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World’s largest glasshouse at Kew Gardens reopens in London

LONDON: London's Kew Gardens the world's largest Victorian glasshouse is to reopen its Temperate House after a five-year restoration. For the first time in its history, the structure was "stripped back to bare metal" and modernized. More than 5,280 litres (1,160 gallons) of paint was used, enough to cover four football pitches, and 15,000 panes of glass replaced. The Temperate House renovations cost ¬£41m. Sometimes described as "the Goldilocks zone" of the planet, the vast greenhouse is now home to a…

Iraq reopens hot springs spa amid Mosul war chaos

HAMMAM AL-ALIL, IRAQ:¬†Some Iraqis in this town get massages in a spa or take muddy baths and relax in the morning sun on the banks of the Tigris. Others beg for food or rise at dawn to queue for water. Hammam al-Alil, a town south of Mosul once famous throughout Iraq for its healing hot waters, is back in business after a U.S.-backed offensive retook the area from Islamic State militants and authorities reopened its spa. This oasis of leisure now coexists, however, with camps housing more than 30,000 of the people…