themed bathroom, there's a whole host of ways to give your home a stylish nautical look...

North Carolina man says bizarre UFO landed from his garden

A shocked North Carolina man revealed the ginormous and bizarre UFO object he stumbled upon in the mountains.

Road trip fun: Discovering hidden gems of the USA

Planning your next road trip and looking for an out-of-the-box destination? Beyond the well-trodden paths lie lesser-known destinations, waiting to charm and captivate. These hidden gems offer a perfect blend of nature's wonders, historical richness, and cultural diversity. Join us as we explore 30 unique and inviting locations across the United States, each with its own distinctive character, ensuring memorable adventures for your next road trip. Click on to discover them all!

The US missionaries killed in capital where violent gangs control 80% of city

The US missionaries killed in capital where violent gangs control 80% of city - Criminal gang members attacked the couple – along with a local mission group leader – after leaving a youth group in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince

15 ambitious megaprojects that will change travel forever

Feast your eyes on these awe-inspiring plans for futuristic hotels and attractions, including incredible tree-buildings designed using AI.

Apartments evacuated after dangerous fire started by lithium battery

About 50 residents were evacuated from the three-storey Axis Apartments in Chippendale, Sydney , at about 12.45am on Sunday.

Quiz: can you name these iconic landmarks from their close-ups?

We've found 28 of the most famous and awe-inspiring landmarks ready for their close-up – can you guess what and where they are?

Spot the difference: world-famous landmarks and their replicas

From Stonehenge to the Colosseum, some of the most famous world wonders have inspired a host of copycat attractions in far flung corners of the globe. Read on and see if you can tell the replicas from the originals. After all, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

CTICC wins gold at prestigious awards

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has received an international accolade after winning gold at the prestigious 2024 Eventex Global Awards.

Vivid Sydney 2024 kicks off in style with brilliant light displays

Sydney Harbour has been transformed into an extravaganza of light and colour as the Vivid 2024 festival kicks off with a bang.

15 magnificent palaces where you can actually spend the night

These royal residences, including jaw-dropping quarters in the Palace of Versailles and Gritti Palace in Venice, are now luxury hotels paying homage to their illustrious history. Here’s our pick of the most beautiful palatial places to stay around the world.

Steps to take if you LOSE your South African passport while travelling

Whether you're vacationing or on a business trip, losing your passport overseas can be a real set back. But it's not the end of the world.

20 ways to travel well and leave a small footprint

Travellers are increasingly searching for holidays that are healthier for them and the planet. They may try an off-the-grid experience in nature as a cure for all the time they spend with technology; or they may seek to leave a smaller carbon footprint by reducing their jet travel or finding resorts that truly embrace sustainable practices. Here are 20 ways to be a more eco-conscious and healthy traveller.

Meet the angels of Van Reenen’s Pass, saving lives for 40 years and counting

The CMS team have seen their fair share of tragedy over the years, witnessing accidents that would leave most people scarred for life. But saving lives also comes with its rewarding moments.

Where was The Shining filmed? Uncovering the horror classic's locations

The Shining filming locations consisted of real and recreated places that brought the Overlook Hotel to life. Uncover where the horror classic was shot!

This is where you should live in the USA based on your personality

With 50 states and thousands of municipalities, America has a little something for everyone. Like-minded people tend to gather near their essential elements, whether that be sunshine or a copious amount of wine, so check out this gallery based on a list by Culture Trip to see where is best for you, depending on your personality.

Brits pack out UK beaches before more thunderstorms batter Britain

Brits have flocked to beaches dotted throughout the UK as the sunshine beams and temperatures hit 21C, making the most of the sunshine before thunderstorms descend on Sunday.

Massive fire at India amusement park leaves at least 20 people dead

A massive fire broke in an amusement park in India, leaving at least 20 people dead. The blaze erupted at the park in the city of Rajkot in Gujarat state.

‘Not possible’ to search for British climber feared dead after going missing on Everest

‘Not possible’ to search for British climber feared dead after going missing on Everest - Nepali official says Daniel Paterson and a sherpa fell on their way down from “a very high altitude” on the Chinese side of the mountain, complicating any rescue effort

I'm phone expert - these tips will keep phone bill down this summer

James McQuillan, UK & Ireland Country Manager at Lyca Mobile, reveals five tips for slashing phone bills while on holiday this summer - as it's revealed Brits rack up an average bill of £118 while abroad.

More adventure awaits on the KZN South Coast with the launch of the rural tourism experience

Emalangeni Experience launched on the KZN South Coast as part of efforts to promote rural tourism in the region.

20 facts you might not know about 'The Shining'

Combine an iconic, taxing director, one of the most successful writers ever, and the biggest movie star of his generation, and you get “The Shining.”

What is 'quiet vacationing'?

There’s another workplace trend to look out for - 'quiet vacationing' - and it’s a further example of gen Z and millennial workers attempting to reclaiming ownership of their work life balance. You may have heard of ‘quiet quitting’, which came to prominence last year on TikTok, described as a way for workers to empower themselves and redraw bounda...

Inside the world's wonderful rotating homes

Whether you're a sun-seeker or simply want to soak up gorgeous vistas from every room of the house, these innovative homes will swivel, shift and tilt, for a truly smart and responsive living space.

Discover the world's last unspoiled destinations for perfect peace and quiet

Lesser-visited and underrated destinations around the world for those who really want to get away from it all.